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FAQs - StablePAVE ECO Gravel Stabilisation system

Do I need planning to use this as a driveway product?
StablePAVE ECO is a permeable paving solution; click here to visit the planning portal for more information

Can you drive cars on this?
StablePAVE ECO is for pathways and occasional light traffic only. StablePAVE TRADE 30, TRADE 40, and HD are designed for cars.

Can you use it on a slope?
Gentle slopes are OK; (up to 1 in 10) you must maintain the driveway by raking the gravel. If the honeycomb can be seen, this is when damage occurs.

How do you install it?
StablePAVE ECO is easy to install. Install a sub-base (75mm to 200mm of hardcore / crushed concrete) and 25mm to 50mm of compacted sharp sand. Thinner bases can be used for foot traffic (50mm of hardcore / crushed concrete and 15mm of compacted sharp sand) (Please note these figures are only general guides). Refer to our installation pages for more information

What is the product made from?
UV stable Polypropylene

How long does it last?
We have seen applications in Holland which have been laid for approx 20 years and are still being used. The product is UV stable, and is resistant to most chemicals.

What size gravel can you use?
Upto 10mm diameter of stone / gravel.

Does it drain?
Yes, water simply runs through the gravel and membrane – completely porous.

How many square metres per sheet?

How do you edge it?

  1. Brick & Cement
  2. Haunched concrete
  3. Tanalised timber
  4. Specialist edging
  5. Tarmacadam (for ramping to existing surfaces)

Can you install it on an old drive / concrete base?
We do not recommend that you use the existing drive as a sub-base for the StablePAVE ECO as this can cause drainage problems with non-porous materials.

Does it stop weeds growing?
Yes, the semi-permeable membrane which is glued to the underside of the product will help stop weeds growing.

Is it frost proof / heat proof?
Yes, to -43C and +80C

What maintenance do I need to carry out?
Ensure that the honeycomb is always covered with a thin layer of gravel (approx 10mm). If you can see the honeycomb this is when it can become damaged. You may need to top up the gravel on heavily trafficked areas.

Is it easy to maintain?
Yes. Whilst there is no rutting and aggregate migration you will still need to occasionally rake the gravel. If you can see the StablePAVE honeycomb you should rake gravel to completely cover the honeycomb, thus preventing damage.

Is it environmentally friendly?
Yes. StablePAVE ECO provides a porous paving solutions which returns water back to the environment instead of diverting to drainage systems or causing the flooding problems of traditional pavement installations. StablePAVE is completely recyclable and uses 100% recycled polypropylene which is UV and heat resistant, therefore it does not easily degrade which could lead to toxins leaking into the environment.

Can I use StablePAVE ECO for an ada-compliant surface?
Yes. Non stabilised gravel surfaces are difficult for people with mobility impairments to negotiate and therefore should be avoided, StablePAVE ECO allows a natural look, yet offers a stabilised finish Easy passage for foot traffic, vehicles, pushchairs, bicycles and wheelchairs, please check suitability with your local council and building control officer.

Is it a porous paving solution?
Yes. Water travels through the honeycomb, gravel and geotextile membrane across the complete surface so this is a true porous paving product. Pervious surfaces can be either porous or permeable. The important distinction between the two is:

Porous paving - A permeable surface allowing the passage of water through voids within, rather than between, the paving blocks/slabs.
Porous surface - A surface that infiltrates water to the sub-base across the entire surface of the material forming the surface, for example grass and gravel surfaces, porous concrete and porous asphalt.

Permeable pavement - A paved surface that allows the passage of water through voids between the paving blocks/slabs.
Permeable surface - A surface formed of material that is itself impervious to water but, by virtue of voids formed through the surface, allows infiltration of water to the sub-base through the pattern of voids, e.g. concrete block paving.

Does it meet the requirements for suds?
Yes. StablePAVE ECO is compatible with Sustainable (Urban) Drainage Solutions as it is a porous surface. SUDS can be either porous or permeable.