It’s Time to Freshen Up Your Curb Appeal

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, so why not ensure yours is a great one?

Now that summer is approaching, it’s time to pay attention to your curb appeal. They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, so why not ensure yours is a great one? Porous Pave Inc. just introduced new custom colors for Porous Pave. The highly porous, flexible, durable pour-in-place surfacing material is made up of 50 percent recycled rubber chips and 50 percent stone aggregate with a urethane binder. An eco-friendly green building product made in the U.S., Porous Pave XLS is fully recycled rubber chips with a more elastic urethane binder. The new custom colors available are gray-black, tan-black, brown-black, cypress-black, red-black, brown-tan, green-brown and blue-grey.


“In the decade since we first introduced Porous Pave, landscape architects and contractors have experimented with mixing two or more of our solid, standard rubber colors,” said Dave Ouwinga, president and chief executive officer, Porous Pave, Inc. “Our custom colors offer the eight combinations proven best for harmonizing permeable paved surfaces with a variety of landscape and hardscape designs.”

Porous Pave colors are fade resistant and permanent. The material is made from discarded tires shredded and processed into the one-quarter-inch nominal size rubber chips. Porous Pave infuses the chips with dyes and UV inhibitors to prevent fading, cracking and flaking of the rubber. The material infiltrates stormwater at the source, decreases volume and slows the velocity of peak stormwater flow into storm drains and storm sewers. It reduces erosion from runoff, filters out pollutants to improve water quality and recharges groundwater. Engineered with 29 percent void space, Porous Pave allows water to permeate through the surface, filter through a compacted aggregate base, and seep into the soil below. Independent testing proved that up to 6,300 gallons of water per hour per square foot can successfully drain through Porous Pave.

Porous Pave XL is a heavy-duty, hard-wearing material that works great on loading docks, driveways and parking areas, building entrances and courtyards, walkways and sidewalks, patios and terraces, walking trails and golf cart paths. It works well as tree surrounds in urban environments as well.