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Stabilized Pathway Mix
A Naturally Beautiful and Durable Pathway Solution
Our Stabilized Pathway Mix consists of decomposed granite or crushed stone screenings blended with an organic stabilizing binder. This binds and locks the pathway mix to provide a durable, permeable, and natural aggregate surface. These stabilized decomposed granite surfaces substantially resist the erosive effects of weather and traffic compared to traditional gravel materials. With a natural look much less obtrusive than concrete or asphalt, Kafka’s Stabilized Pathway Mix blends in well in natural settings, making it popular for use in botanical gardens, green roofs, nature paths, greenways, golf course cart paths, trails, or any environment where a more organic feel is desired.
Organic-Lock™ is the strongest organic glue on the market and is made from 100% naturally occurring materials. The patented formula is the result of more than 10 years of Green Science with more than 6 different PhD’s involved in the research. On top of its ability to resist erosion, Organic-Lock™’s ultimate flexibility through its self-healing properties makes it an incredibly unique and high functioning product.
Organic-Lock™ is designed to be combined with crushed aggregate screenings to create a stabilized surface that resists erosion and reduces maintenance while maintaining a natural look and feel. Why spoil nature with an asphalt pathway when you can have a pathway that looks and feels like natural aggregate, except with better performance! – See more at: organic-lock.com.
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What is a stabilized pathway?
A stabilized pathway is one that is made from Kafka’s decomposed granite aggregate or crushed stone screenings and a stabilizing binder. Kafka aggregates are crushed and/or screened to very specific size specifications to insure optimum compaction and drainage, then pre-blended with an organic binder for easy installation.
Why would I want a stabilized pathway?
A stabilized pathway provides a durable, permeable, and natural aggregate surface. Compared with traditional aggregate materials, our stabilized pathways better resist the erosive effects of weather and foot or vehicle traffic, while retaining environmentally-friendly qualities and natural aesthetics.
Where can I use a stabilized pathway mix?
A stabilized pathway mix can be used nearly anywhere, but its natural look is appealing for those who want to add it to more natural-looking, rustic environments.
These paths work well in and complement green spaces — botanical gardens, green roofs, nature paths, greenways, golf course cart paths, trails and any space where you want to create a natural, organic feel and environment. However, these paths have also become a popular choice for corporate walking paths, outdoor malls, public courtyards, and patios.
Can Stabilized Pathway help me achieve credits for LEED Certification?
Kafka’s Stabilized Pathways are natural aggregate surfaces, and using them in your construction or design project could gain your points toward LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification.
Our decomposed granite is a naturally produced material and is less obtrusive than asphalt and cement. Furthermore, our stabilizing binders are 100% organic. It is a “green” pathway solution, which will aid the natural soil and water flow when installed.
Recycled materials such as porcelain, fire brick, and slag are available to aid in a more environmentally friendly design. Furthermore, many of our natural aggregates are also sourced locally, which may aid in regional priority credits.
How do I install a stabilized pathway?
A stabilized path can be installed in seven steps:
1. Prep. To assist in the bonding of materials, pre-soak the base prior to placement of Kafka’s Stabilized Pathway Aggregate.
2. Activate. Pre-wet the Stabilized Pathway Aggregate at the job site — this activates the stabilizer. Turn the aggregate pile until a moisture level of 10-12% has been reached. If you can easily make a ball out of the aggregate with your hands, there is too much moisture.
3. Place. The Stabilized Pathway Aggregate must be spread and compacted. Using a paving machine for this step is highly recommended to ensure the material is evenly spread at the specified depth.
4. Compact. Compact the aggregate using a 1-ton double drum or single static drum roller. Do not use a vibratory plate compactor or vibratory setting for this step. When no further visible roller marks can be seen on the surface, compaction of the pathway is complete.
5. Level. Ensure the pathway is level. The aggregate should rest true to elevation and shouldn’t vary more than ¼” at any spot when tested with a straightedge. The surfaces should be crowned at a minimum of 2% and be flush with adjacent materials or edges. The pathway should also be sloped at least 1% to drain away from structures.
6. Clean. After the pathway has been compacted and leveled, apply a light spray to the surface to give it a clean appearance. Once the water begins to run off the surface, stop spraying the pathway.
7. Cure. Once the surface of the pathway has visually dried, light pedestrian traffic can take place on the new surface. However, the Stabilized Pathway should fully cure before vehicle traffic is allowed. Depending on the path’s moisture content, time of installation, climate and depth of installation, curing times vary.
How do I maintain a stabilized pathway?
Stabilized pathways aren’t entirely maintenance-free, however, regular upkeep will extend their lifespans and will keep them looking fresh — unlike cracked concrete, crumbled asphalt or uneven pavers.
Maintaining stabilized pathways is a fairly simple procedure. For minor repairs, pathways can be re-wet and rolled anytime. Kafka always recommends investing in an auxiliary super sack of material in case the need for more involved repairs arises. If bigger repairs should need to be made to a stabilized pathway, slightly scarify the top layer of the damaged area. Activate (moisten) the new pathway mix, spread the material, and compact the area with a 1-ton roller to level.
After the repaired area has cured, it should look and feel like its surrounding pathway counterparts.
Why Kafka Granite’s stabilized pathways?
Our stabilized pathways are made of granite, quartz, marble and recycled materials available in nearly 40 vibrant colors. These colors can complement any environment, making a design or aesthetic complete.
These decomposed granite pathways are incredibly durable and can hold up against the test of time.
Kafka Granite’s experts can help you assess your needs and pick out the right aggregate for your all-natural stabilized pathway.