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"...Moderna specializes in the installation of interlocking concrete pavers for driveways, walkways, pool decks, patios, and entry features. Services include; design and project planning, demolition and removal of existing surface, excavating and site preparation, site leveling and grading, drainage routing and installation, interlocking concrete paver and slab pavement installation, clean-up and landscape finishing, sealing, cleaning, maintenance and repair..." Read More

Moderna Pavers of Jacksonville has been designing and creating beautiful brick paver and retaining wall projects in Jacksonville backyards for many years.  They also specialize in brick paver driveways and other large scale projects with an all in-house approach and impressive equipment array.  You can visit the Moderna Pavers website for more information and photos showcasing their work.

Sunday
Sep072008

Permeable Pavers Growing Fast in Jacksonville.

Around town we have seen a large increase in concrete masonry units (also called pavers, concrete pavers, paving stones, paving block, interlocking concrete pavers and brick pavers) widely used for paving driveways, access lanes, parking areas, streets, plazas, shopping malls, walks, patios, and swimming pool decks. They have been popping up in many residential neighborhoods and some of our new favorite shopping and dining spots like the St Johns Town Center.

Many owners are taking it a step further and using permeable pavers. Permeable Pavers can help preserve our environment and the most preciouslocal resource of all - water. They reduce the amount of storm water runoff entering our natural waterways and carrying with it contaminants and pollutants.  The permeable pavers allow the water to naturally drain into the surface through the voids in the permeable pavers promoting the infiltration of rainwater. Infiltration can also reduce pollutant loading from vehicles. May contribute to LEED Credit SS 6.

Tuesday
Jun102008

New Line of Permeable Pavers

Subterra, the latest ecological permeable paver from Oldcastle will be manufactured here in the coming weeks.  This is yet another product in the growing permeable paver market. 

From the Belgard website:

SUSTAINABLE
A 9.5% opening ratio allows rainwater to naturally drain to native sub soils, reducing the impact on the environment and storm water management. The result: better stewardship of our environment and improved land usage.

LOWER LIFE-CYCLE COSTS
Like all interlocking concrete paver solutions, Subterra Stone offers better durability and long-term strength. The result: lower life-cycle costs than traditional rigid paving solutions, particularly in extreme climate conditions.

ELEGANCE
Subterra Stone is the most natural looking permeable paver on the market.  With six different natural stone textures and 13 different false joint patterns.  The result: unmatched style and the appeal of actual cobblestones.

Tuesday
Apr012008

Pervious Pavers: The Pavement of Choice for Green Building?

They're popular for driveways in Europe and Japan. Is main street America ready for the new eco-friendly pervious paver?

Storm water runoff is key when talking about this type of paving stone. A growing government concern about water runoff is prompting more interest in the United States in what are known as “permeable”, "pervious" or "porous" pavers. These paving blocks have holes and notches in the middle and stand-off edges to allow water to percolate back into the earth, rather than run into overloaded sewer systems. Picture lattice embedded in the ground.

David Smith of ICPI (the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) says in some areas, using these pavers can allow you to build a larger home.

He cites the East Coast's Chesapeake Bay region as an example. Land within a thousand feet of the Bay shoreline has been designated a "critical environmental area." Smith says that means when someone wants to build a home, the total amount of impervious material they may use is restricted.

Impervious materials are those that don't allow water to penetrate, such as roofs, sidewalks, and conventional driveways and patios. Since surfaces covered with pervious paving material allow water to soak in, you can spend more of that impervious allowance on your house, and less on the driveway.

Legal considerations aside, Smith says some people just like the look of the rain-friendly paving material and don't want the look of plain concrete or asphalt. You can put grass or gravel in the openings. When grass is used, that's a lot prettier and cooler" and "blends in with the environment."

According to Smith, pervious pavers allow a house to be "more visually dominant than the driveway."

Pervious pavers are most commonly used in the U.S. for things like fire access roads and overflow parking lots. However, Smith says holey paving stones are growing in popularity for residential use because they're "very practical in coastal areas, near bays, near lakes. Wherever there's sandy soil they work extremely well." These pavers have been lending themsolves well to Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville area.

There are several manufacturers right here in Jacksonville making the new pervious pavers. Though these pavers are not considered mainstream now, they are expected to take off in the near future as this green movement becomes more forefront.

The life-cycle of the permeable pavers is expected to be 30 years or more- outlasting every other type of pavement by many years. Even though they will be at a higher initial cost, the longevity will make them much more cost effective in the long run.