Reduce Liability Risks On Your Commercial Property With A Gravel Stabilizing System

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Reduce Liability Risks On Your Commercial Property With A Gravel Stabilizing System

19 November 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles

Do you own a commercial property? Are you worried the loose gravel in your landscape might cause a person to slip and fall, resulting in a liability claim? If so, consider installing a gravel stabilization system to make your paths and walkways safe for pedestrian traffic.

What Is A Gravel Stabilization System?

A gravel stabilization system is composed of interlocking strips of plastic that fit together over your paths or walkways. Each strip has several hexagon-shaped cells, and a geotextile fabric backing that is heat-bonded to the strips. Once in place, the system is covered with gravel, so it looks just like any other path or walkway.

How Can A Gravel Stabilization System Reduce Your Liability Risks?

The cells in a gravel stabilization system are hexagonal because hexagons are the strongest natural shape in existence. Once these cells are filled with gravel, like that from Robinson Concrete Inc, the gravel stays firmly in place. It won't wash away, and it won't be disrupted by foot or bicycle traffic. 

The aggregate in paths and walkways that don't utilize a gravel stabilization system can sink and slide under pedestrian traffic. With a gravel stabilization system, aggregate is held tightly in place, eliminating the risk of these occurrences. Even people with walking impairments who are confined to wheelchairs will have an easy time navigating a walkway that implements a gravel stabilization system.

Furthermore, you won't have to worry about potholes or weeds tripping up a pedestrian's step. The fabric backing on gravel stabilization systems inhibits weed growth and allows rainwater (a major cause of potholes) to quickly drain from your path or walkway and sink into the earth below.

How Is A Gravel Stabilization System Installed?

The installation process is easy! To begin, your walkways will be leveled with composite sand. Next, an edging of your choice will be placed on both sides of the walkways. The gravel stabilization strips will then be laid; thanks to the interlocking design of the strips, no tools are required for this step. Finally, a layer of gravel is placed to a depth that fills the cells completely. 

What Kind Of Maintenance Will A Gravel Stabilization System Require?

Gravel stabilization systems are virtually maintenance-free. The only care your system will need is the occasional raking to smooth out the gravel. You may also need to add a small amount of gravel to the cells every few years as natural sinking of the earth below it occurs. 

Are There Any Other Advantages To A Gravel Stabilization System?

Absolutely! Because its fabric backing allows water to penetrate the entire surface of a gravel stabilization system, there's no need to install a drainage system. Fewer material and man-hours are needed for the installation process, making the system environmentally friendly.

Also, your walkways will always look neat and tidy because the gravel won't be strewn about as it with walkway coverings that don't implement a gravel stabilization system.

How Much Does A Gravel Stabilizing System Cost?

The decrease in needed materials and man-hours combined with the extremely low-maintenance needs of a gravel stabilization system make it one of the most affordable options on the market. In fact, all of these benefits will cost you less than if you were to install an asphalt or concrete block walkway.

Will A Gravel Stabilizing System Meet State And Federal Regulations?

Because rainwater is quickly drained through gravel stabilization systems, the systems have a minimal effect on the natural landscape, making them SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliant. A correctly installed gravel stabilization system will pass any and all state and federal regulations.

If you want your commercial property to have beautiful walkways that offer pedestrians a super-stable ground to walk on and reduce your risk of being liable for slip-and-fall incidents, consider installing a gravel stabilization system. These systems are the least expensive, yet safest solution for commercial property walkway coverings.