Permeable pavers significantly reduce stormwater runoff from parking lots.
Brickstone Permeable pavers surround a rain garden in White Bear Lake, MN
Landscape lighting adds a finishing touch to this Cobblestone panorama.
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Architect and Engineer Resources

Alternating bands of Brickstone pavers complement this contemporary building design.

Whether your project calls for a new parking lot, plaza, or promenade, Willow Creek offers attractive and durable alternatives to traditional asphalt and poured concrete pavements.

When considering lifecycle costs, Willow Creek pavers outperform asphalt and poured concrete, while delivering ease of maintenance, durability and beauty.

Willow Creek's process of marrying high-strength concrete with classic and contemporary colors creates pavers that meet the highest aesthetic standards of architects and landscape architects and still can carry commuter and commercial traffic loads. Our pavers meet and exceed Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) quality standards.

When sustainability and environmentally sensitive designs are an issue, Willow Creek's permeable pavers can be used to dramatically reduce runoff from stormwater and snowmelt. These pavers are available in two popular styles: Aqua-Loc and Brickstone Permeable pavers. Permeable pavers can qualify your project for LEED credits from the U.S. Green Building Council. Download our Permeable Paver Technical Guide here or in the Quick Links below.

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Eight Families of Paving Stones

Six families of premier pavers offer a range of choices that will enhance your projects—Dekrastone, Eurostone, Slatestone, Brickstone, Cobblestone, Circlestone, Bullnose and Permeable—for historic renovation, residential, commercial, public works and municipal construction. Willow Creek's permeable pavers are the right solution for sites where managing stormwater runoff is an issue.

Interlocking concrete pavers support traffic loads on all types of roadways.

A Palette of Textures & Colors

Willow Creek’s two distinctive textures will work well with a variety of designs, from a contemporary, crisp-edge look to a more natural, rustic look. The Weathered texture features the vintage, hand-hewn look of natural stonework. The nonWeathered texture features clean lines and a beveled edge.

Our variety of colors and textures can be used to add detail and interest to hardscape designs, such as with contrasting bands and borders, color changes, and inset patterns.

Our Expertise is Your Advantage

Because a successful paver installation is site-specific, site characteristics should be carefully considered for each project. Soil conditions and subgrade percolation rates can vary widely. With years of experience, we can provide expert advice on the technical nuances of installation on bases from sugar sand to bedrock.

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Paver Advantages

Concrete pavers deliver design options unmatched by other paving materialsWillow Creek paving stones are preferred over both poured concrete and asphalt surfaces because:

  • Paver surfaces can flex with soil changes during seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. The freeze-thaw cycle in northern climates can stress asphalt and poured concrete pavements; Willow Creek pavers won't spall or crack.
  • The interlock among pavers provides a stability and durability that typically exceeds that of monolithic surfaces, such as asphalt and poured concrete.
  • Our pavers' integral colors offer consistency and permanency. Available colors match natural stone and can be mixed and matched easily for great aesthetic results.
  • If utility access is needed, pavers can be removed easily and replaced when the work is finished, leaving no patch or scar. When access is needed beneath a monolithic surface, such as asphalt or concrete, a section must be cut and removed and the hole patched over, leaving behind an unsightly surface scar.
  • Pavers are slip-resistant for critical areas such as steps, pool decks and pool coping and resist ice patch formation. Standard snow shovels, snowblowers and snowplows can be used on paver surfaces.
  • Over their lifecycle, pavers cost less in maintenance than poured concrete or asphalt, which can crack or get damaged due to freeze/thaw cycles and are expensive to repair.


Permeable Pavers—A Green Solution

Willow Creek permeable pavers offer an environmentally sound paving solution for a greener, sustainable future.

Permeable interlocking concrete pavements (PICP) reduce runoff into storm sewers and allow rain to infiltrate into the soil. Many municipalities now require property owners to reduce stormwater runoff, and permeable pavers are the green solution. Two choices, Aqua-Loc and Brickstone Permeable, offer design and color options.

The use of permeable pavers in a PICP system provides several environmental benefits:

  • It helps keep contaminants out of storm sewers. Potential contaminants can include fertilizers, pesticides, vehicle fluids and pet waste. Once in the storm sewer, these materials end up in the waterways into which the sewers empty.
  • It helps manage water volume. The additional water that storm sewers contribute to waterways can contribute to shoreline erosion.
  • It helps manage water temperature. Think of an asphalt parking lot in the summer; the runoff water absorbs heat and warms the waterway into which it empties. This temperature increase, called thermal pollution, can affect aquatic life.
  • It helps replenish groundwater and allows soil bacteria to break down potential pollutants naturally.

Permeable pavers can be used alone or in conjunction with other stormwater management BMPs, such as raingardens.Permeable Paver Advantages

The different types of permeable pavement include pervious concrete, porous asphalt and permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP). Interlocking concrete pavers outperform competing surfaces because

  • PICP relies on solid, high-strength concrete units to support traffic, surrounded by small, highly pervious stone-filled joints to receive stormwater.
  • Stone-filled joints in PICP contribute to interlocking permanence and also to the spreading of wheel loads for long-term durability.
  • Hydrogeological performance of PICPs is superior because of the high surface infiltration rates in the PICP openings, well above practically all rainfall intensities.
  • PICP units are manufactured in a facility and delivered to the project site. Installation is not subject to time or temperature limitations. Pervious concrete and porous asphalt are subject to weather as the materials are formed on the job site and, as a result, are temperature constrained and subject to site control for successful installation.
  • PICP units have higher performance, including testing for freeze-thaw performance and compressive strength, unlike pervious concrete and porous asphalt. PICP units have a minimum strength of 8,000 psi, while pervious concrete has an average strength of 2,500 to 3,000 psi.
  • PICP requires no curing time, while traffic must be kept off of porous asphalt for 24 hours and off of pervious concrete for 7 days.
  • PICP offers more heat reflection than asphalt and other surfaces, reducing thermal pollution.

(Adapted from Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute: "Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement, A Comparison Guide to Porous Asphalt and Pervious Concrete." )

Ledgestone Landscape Block

Willow Creek Ledgestone landscape blocks stack up as the most user-friendly landscaping solution available for building naturally rustic freestanding walls, columns and other hardscape features. The block's 4" x 8" x 12" proportions make it the perfect modular landscaping unit. Available in six colors, this block is ideal for creating not only garden walls, planters, and seat walls, but also fireplaces, grill islands, serving counters and much more. This unit is the creative designer's best friend. Ledgestone is available to match Willow Creek's blended color pavers.

Bullnose Landscape Units

Willow Creek Bullnose units add a finishing touch to any paving stone project. Bullnose provides a safe, rounded edge when used as stair treads, edging, pool coping or spa decks. Seat walls are more comfortable when capped with Bullnose units, and Bullnose is often used on outdoor countertops, bar-grill islands and other outdoor features. Ideal for rounding off a raised patio or any paver project, Bullnose units are available in the same colors as Willow Creek Brickstone, Cobblestone and Circlestone pavers and deliver the same unsurpassed durability. Bullnose units are available in Traditional and Weathered textures.

Willow Creek offers the only 6" wide Bullnose unit in the industry. Six-inch Bullnose units cover more area and are faster and easier to install than competing 4" wide bullnose units. In addition, 6" Bullnose are more aesthetically proportionate to standard paver dimensions.

Outdoor Kits

Help your clients create the outdoor living space of their dreams with our Willow Creek Outdoor Kits.  Easy-to-install yet beautiful and functional, these outdoor kits make a patio or outdoor space more comfortable and welcoming.  Help your customers choose the perfect feature—an outdoor grill island, bar/grill island, bar, two-tiered bar, fireplace, woodbox, waterfall or fire ring—or suggest an ensemble for the perfect outdoor living/dining area. Our Outdoor Kits come complete with all the materials you will need, along with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. 

Materials & Landscape Lighting

Willow Creek carries a complete line of paver accessories, including landscape lighting, PolySweep stabilizing joint sand, Snap Edge paver edging, permeable paver edge restraints, underlayment fabric, edging spikes, adhesives, cleaners, sealers and more. 

Landscape lighting adds both ambiance and functionality to any hardscape design. Willow Creek offers several low-voltage selections, including undercap LED lights in kits and singles as well as paver and wall lights in several designs and kits.