About Dirk Braen

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.

How Much Does a Truckload of Fill Dirt Cost?

For many contractors working on construction projects, fill dirt is essential. The right type of dirt varies depending on the project, however when using fill dirt it's important to know how to choose and use it in order to enjoy all the benefits. As fill dirt experts, we'll help you determine how much a truckload of [...]

By | 2017-06-30T09:51:16+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Blog, Fill Dirt|0 Comments

One Quarry Job Creates Nearly Five Others

As a family owned and operated business, Braen Stone believes in keeping customers informed with valuable information. This blog post by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association explains the benefits of quarry jobs and the overall effect they have on the economy. The following post is an article by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel [...]

By | 2017-06-05T10:18:52+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Best Sand for Pavers According to Industry Experts

The key to durable and long-lasting stone pavers lays in the sand used during the construction process. For best results, multiple types of sand should be used. This is because sand is used twice during installation, each time for different purposes. The best sand for pavers is dependent on it's role whether it's for bedding [...]

By | 2017-06-29T11:41:58+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Sand|0 Comments

How Much Does Crushed Limestone Cost?

If you're looking to begin a construction, landscaping or home-improvement project you've likely considered using crushed limestone. As one of the most versatile minerals available, limestone is extremely important for use in a wide range of applications. As you're planning out your project you've likely considered how much crushed limestone will cost. Crushed Limestone Uses [...]

By | 2017-06-12T12:20:28+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Crushed Stone|0 Comments

Is Pea Gravel Safe for Dogs?

While you may love your pup, you may not love the havoc that he can wreak on your yard. Many homeowners have experienced the disasters that occur when their dogs wear down patches of grass, dig holes, create soil acidity problems after frequently doing their business in the same spots and other similar issues. To remedy problems [...]

By | 2017-06-14T10:40:46+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Pea Gravel|0 Comments

Gravel Driveways: How to Get Started

If you've been thinking about installing a gravel driveway, you may be wondering if you can pull it off on your own, and what exactly is involved in this process. While a very skilled do-it-yourselfer may be able to handle this project, it's crucial to understand the steps that are involved before getting your hands [...]

By | 2017-05-22T14:44:59+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Gravel|0 Comments

Asphalt vs. Concrete: Which is Better?

When it comes to hard surfaces for driveways and other similar applications you generally have two choices: asphalt or concrete. Although both types of materials create similar surfaces, there are some key differences that need to be considered before making a final decision on what to work with. Some of the considerations you have to take [...]

By | 2017-05-22T12:50:19+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Asphalt|0 Comments

Why Do I Need Crushed Stone Under Concrete?

When working with concrete slabs, it's important to take the appropriate steps to ensure that it lasts for many years to come. In order to get the most use out of your concrete slabs, you need to add a layer of crushed stone beneath it first. Placing crushed stone under concrete serves several purposes and [...]

By | 2017-05-22T12:19:13+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Crushed Stone|0 Comments

How Much Crushed Stone Do I Need For My Driveway?

Crushed stone is an excellent material to use for driveway applications. When the stone is crushed, it has rough edges and surfaces that create friction when a vehicle is driven over it, making it one of the ideal materials for driveways. In addition, crushed stone driveways are natural and rustic in appearance, and come at [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:16:05+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Crushed Stone|0 Comments

Should I Use Stone Dust or Sand Between Patio Pavers?

The question about using stone dust versus sand between patio pavers has plagued homeowners for years. There are pros and cons to using both materials and it's important to review all aspects before choosing the best material for your patio project. Using Sand Between Patio Pavers Sand between pavers will compact to a degree, yet still [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:40:28+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Sand, Stone Dust|0 Comments