When it comes to outdoor projects, whether you’re working on a residential driveway, a commercial carpark, or even a public path, choosing the right grid is crucial. Get it wrong and your ground could quite literally, crack under pressure. One of the key factors to consider is the balance between permeability and ground reinforcement. In this guide, we’ll explore how to make an informed decision that aligns with the specific needs of your project.

Understanding Permeability

Permeability refers to the ability of a surface to allow water to pass through. For projects where water drainage is a priority, such as carparks, driveways, or green spaces, opting for permeable grid reinforcement is a no-brainer. This ensures that rainwater can infiltrate the ground, preventing runoff and reducing the risk of flooding or erosion.

Ecogrid’s permeability comes from it’s innovative design and materials. It consists of patented interlocking plastic grids with open spaces that allow water to flow through. The grids can be filled with a variety of materials such as gravel, grass, or resin. The gaps between the grids and the permeable fill materials create a porous surface, enabling water to penetrate and be absorbed into the ground.

Understanding Ground Reinforcement

Ground reinforcement involves enhancing the stability and load-bearing capacity of the surface. This is particularly important in areas with heavy foot or vehicle traffic. Choosing a grid base that provides effective ground reinforcement ensures the longevity and durability of your project.

Load bearing Capacity

Load bearing capacity is a crucial consideration when choosing the right grid for your project. Imagine a scenario where the ground beneath your feet succumbs to the pressure, resulting in deformations, sinkholes, or worse, structural failure. Load-bearing capacity is the backbone that holds everything together. It’s the assurance that our surfaces can bear the load without crumbling under the weight.

In the world of construction, heavy machinery reigns supreme. Ground reinforcement isn’t just about human traffic; it’s about providing a surface with ample load-bearing capacity to ensure that machinery is supported without causing harm to the ground they’re working on.

A Look at EcoGrid’s Top 3 Grids:

EcoGrid E30

Classed as our pedestrian grid, EcoGrid E30 actually has a high loading capacity and is used for a wide variety of applications where the potential lateral loading is low. Withstanding a load of 250 tonnes/sqm when filled. E30 is ideal for equine ground stabilisation, general landscape construction, stabilising permeable paving products and overlay systems to grassed parking.

EcoGrid E40

The “universal” grid has many uses in a massive variety of projects. Our most popular grid system with over 10 million sold annually. EcoGrid E40 is used for a variety of applications from pedestrian walkways to lorry parking. Either gravel or grass filled, withstanding a load of 500 tonnes/sqm, E40 is ideal for reinforcing footpaths, car parks, shed foundations, camp sites, and access routes to name but a few. .


EcoGrid E50

The “Indestructible” grid is the strongest grid in our range. With its added reliability the E50 can support all traffic types from pedestrians to heavy goods vehicles, therefore we specify it for lorry parks and heavily used car parks. We also use E50 in heavy duty animal or equestrian areas.

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