Crushed Limestone Uses & Benefits

There is no naturally formed rock that is as versatile as limestone  – especially when it’s been crushed and screened. So many contractors throughout a wide range of industries are interested in picking up crushed limestone to complete their various projects. Paired with its strength, durability, and practicality, crushed limestone has become a “go-to” material for landscaping, home-improvement, and construction projects.

As a contractor or homeowner, it’s time to take full advantage of the many uses of crushed limestone. For inspiration on how you can get the most out of pulverized limestone, consider the many practical uses and benefits that it has to offer.

Crushed Limestone Uses

You’d be amazed at the number of ways that crushed limestone can be used for either functional or decorative purposes, including:

  • Making Concrete – Concrete is a combination of cement, water, sand and crushed aggregate. In some cases, contractors will choose to utilize crushed limestone as the aggregate material in order to create an attractive, durable concrete product.
  • Road Base – Before roads and highways can be paved and be strong enough to withstand traffic, their bases must be filled with a reliable aggregate material. Limestone that has been crushed down to size is ideal as it’s affordable, reliable and offers a smooth and easy ride.
  • Pipe Bedding – Crushed lime aggregate is frequently used for bedding underground pipes. The material is a top pick because it’s able to level and support the pipe. The material does not expand and contract, preserving the integrity of the pipeline, and it’s also able to insulate the pipe from any soil movement that could occur as a result of moisture, traffic above the pipe or other soil distress.
  • Under Slab Fill – In new construction, concrete slabs cannot simply be laid directly on the earth. Instead, a layer of crushed stone needs to fill the area beneath the slab. This keeps the concrete level, allows for good drainage, and prevents settlement cracks. Limestone aggregate is commonly selected for this purpose.
  • Flux Stone – When crushed, lime can be used for smelting and other metal refining processes. The heat of smelting causes the aggregate to combine with impurities and may be removed from the process as a slag.
  • Driveways – Some homeowners like the idea of a gravel driveway, but would prefer to have other color options. Crushed lime is able to offer all of the benefits of gravel, but provides a soothing, natural tan coloration.
  • Railroad Ballast – Railroad ballast is what supports the rail ties and allows water to flow away from the tracks. A good ballast should be angular and durable, which is why limestone is often chosen.
  • Roofing Granules – When crushed down to a fine particle size, crushed limestone is frequently used as a coating for asphalt impregnated shingles and roofing. The material helps to deflect heat and to protect roofing against the elements.
  • Rip Rap – Because it’s affordable, convenient, and reliable, limestone works well as rip rap stone and effectively prevents shore erosion.
  • AglimeCrushed lime can be used to regulate soil pH levels. Farmers utilize the material to improve conditions for crop growing, homeowners can improve the appearance of their lawns with it and contractors may need to spread the material throughout the properties of newly constructed homes and businesses before sod can be laid down.

Benefits of Crushed Limestone

In crushed form, limestone can offer users a host of benefits. You’ll enjoy:

  • Versatility – As you can see, crushed limestone is the perfect solution for a number of different problems. Contractors can easily stock up on the material, as they are sure to use it quickly for a number of different projects.
  • Availability – Those of us living in the northeast are fortunate in that limestone is a readily available commodity. Whenever you require the use of crushed limestone for one of your projects, you’ll be able to quickly access the necessary materials so that you can get started right away.
  • Affordability – The ample supply of limestone in our area means that it will be less expensive than other landscaping materials.
  • Attractiveness – The subtle, natural coloration of limestone is very appealing to the eye. Loose-fill surfaces like driveways, paths and patios that are comprised of crushed lime will look gorgeous and raise your property value.
  • Durability – Limestone is very tough, durable and capable of withstanding the elements. Because it’s so long-lasting, you can count on the materials to function as intended with minimal maintenance or repairs.

Is crushed limestone the right solution for your next project? Feel free to get in touch with one of the experts at Braen Stone to discuss your needs. We sell limestone aggregate at competitive, wholesale rates. You can pick up your materials directly from our location or have them bulk delivered to your location in most of NJ, NY, PA or CT.

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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.