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Woven Stabilization and Separation Geotextiles


Can I use a woven construction fabric for stabilization & separation instead of a geogrid?

In most cases, the answer is yes. In addition to superior strength and lower cost, woven geotextiles (construction fabrics) offer an added advantage over any geogrid: separation. Geogrids rely on "interlock," a process whereby the soil particles or aggregate "lock" into place within the geogrid's open structure or apertures. Often, the actual particle size is not known and/or varies widely, so the amount of interlock provided can be in question. In fact, geogrids often require the use of geotextile as part of a separation/stabilization system.

Why use a woven instead of a nonwoven geotextile for stabilization & separation?

Woven geotextiles are less expensive than non-woven geotextiles; are also permeable (allow water to pass); and do not elongate (stretch) like nonwovens. In most applications, a woven geotextile is the more effective and economical option.

Will these construction fabrics pass water?

Yes. These construction fabrics pass between 4-5 gallons per minute per square foot in laboratory testing. The permeability of the soil is the bigger issue. A fabric will not make a soil drain. If standing water is an issue, re-grading the area, and/or installing a drain tile or culvert should be considered to remove the problem water from the area.

How long will this geotextile last?

100% polypropylene geotextiles are inert to just about everything. The biggest threat to a geotextile is ultraviolet radiation. Once covered, the UV is no longer a concern. Studies have shown that polypropylene geotextiles can last in excess of 25 years in stable soils.

Do your woven stabilization & separation products meet the AASHTO M-288 specification?

Yes. US 200 meets AASHTO M-288-17 Class 3 Stabilization & Separation; US 250 meets AASHTO M-288-17 Class 2 Stabilization & Separation; US 315 meets AASHTO M-288-17 Class 1 Stabilization & Separation.

Are your woven stabilization & separation products NTPEP compliant?

Yes. You will find the NTPEP GTX numbers on the data sheets for our stabilization & separation geotextiles that have been approved by NTPEP.

I am trying to meet a project specification, can you help?

Absolutely! This is what we do best. Give us a call at 800-518-2290. Our geotextile experts are glad to help.

I am a home owner doing my driveway. What geotextile should I use?

US 200. US 200 is available in 12.5’ x 432’, 15’ x 360’ & 17.5’ x 309’ rolls. We will cut the 12.5’ wide product in 50’ increments if you do not need an entire roll. Call for pricing.

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Woven Stabilization and Separation Geotextiles

US Fabrics offers cost-effective woven geotextiles made from polypropylene slit film yarns. These ground stabilization geotextiles, sometimes known as Driveway Fabric, have high tensile strength at low elongations. They reduce maintenance costs and improve the performance of paved and unpaved surfaces.

Woven slit-films are made from cutting sheets of impermeable liner into narrow strips or tapes and then weaving them similar to a basket weave. These are used for separation/stabilization applications, such as parking lots, driveways, construction site entrances or under foundations and building pads. While they are permeable, they are not typically used in applications requiring filtration as the main function.

  • Minimizes Rutting
  • Improves Performance
  • Reduces Maintenance Costs
  • Prevents Intermixing of Aggregate & Soil
  • Cost-Effective
  • Affordable "Aggregate Insurance"
  • Saves Time & Money
  • High Tensile Strength

Woven geotextiles used for ground stabilization minimize rutting and prevent intermixing of the aggregate with the soft soils below. Think of woven geotextiles as affordable insurance for your aggregate. They save time and money by reducing or eliminating the need for additional rock.

Woven geotextiles are placed between the aggregate and the subgrade to stabilize the soil, preserve the aggregate and reinforce the surrounding soil. They will also keep mud below the rock from "pumping" up and help keep cleanup to a minimum.

If you are building a road, constructing a parking lot, stabilizing material staging areas or repairing/installing a gravel driveway, woven geotextiles perform at a high level and save time and money.