Porous Pave has introduced eight custom colors for its porous, flexible pour-in-place surfacing material.
“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 CEO of the company. “Our custom colors offer the eight combinations proven best for harmonizing permeable paved surfaces with a variety of landscape and hardscape designs.”
Porous Pave XL consists of 50 percent recycled rubber chips and 50 percent stone aggregate with a urethane binder. Porous Pave XLS is 100 percent recycled rubber chips with a more elastic urethane binder. The custom colors are gray-black, tan-black, brown-black, cypress-black, red-black, brown-tan, green-brown and blue-gray.
Based in Grant, Michigan, Porous Pave says its colors are permanent and fade resistant. Discarded tires, diverted from landfills and recycled, are shredded and processed into the approximately one-quarter-inch rubber chips incorporated into Porous Pave. Rather than merely coating the outer surface of the rubber with paint, the company says its manufacturing process infuses the chips with dyes and UV inhibitors.
In addition to storm-water infrastructure, Porous Pave is used for surfaces such as loading docks, driveways and parking areas, building entrances and courtyards, walkways and sidewalks, patios and terraces, and walking trails and golf cart paths. In addition, the material’s porosity, permeability, slip resistance and durability make it a popular choice for tree surrounds in urban environments.
With its 100 percent recycled rubber chip content and more flexible urethane binding agent, Porous Pave XLS establishes permeable surfaces that are more impact-absorbing. The company says XLS is regularly chosen for pool surrounds, playgrounds, splash pads and walking areas adjacent to water features.