Manufactured from recycled polyethylene and moulded into shape, GP40 gravel grid is most commonly used to create DIY gravel driveways, garden bases, car parks, access routes and more. The grids versatility is what makes it such a popular ground reinforcement grid. Due to its unique design and formulation of plastic each GP40 panel can withstand up 250 tonnes per m2, is weatherproof and rot-resistant so will not break down over time. The open structure makes the grid permeable and SuDs compliant meaning rain and other liquids can naturally drain into the ground below to reduce surface water build-up and lessen the chances of flooding. Whilst being effective, GP40 grids are also easy to install thanks to their lightweight frame and slot and T bar connection system, one person can easily manoeuver and install their areas.
What Can GP40 Be Used For?
GP40 is a versatile paving product thanks to its many benefits such as its strength, durability, easy installation, weather and rot resistance. Below are just a few examples of how it has been used and continues to be used:
Gravel driveways are one of the most common uses for GP40 driveway grid, the many benefits mentioned previously are ideal for helping you create strong and permeable driveways. Due to each panels open structure, GP40 can be filled with angular gravel to create a gravel parking surface which will not migrate, rut or pothole. If installed correctly on to a solid sub-base, these DIY driveway grids will provide you with a long term parking solution which can support the weight and movement of cars, lorries, motorbikes, HGVs, coaches and vans. With flooding almost commonplace in the UK over the past few years, a GP40 plastic driveway grid is also SuDs compliant which means rain and other liquids are able to drain away naturally and therefore greatly reduce surface water build-up and lessen the chances of flash flooding on your gravel drive.
Car parks are required almost everywhere and with a large focus on reducing urban flooding following serious floods over the past few years, replacing concrete or tarmac car parks with a permeable gravel car park has become a regular occurrence. Being permeable and SuDs complaint due to its 85% open-cell design, GP40 will provide you with a huge reduction in surface water build-up as rain can drain away naturally into the ground below. As well as its permeability, the gravel mats strength also makes it a top choice for paving a car park.
In some equestrian areas such as paddocks, grazing areas or around a stable you may require hard standing grassed areas which will not be affected by the weather and any foot or hoof traffic it experiences. After frequent use or during bad weather, you may find that some grass and soil areas start showing signs of wear with mud patches, rutting and potholing rendering the area unsafe to use.
GP40 gravel matting is ideal for reinforcing the ground whilst improving drainage. During wetter months you may find many large muddy areas which need to be avoided, with a ground grid installed and filled with either gravel, sand, or soil & seed mix, you will be provided with a strong yet forgiving under hoof surface which can be used in almost any equestrian setting. GP40’s open-cell structure creates grass or gravel retainers with better drainage meaning your riding season can be prolonged into the UK’s wetter months which may usually prevent riding and there is also less chance of the ground drying out during hotter months which is less fatiguing for both rider and horse and will not impact the horse’s joints as heavily.
Access routes are vital in many applications where you can find a large group of people driving their cars or walking ‘off-road’ such as on camping or caravan sites, at sporting venues and also schools. Providing a solid and reliable track for visitors to use, it is also a legal requirement for ambulances, police and fire engines to have an efficient access route so they can respond to time-critical events.
The term access route is regularly used to describe roads and tracks leading to public and private grounds found commonly at schools or village halls who predominantly use grass areas for parking and traffic reducing tracks which can lead to the grass and soil areas becoming muddy, rutted and sometimes even impassable. While eroding the area, once the soil has been compacted by tyres it becomes harder for the grass to grow back.
This is where GP40 can be utilised. When installed correctly, GP40 reinforces the ground and any traffic that passes over the grassed area does not rely on any of the strength of the grass and soil. This is because the wheels only ever come into contact with the strong grid which at the same time eliminates any muddiness as the soil is not reached. The gravel grid GP40 also allows natural drainage too as there is much less surface water build-up and helps discourage local flooding.
Golf courses all around the UK are believers in the use of a gravel mat installation. Whether it be a trolley track, footpath or cart path, GP40 provides a strong, erosion free and improved drainage solution. As the grids can be filled with a number of materials such as soil and seed or gravel you are able to create a decorative or even natural-looking area around the course.
Using GP40 almost entirely removes direct foot and wheel traffic on the grass and soil below which can, in turn, allow the area to be used all year round regardless of the weather. The permeability of each GP40 panel means any rain or water can drain naturally away without the area becoming muddy and unusable. Using GP40 ground guard dramatically reduces the money and time spent on regular maintenance such as re-seeding and hollow tining which would otherwise need a lot of attention to keep the course open.
As mentioned prior, there has been a lot of attention on urbanised flooding in the UK over the last few years following a large number of towns and cities being badly affected by floods. Which is why SuDs (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) compliance was brought in during the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The most effective way to reduce the damage of flooding is prevention which is why our gravel stabilisation mat is a great permeable paving and surfacing solution. GP40 has an 85% open cell structure which allows surface water to permeate through and be absorbed by the ground below, reducing the water sent into our drainage systems which have proved time and again they struggle to cope with the large amounts of rain we experience.
Which is why so many people are swapping their hard-scaped driveways, access routes, pathways and more for permeable gravel or grass filled GP40 which is strong like their existing surface but also helps reduce water-logging, surface water and localised flooding.
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