Permeable Pavement

Permeable Pavement

Permeable pavement (also called pervious or porous pavement) is a new and unique way to contend with environmental problems and foster sustainable growth.  Permeable paving allows stormwater to move through its surface.  Which helps to reduce runoff and erosion, and filters and traps pollutants and solids.  Can be used in residential, commercial and public works.

Uses & Benefits of Permeable Pavement


  • Creative Hardscaping & Water Features
  • Golfcourses
  • Surrounds for Trees
  • Walkways and Sidewalks
  • Loading Docks, Driveways, and Parking Areas
  • Trails, Cart Paths, and Pathways
  • Patios and Courtyards
  • Pool Decking
  • Playgrounds

Pervious Pavement Sidewalk


Environmental Benefits

  • Typically Uses Recycled Rubber or Glass
  • Reduces and Eliminates Runoff
  • Filters Waterborne Pollutants and Suspended Solids
  • Renews Groundwater
  • Prevents Heat Island Effect by Reducing Surface Temps
  • No Need for Water Collection Areas or Retention Basins
  • Mixed On-Site With No Heavy Equipment for Minimal Installation Damage
  • Meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulations for Stormwater

Financial Benefits

  • Reduces Demand on Storm Sewer System – Smaller System Needed
  • Lowers Cost – No Need for Gutters, Curbs, Retention Basins, Swales, and Other Stormwater Collection Designs
  • Can Last as Long as Regular Concrete if Installed Correctly
  • Minimizes Installation Cost (No Storm Drains, Underground Piping, or Grading/Sloping Required)
  • Less Salt Needed During Winter Conditions, Good Traction When Wet and Resists Damage From Snow Plows

Porous Pave

We’ve partnered with Porous Pave for all residential, commercial and public works projects.  The Porous Pave team has over 10 years of experience in the permeable pavement industry.  We’re happy to have their support and products.  Giving you confidence that your project will be completely correctly and efficiently.

Porous Pave is a permeable paving material that is poured-in-place.  Being extremely porous, durable, and flexible.  Made in the U.S.A and provides unmatched versatility, permeability, and strength.

Benefits of Porous Pave Material

The high porous structure of Porous Pave is one of its greatest features.  Allowing water to drain through in large amounts.  Lowering the amount of stormwater that goes into other drainage areas.

  • Water storage capacity and non-skid property of Porous Pave provides a safer surface for parking areas and walkways
  • Puddles are eliminated in low areas
  • Recycled tires are used to make Porous Pave.  1/4″ – 3/8″ chips made of rubber from car tires.   Using a shredding process that helps to remove any steel.
  • Prevents tires from being placed in landfills.  For every 1,00 sq. ft. of 2″ porous pavement 300 scrap tires are used.
  • Mixed on-site or pour-in-place
  • Reduces slips and falls by not heaving and cracking like concrete pathways and sidewalks.
  • When sub-base moves Porous Pave moves because it uses 50% rubber material that flexes
  • Resists heaving or cracks due to frost or ground movement
  • Can me installed in temps in range of 40º and 90º F.  Cures in around 24 hours.  Making is a faster and wider range curing time than similar permeable paving systems.
  • No heavy machinery needed
  • Installation is around half the time of brick permeable pavers
  • No cuts or expansion joints needed mean one large seamless surface
  • Whole surface area is permeable not just some like brick
  • More grip than concrete
  • Ample traction when wet to reduce falls and slips
  • Resists damage from snow plows
  • Resistant to ozone, chlorine, oil, muriatic acid, UV light, gas, diesel, transmission fluid, salt water, hydraulic fluid, and more
  • Handles lower speed truck and car traffic
  • Works for hiking trails, patios, bike paths, golf cart paths, sand bunkers, and other pedestrian traffic areas
  • Can be applied over existing asphalt, metal, wood, and concrete surfaces

Showcase of Porous Pave Installations

Bunker Liner

Use Sand Guard bunker liner to keep your bunkers in shape.  Lasts for decades instead of only a few years.

Advantage of Sand Guard

  • Keeps bunkers playable by being more permeable
  • Strong solid surface
  • No sub-base and applied directly on top of bunker floors

Golf Course Bunker Liner

High Permeability

  • Prevents washouts and puddles
  • Lets water soak into drainage pipes quickly

Flexible & Durable

  • 15-20 years of life
  • Crack resistant
  • Withstands heat and freezing due to being made out of rubberGolf Sand Bunker Liner


  • Designed with recycled tires
  • Doesn’t leach (Encapsulated)

Seamless & Solid

  • Keeps sand stable, clean and sealedGolf Course Bunker
  • One continuous surface with no joints

Easy & Fast Installation

  • Fast cure time – sand ready in 24-hours
  • Easily conforms to bunker slopes and shapes
  • Mixed and applied on-site



Examples of Permeable Pavement in Action

Permeable Pavement Design and Installation

We offer permeable pavement design and installation in the Illinois, Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin areas. We do travel if project and schedule permits. Contact us for a quote or other questions.

History of Permeable Pavement

We often think of permeable paving as new.  Although it was seen back in the 1800s in Europe on various projects like pavement surfacing, infill panels, structural purpose, and load bearing walls.  World War II brought a shortage of cement and it rose to popularity again.

What is new is its application.  The United States has been using it in only the last 50 years.  Someone must have caught wind of what they were doing in Europe and introduced the idea in the 1960s.  In hopes to help raise water tables, replenish aquifers, and reduce floods.  The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) then shortly after started to test permeable pavements in Texas, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.   Texas was their main site with monitoring equipment.

In 1977 Edmund Thelen and L. Fielding Howe wrote a design guide for pervious pavement called “Porous Pavement”.  This laid down the framework in pervious pavement that is still used today.

Permeable pavement is just now really catching on throughout the U.S. and Biologic Performance is proud to be apart of its growing use.

Frequently Asked Questions About Permeable Paving

We price most permeable paving jobs by the square foot.  Each job is unique so we cannot give you a exact quote without looking at the project.  Please contact us for more info.

Our main service areas are Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI.  But, we will travel schedule permitting.  Please contact us for more information.

From our services page:

Serving Illinois

Lake County: Antioch, Bannockburn, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Deer Park, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Gages Lake, Grayslake, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Hainsville, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, High wood, Indian Creek, Ingleside, Island Lake, Ivanhoe, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake Bluff, Lake forest, Lake Villa, Lake moor, Libertyville, Lake Zurich, Mettawa, Lincolnshire, Mundelein, North Barrington, Old Mill Creek, Palentine, Prairie View, Riverwoods, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights and Park, Russell, Third Lake, Tower Lakes, Vernon Hills, Volo, Wadsworth, Wauconda, Zion

Cook County: Barrington, Palatine, Wheeling, Northfield, New Trier, Hanover, Schaumberg, Elk Grove, Maine, Niles, Evanston, Chicago


Lake Geneva, Kenosha, Burlington, Bristol, Racine, Trevor

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