Interlocking paving stones originated as industrial flooring
In an outdoor pavement, in fact, non-permeability implies the management of rainwater by means of collection grids and drainage pipes/channels. Torrential rainfall and the lack of permeability of industrial areas have the consequence of conveying a very large quantity of water directly into channels and then into rivers, without it being absorbed by the ground. The result is an absurd situation in which the subsoil is "dry" and there is a shortage of water in the aquifers and, at the same time, rivers are in flood.
Self-locking paving slabs are proposed as a solution to this need as they allow water to penetrate through the pavement and reach the subsoil. As this feature is increasingly demanded by public administrations in the outdoor spaces of new industrial buildings, pavers have become very popular.
But pavers also offer other advantages. For example, it is very easy to lay new pipes by raising and resting the floor. Unlike in the case of concrete or asphalt floors, there are no cuts or repairs.