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.
What is X-Grid suitable for?
Our plastic X-Grid panels can hold up to 420 tonnes per square meter. They are suitable for driveways, pathways, car parks, garden bases, golf courses, equestrian areas and much more. Please contact us on live chat if you are unsure.
How many X-Grid panels make up 1m²?
X-Grid panels are 33cm x 33cm. So 9 panels are connected together to make 1m² (nominal).
Will X-Grid be strong enough to support my car?
X-Grid has been tested by Lloyds British and is able to hold up to 420 tonnes per square meter unfilled so is more than strong enough to support vehicles.
Does X-Grid help with flooding?
X-Grid is a SuDs compliant product which means it is permeable and allows water to drain naturally away into the ground below when installed correctly. This in turn helps to reduce surface water build-up and the chances of localised flooding.
Can I use the grid panels individually as a base?
X-Grid works best when interlocked as part of a large area and is not designed for reinforcing such small areas.
Is there a difference between Black, Green and White X-Grid?
No, they are exactly the same product (apart from the colour of course).
What sub-base do I need under my X-Grid?
We recommend you prepare the ground below your X-Grid with approximately 100mm of a compact hard base (type 1 or type 3), a weed-suppressing membrane and sand to level.
Can I put X-Grid straight onto grass or soil?
We recommend not installing directly onto grass or soil but instead install onto a compact sub-base or similar as it creates a sturdy, even base. Soil or grass can and most likely will absorb water leading to sinking and creating an uneven sub-base for your X-Grid.
What is the difference between MOT type 1 or type 3?
Compact hard base, MOT type 1 is much finer and can over time become less permeable while the compact hard base, MOT type 3 is larger and more permeable.
How much aggregate/gravel should I use?
8kg of aggregate/gravel per panel or 72kg per m2
What size gravel/shingle/pea shingle should I use?
We recommend using anything up to 20mm.
Does X-Grid need to be filled with gravel or is it strong enough without it?
X-Grid is strong enough without gravel. The gravel can be used to compact and enforce even more and for decorative use.
Do I need pegs to secure X-Grid?
Only areas which have a gradient over 12% will require pegs.
Does this product come with pins or membrane?
No, this particular product does not come with either pins or membrane.
Which membrane should I use?
We recommend using a woven membrane with X-Grid
How do I know which side of the panel to put down?
The bottom of the grid has ‘X-grid’ written on it, indicating the face you put on the ground.
Can X-Grid be stacked on top of each other?
No, X-Grid was not designed for to be stacked when installed.
Can I cut X-Grid panels?
Yes they can be cut and we recommend doing so with a fine tooth saw.
Can I be guaranteed the same colour all throughout my product?
Our products are new generation manufactured entirely from post-consumer recycled plastic; this means you may occasionally find very slightly different shades of colour.
Where can I find installation instructions?
Install guides can be found on the ‘downloads’ tab. In addition, more information on installations can be found through our blogs and YouTube videos.
Does X-Grid allow grass to grow in its cells?
Yes, grass can grow in the panels cells when filled with soil and seed.
How much is delivery?
The cost for delivery can be seen when you add your product to basket and at checkout.
How quick is shipping?
An expected delivery time will be displayed on the product page and clearly at checkout.
To help our customers pick the right product and learn more about how our products can be used, we have compiled blogs which can be read by clicking the button below.
X-Grid Parking Space For Motorhomes and Caravans
See how X-Grid can be used to create a strong, permeable and migration free grass or gravel motorhome or caravan parking spaceread more ❯
Rain Garden Created Using X-Grid Featured On Gardeners' World
X-Grid was used as a major part of Dale and Tanya's rain garden. See how Gardeners World featured their rain garden and eco-friendly home on their show.read more ❯
18m² Green X-Grid®Grass Driveway Installation
This case study shows how Tim & Janet created a strong, long lasting and attractive grass driveway using green x-gridread more ❯
X-Grid Used To Create A Motorhome Gravel Parking Space
See how Paul created a strong gravel parking space for his new motorhome by using our X-Gridread more ❯
13m² Black X-Grid Used To Create Multi-Coloured Gravel Path
A unique case study from Alison who used black X-Grid to create a decorative gravel path in her garden using gravel and recycled coloured glassread more ❯
50m² Black X-Grid® Gravel Patio Installation
A case study showing how a past customer used X-Grid to create an L-shaped gravel patio in his gardenread more ❯
X-Grid® 20m² Gravel Driveway Installation
Follow the process of Babatunde using X-Grid to create a gravel driveway extension of his current drivewayread more ❯
Black and Green X-Grid® Used To Create A Driveway & Shed Base
A dual case study from Richard who created a driveway and shed base using green X-Grid and black X-Gridread more ❯
Permeable Paving On BBC R4 Gardeners' Question Time
A great snippet of Gardeners' Question Time on BBC Radio 4 where permeable paving and gravel grids were discussedread more ❯
X-Grid Installation Guide
We have two installation guides for our X-Grid, one is for gravel filled X-Grid and the other is for a grass-filled X-Grid. Click a jump to button below to read the relevant install guide.
- Cut the grass as close to the surface as you can or where necessary remove the turf and topsoil to a depth of around 75mm and dispose of all debris. Then level the formation layer and lightly consolidate.
- Optional: Install edge restraint around the now trimmed or excavated area.
- Lay and secure either a sheet of stabilisation mesh or a geotextile membrane on to the formation layer just created. You must ensure that the mesh or membrane is flat to the surface by securing it into the ground using fixing pegs or pins as required. An optional step is to lay a geotextile membrane layer under the stabilisation mesh to create a layer that can prevent both migration and contamination.
- With the mesh or membrane in place, then lay a 5-10mm thick layer of sharp sand or hardcore to the entire area to level it out and create a solid sub-base. If you have used a stabilisation mesh, this must not be allowed to become exposed above the gravel/aggregate layer.
- On to the sub-base created, begin laying your X-Grid ground reinforcement grids. Start in one corner, lay one panel at a time and simply connect any neighbouring X-Grid panels using the slot and peg snap connection. Repeat the process of lay and connect until the full area is covered.
- If needed, X-Grid can be cut using a hand or power saw to fit into your specified area or to navigate around obstructions and curves. We recommend avoiding the use of cut pieces of X-Grid which are more than half of the original size of the panel. Your X-Grid panels can then be firmed in place using a light vibrating whacker plate if you require.
- Once installed, fill your X-Grid with gravel or aggregate. Preferably a 5-20mm diameter, well-graded, clean and angular material. Fully rounded ‘pea gravel’ is not recommended due to movement.
- You can compact the surface of your X-Grid using a light vibratory whacker if required.
- If you find you have any low areas, refill these spots with your gravel and compact again until you are happy with the finish.
- Your X-Grid gravel surface is complete and can be used immediately.
- Follow steps 1 to 3 of the x-grid gravel installation. Please note: It is not necessary to install a geotextile membrane for a grass fill which included in Step 3 of the gravel guide.
- With the first 3 steps followed, lay a 35mm thick layer of compacted RootZone (sandy soil) evenly over the stabilisation mesh. Do note, the mesh must not be allowed to become exposed above the grass layer.
- On to the sandy soil sub-base created, start laying your X-Grid ground reinforcement grids. Start in one corner, lay one panel at a time and connect any neighbouring X-Grid panels using the simple slot and peg connection system. Repeat this process of laying and connecting until the full area has been covered.
- With all of the X-Grid laid, begin filling all of the panels with Rootzone. If required, use a light vibrating plate to compact the pavers and settle the Rootzone infill.
- You need to ensure that the Rootzone used is a structurally sound, free-draining sand and soil or sand and compost blend. This is a nominal propriety blend of 60:40 or 70:30 ratio. We do not recommend self blending.
- You can then begin carrying out a normal seeding, fertilising and watering process. You are able to apply a very light top dressing just cover the seed and to create an adequate germination condition. Ensure you do not X-Grids cells. Alternatively, you can roll out a thin-cut turf on top of the X-Grid if required.
- Your installed X-Grid can be used immediately, although it is preferable that you allow the grass to fully establish itself before you begin trafficking.