Introduction to pervious surface types


Pervious surfaces can be either porous or permeable. The important distinction between the two is:


  • Porous surfacing is a surface that infiltrates water across the entire surface.

  • Permeable surfacing is formed of material that is itself impervious to water but, by virtue of voids formed through the surface, allows infiltration through the pattern of voids.


There are many different variations of each type that are commercially available.


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