The Different Types of Gravel

Depending on the type of project you’re working on, there are many different types of gravel to use. Some gravel and crushed stone used in construction can be used with a binder while others do not need one. Road base and Rail Road Ballast #3 are the major uses of aggregate without a binder. Aggregate for ready-mix cement and asphalt in highway and road construction, as well as for repair in residential and nonresidential construction are the major uses for aggregates with a binder.

The most common gravel options have many different uses and best practices. It’s important to understand each type of gravel and how you can use it in your next construction project.

Crushed Stone

Crushed clean stone is available in several different sizes based upon your project specifications, but most experts consider “gravel” to be of a size of approximately 3/4″ or less. This type of aggregate material is crushed and screened to size and occasionally washed.

This washing process helps to ensure that the material is free of any remnants of dust or other residue. This type of gravel is often used in the construction of residential driveways, for residential or commercial drainage systems, in ready-mix concrete, for paths and walkways, or for a replacement to traditional mulch.

Pea Gravel

Pea gravel is extremely popular for a number of different reasons. The stones are smooth and round, and feature a wide array of different colors.

Many people elect to use this type of stone in the construction of loose-fill driveways or paths, but it can even be used to create an attractive gravel patio as well. School, church, and city park playgrounds may also choose this material as a playground surface.

Marble Chips

When available in smaller size increments, white marble chips can also be considered to be a type of gravel. White marble chips are extremely popular with home and business owners due to the aesthetic look and feel they provide.

They are commonly found in flower beds and gardens, as well as the surfacing materials for paths and walkways.

Choosing Between the Different Types of Gravel

To get the most out of your project, it’s important that you’re able to find and use the materials that you desire most on a budget you can afford. Braen Stone sells many different types of gravels to meet your needs.

We produce our own stone products from several quarries located throughout NJ, using state of the art mineral processing equipment. Our team has worked with countless home and business owners on their gravel projects, so feel free to ask any questions you may have about the materials.

If you need the materials delivered to your location we can deliver them across most of NJ, NY, PA and CT.


By | 2017-06-14T10:53:04+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Gravel|0 Comments

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Dirk is a Project Manager at Braen Stone. He's an expert on a variety of construction materials and prides himself on helping the company meet the needs of companies large and small.