Manufactured in the UK from 100% recycled plastic, X-Grid is our most popular product with over 7 million units sold worldwide to date. Its most common use is to create DIY gravel driveways, access routes and car parks but can be used for so much more. The versatility is what makes it such a sought after ground reinforcement grid. Thanks to its unique formulation of recycled plastic and intelligent design, each X-Grid panel we supply is UV resistant & weatherproof so will not break down or rot away over time. Every X-Grid panel is also fully permeable & SuDs compliant which means any rain that falls on to the grid is able to naturally drain away resulting in a reduced amount of surface water and chances of localised flooding. The curved cell structure is one of the main reasons for our gravel grids fantastic load-bearing capacity of 420 tonnes.
Whilst being strong and effective, our gravel driveway grids are also very simple to install thanks to its lightweight frame and slot and peg connection system, one person is able to install around 100m² every hour which is an amazing amount. Not only is X-Grid an efficient solution for so many situations, but it is also actually one of the best, environmentally friendly and most affordable ground reinforcement grids on the market. For further technical information or to see how to install our gravel grid, read our Installation Guide, or you can look at the ‘Installation’ tab above which will guide you through the process of installing your own gravel retention grid.
What Can X-Grid Be Used For?
The black X-Grid is our most used product, it can be used to fill with gravel, grass and more. It is incredibly versatile thanks to its many benefits such as its durability, strength, environmentally friendliness, easy installation, weather and rot resistance. Below are some examples of how our X-Grid has been used and continues to be used:
Gravel driveways are one of the most common uses for X-Grid driveway grid system, helping you create a strong and permeable driveway. Due to its open structure, it can be filled with angular gravel to create the perfect gravel parking surface which will not migrate, rut or pothole. If installed correctly on a good sub-base, our DIY driveway grids are a long term parking solution that can easily support the weight and movement of HGVs, coaches, lorries, vans, cars and motorbikes. Following the attention on flooding in recent years, our plastic driveway grid is also SuDs compliant which means any rain that does fall will drain away naturally and greatly reduce the chances of flash flooding on your gravel drive.
Car parks are needed everywhere and with a lot of focus on reducing urban flooding following serious floods in the past few years, why not replace your concrete or tarmac car park with gravel filled X-Grid car park. Being fully permeable thanks to its 95% open-cell design, there will be a huge reduction in surface water build-up as rain is able to drain away naturally into the ground below. As well as its permeability, our gravel mats strength also makes it a great choice for paving your car park. Able to withstand up to 420 tonnes per square metre unfilled and capable of withstanding up to 30-tonne axle loads. X-Grid is compliant with DIN 1072 and is suitable for car parking under EN ISO 124B/125.
In certain equestrian areas such as paddocks, grazing areas or around a stable you may require a hard standing grassed area that will not be affected by the weather and foot/hoof traffic it experiences. After a lot of use or during bad weather, you will find that grass and soil areas begin showing signs of wear with rutting, mud patches and potholing that can make the area unsafe to use.
Our gravel matting helps to reinforce the ground whilst improving drainage too. During wetter months you may find lots of large muddy areas that need to be avoided, with your ground grid installed and filled with either sand, gravel or soil & seed mix, you will have a strong yet forgiving under hoof surface that can be used in almost any equestrian setting. Thanks to X-Grids open cell structure, you have a grass or gravel retainer with better drainage meaning your riding season can be prolonged into wetter weather which would usually prevent riding and there is less chance of the ground drying out during hotter months which is less fatiguing for both horse and rider and does not impact the horses’ joints as heavily.
Access routes are very important in a number of applications where you will find large groups of people driving their cars or walking ‘off-road’ such as on caravan and camping sites, at sporting venues and schools. While 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 used to describe regularly used roads/tracks leading to public and private grounds commonly found at schools or village halls who mainly use grass areas for parking and traffic reducing tracks which can lead to the grass and soil becoming muddy, rutted and sometimes even impassible. As well as eroding the area, once the soil is compacted by tyres it becomes even harder for the grass to grow back.
This is where X-Grid can be used. When installed, it reinforces the ground and means that any traffic that passes over the grassed area does not rely on the strength of the grass and soil. This is because the wheels only ever come into contact with our incredibly strong grid which also eliminates muddiness as the soil cannot be reached. Our gravel stabiliser also allows natural drainage too as there is less surface water build-up and helps discourage local flooding.
Our gravel mat is used at a number of golf courses around the UK for a range of applications. Whether it be a footpath, trolley track or cart path, X-Grid provides a strong, improved drainage, erosion free solution. As the grid can be filled with a number of materials such as gravel or soil and seed you can create a decorative or even natural-looking area around the course.
Using X-Grid almost entirely reduces the amount of direct foot and wheel traffic on the grass and soil below allowing the area to be used all year round regardless of the weather thanks to its permeability which means any rain or water is able to drain naturally away without the area becoming muddy and unusable. Using our ground guard X-Grid dramatically reduces the time and money spent on regular maintenance such as re-seeding, hollow tining and more which would otherwise need a lot of attention to keep the course open.
As mentioned already, there has been a lot of attention on urbanised flooding in the UK over the past few years following a number of towns and cities being badly affected by floods. This is why SuDs (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) compliance was brought in during the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The best way to reduce the damage of flooding is prevention which is why our gravel stabilisation mat is a great permeable paving and surfacing solution. X-Grid has a 95% open cell structure which allows surface water to permeate through and be absorbed by the ground below, reducing the amount of water sent into our drainage systems that have proved time and again they can struggle to cope with large amounts of rain we experience.
This is why so many people are deciding to swap their hard-scaped driveways, pathways, access routes and more for permeable gravel or grass filled X-Grid which is just as strong as their existing surface but helps reduce water-logging, surface water and localised flooding.
If you require more information on our X-Grid or would like some advice on which of our products would suit your needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch today. Leave us a message or live chat to a member of our staff now.