Ecogrid- the original porous paving medium and still the best……why?
• 21 years case studies available fo all types of applications
• Full, no quibble 20 year guarantee
• 50mm deep, 7mm wall thickness, the thickest on the market
• Load capacity 800 tonnes/m2
• More UV stable than others on the market.
• More aesthetically pleasing, can be completely covered.
• NATO approved by British and American military.
• 5 different depths of paver available.
• 11 different paver types
• Massive range of compatible accessories
• 4 Different colours
• Recognised World leader as the original.
• 9.72 kg/m2, almost double the weight of others.
• Up to 95 square metres on a pallet (E30), economical delivery.
• Patented safety locking system, badly copied by others.
• Made from recycled Polyethylene (MDPE).
• Swift and economical fitting due to tile size and locking deign 100m2/man/hour.
• Excellent on site, internet or telephone advice from UK qualified staff.
• Installation teams specialising in this product available.
• UK training centre.

The greatest problem when one chooses to purchase an inferior product is the fact that there is a strong likelihood of the grid lifting if not securely ‘locked’ together. If it does lift then the surface ingresses under the base which further exacerbates the problem. As the surface lifts, more material is deposited resulting in not only an aesthetic problem but a practical and health and safety issue. This is a common problem and one that is costly to rectify. A simple test can be made, if you can easily manually separate one grid from its neighbour, then the grids are unlikely to be suitable for driving upon.
Other issues lie around the make-up of the grids, if they need to be pinned in some way then two problems occur; they are vastly more time consuming to lay and there is the not so obvious problem that the pins simply will not go in to the ground (rocks, roots etc.) or that they will not stay in the ground. Some grids have pre-attached spikes which are in turn problematic in areas where there is stone (most situations) or roots evident. The time consuming aspect of having to force each individual grid in place is also a consideration factor.
Some honeycomb products are available on the market, made up of white or black sheets of thin material, sometimes with pre-attached membranes. Often unsuspecting clients think this to be a good thing, however the membranes are less than 60g whereas the British minimum standard is 110g; therefore making the membrane superfluous. Plus the membrane sits attached to the grid, correct procedure is to have this layer under the screed level for a sturdy installation.
The size of grid is a factor, too large then the grid ’bridges’ voids in the ground and becomes unstable, the smaller grids are always more advisable as they are what we call in the industry ’elastomeric’ or that they conform to ground conditions and temperatures well.
Lastly and by no means least, look at the actual thickness of the grid, thin equals less materials which equals cheaper to buy but also means a thin product that may not last or be ‘fit for purpose’
Certifications that Ecogrid already holds
DIN 38412 – Neutral for the environment
DIN 4102 – Approval emergency access routes, fire resistance
DIN 1072 – Approval for 20 tonne axle load, driveways, road extensions, bridges
DIN IN ISO 124 and B125 – Approval for car parks, access roads & storage areas
Point axle loading up to 40 T/m², DIN 1072:1985
UV-resistant, certified DIN EN 60068-2-5
Heavy-duty, tried and tested DIN EN 124:2011
Environmentally safe, tested OECD 2002:2004
Factory warranty: 20 years from purchase date
NATO certified E50 – MOD / 9330-99-858-1406
Fully part ‘M’ (BS8300) compliant
TÜV CERT
The greatest problem when one chooses to purchase an inferior product is the fact that there is a strong likelihood of the grid lifting if not securely ‘locked’ together. If it does lift then the surface ingresses under the base which further exacerbates the problem. As the surface lifts, more material is deposited resulting in not only an aesthetic problem but a practical and health and safety issue. This is a common problem and one that is costly to rectify.
Other issues lie around the make-up of the grids, if they need to be pinned in some way then two problems occur; they are vastly more time consuming to lay and there is the not so obvious problem that the pins simply will not go in to the ground (rocks, roots etc.) or that they will not stay in the ground. Some grids have pre-attached spikes which are in turn problematic in areas where there is stone (most situations) or roots evident. The time consuming aspect of having to force each individual grid in place is also a consideration factor.
The size of grid is a factor, too large then the grid ’bridges’ voids in the ground and becomes unstable, the smaller grids are always more advisable as they are what we call in the industry ’elastomeric’ or that they conform to ground conditions and temperatures well.
Lastly and by no means least, look at the actual thickness of the grid, thin equals less materials which equals cheaper to buy but also means a thin product that may not last or be ‘fit for purpose’…
“the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten…..”
OK, I get it but I need further convincing, I have had a cheaper price…………………………………
Golpla
Only 38mm thick
Needs clipping together with supplied ‘nails’
Bodpave 85
Bodpave 85, bodpave Has an integrated ground spike making fitting very difficult, almost impossible in hard ground or if roots are prevalent. For Bodpave the solution, add more gravel to the base (35mm)……but does that not vastly increase the overall cost? The Bodpave Clip system is non-fixed making vertical lift possible resulting in separation. Ground spike creates lifting in most conditions allowing debris to undermine the surface causing lifting and deterioration

Bodpave 40
Bodpave 40 Needs clipping together
Bodpave Only 40mm deep

GRB grids
GRB grids Polyolefin
GRB grids Only 40mm
GRB grids Only 4mm wall thickness

Innovgreen
Innovgreen is a very poor Polish produced copy of Ecogrid
Innovgreen 500 x 500 larger tile, greater surface area = bridging of voids and propensity to fail easier
Innovgreen Only 38 mm depth of paver, insufficient for most duties
Innovgreen Poor ‘slot together’ system that does not lock in place.

Zypave and Hanpave
Zypave and Hanpave Only 40mm
Zypave and Hanpave Only 4mm wall thickness
Zypave and Hanpave 4.14kg/m2
Zypave and Hanpave Poor quality clip system that appears insecure in standard use

Ecopaving, Hebden40, Hebden401, Hebden 402
Flit from being Rpave and or Zypave or Hanpave
Ecopaving, Hebden40, Hebden401, Hebden 402 are same product all rebranded.

Truckpave
Only 53% void
High installation time/cost
Excessively visible
Needs a retaining edge

Aco ground guard
Larger tile, rectangular. Less elastomeric surface
Impossible to unclip without full excavation
Needs retaining spikes making installation far more difficult

Geogrid , Envirotrak, GF40, GF30, GF50 (All same product rebranded)
Only 38mm tile depth available, therefore less gravel or soil compaction rates.
Wall thickness of 3.5mm.
500mm x 500mm tile, less elastomeric, more prone to lifting
No pads or other accessories.
Clip system not as secure as Ecogrid, poor copy on the original, easily pulled apart.
Less load bearing capacity than Ecogrid E50.
Only 4 tiles per square metre, less able to settle to ground conditions.

Coregravel
Very thin product
Very lightweight
Has a thin attached membrane too thin for British Standards
No published testing
In short:
If you can take two grids apart with your hands…..don’t buy
If there is a membrane attached already…don’t buy
If you need separate clips…..don’t buy
If there are pre-attached ground spikes….don’t buy
If there are no official test results…don’t buy
If test results for loading cannot be proven….don‘t buy