Pathway Stabilized Akron

Stabilized Pathway Mix

Stabilized Pathway Mix

Pathway Stabilized Akron

Resources

Kafka Pathway Materials Brochure

Kafka Pathway Materials Brochure

Kafka Pathway Materials Cross Section Diagram

Kafka Pathway Materials Cross Section Diagram

Organic-Lock Pedestrian & Bicycle Specification

Organic-Lock Pedestrian & Bicycle Specification

Organic-Lock Vehicular Specification

Organic-Lock Vehicular Specification

Organic-Lock ASTM ADA Compliance

Organic-Lock ASTM ADA Compliance

Stabilizer Solutions Pedestrian Installation

Stabilizer Solutions Pedestrian Installation

Stabilizer Solutions Vehicular Installation Guide

Stabilizer Solutions Vehicular Installation Guide

Stabilizer Solutions Pedestrian Specification

Stabilizer Solutions Pedestrian Specification

Stabilizer Solutions Vehicular Specification

Stabilizer Solutions Vehicular Specification

Our Preferred Binders

 
ORGANIC-LOCK

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.

 

Pathways and trails are the lifelines to the landscape. Stabilizer increases natural pathway strength and stability while maintaining the raw appearance and texture of a gravel driveway or pathway. It makes your pathway firm, but not concrete, still natural. Stabilizing natural materials like decomposed granite, crushed granite, crushed stone, limestone, or crushed rock (gravel), means your natural pathway can now withstand traffic, remain accessible, and resist the effects of weather. Made out of 100% organic ingredients, Stabilizer is trusted on more natural pathways worldwide than any other product. See more at: stabilizersolutions.com.

Pathway Blog Posts

Resources
Specialty Aggregate Colors
Beige Blend Stabilized Pathway Mix - North Coast Harbor - Cleveland, OH
90% Starlight Black, 5% Salt & Pepper, 5% Snow White Custom Stabilized Pathway - American Greetings Headquarters - Westlake, OH
Kafka Granite manufacturing
Salt & Pepper Granite Stabilized Pathway - Toro Corporate Headquarters - Bloomington, MN
Pewter Granite Stabilized Pathway - Walgreens Corporate Headquarters - Deerfield, IL
Kafka Granite Crushing Facility - Mosinee, WI

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a stabilized pathway?

A stabilized pathway is one that is made from Kafka’s decomposed granite aggregate or crushed stone screenings mixed and a stabilizing binder. Kafka aggregates are crushed and/or screened to very specific size specifications to insure optimum compaction and drainage. Kafka offers two different binders, Organic-Lock and Stabilizer Solutions, pre-blended 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.

How do I choose which stabilizing binder to use?

The easiest way to discuss your stabilizing binder options is by contacting us directly and discussing your specific project needs.

Things to consider for where each stabilizer works best are:
– Local Climate
– Pathway Slope
– Individual Aggregate Type

Both binders are organic, come from renewable sources, and lend themselves to natural environments.

The stabilizing binders used with our decomposed aggregates are, what we believe, to be the two best stabilizers on the market. Their binding capabilities, permeability and durability are unmatched while remaining free of chemicals.

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?

An Organic-Lock 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 Organic-Lock Pathway Aggregate.

2. Activate. Pre-wet the Organic-Lock 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 Organic-Lock 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 Organic-Lock Pathway 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 Organic-Lock 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 more than 60 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 and stabilizer for your all-natural stabilized pathway.