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Gravel: The Basics Down and Dirty

This is a short primer for those that have never ordered Gravel in Dallas TX or Gravel in Ft. Worth TX. It should prove helpful for those that might need driveway gravel or sand and gravel in Dallas TX.

 
Riprap: One of many types of gravel
Riprap: One of many types of gravel
PRLog - Dec. 14, 2012 - DALLAS -- If I were ordering driveway gravel or landscaping gravel for the first time, I would probably like to know something about it before I called a sand and gravel company.  After all how many people sit around and discuss dirt or rocks for fun.  This short article will introduce you to the basic products.  If you would like to see pictures they can be found on th gravel Dallas TX Video http://youtu.be/_6NWufY6_Uge  video.

Gravel has many uses.  Commercial buyers use gravel for roads and for making concrete.  Others use gravel for driveways, decorative gardens, and drainage situations and to line ditches were pipes lay.  We will introduce you to some of the basic types of gravel and tell you were you would use them and let you know about a good supplier for gravel in Dallas TX and gravel in Ft. Worth TX.

Pea Gravel:  Pea Gravel usually comes in sizes from 3/8” to 5/8”.  It is a small stone with rounded edges.  The color is other beige and it is mult-colored.  This is the gravel that is found in playgrounds, driveways and walkways.  This material is clean because it has been washed.

River Rock:  River rock is also washed and is a native stone with a smooth, rounded surface.  It has shades of tan, gray, and beige in it.  This product is often used for French Drains, walkways, landscaping and garden areas.  It can also be used in mixing cement.

Chat Limestone:  This is a natural stone that is angular and ½” or less.  This type of gravel is suitable for drainage projects, walkways, and for pipe embedding.

1” Limestone:  This gravel is the most common size of limestone.  It is a crushed natural product that is suited well for drainage.  It is also used as a top layer for parking lots.  This type of limestone can also be used for pipe embedding or in mixing concrete.  Its color is gray to a gray off-white.

Recycled Concrete Rock:  This product comes in different sizes and is used for a variety of application.  Some of these range from drainage applications to road base.  This is often used in pipe embedment or backfill as well.

Riprap:  This is a large irregular shaped rock that comes in sizes up to 12”.  It is gray in color.  You will see riprap used to slow fast flowing water in a ditch or on an embankment.  Its primary purpose is erosion control.

Gabion Stone:  Gabion stone is again an irregular shaped stone but the size is 4” to 8”.  It is used to fill gabion baskets.  These are used in retaining walls.  This type of gravel is suited well for lining ditches that have a moderate flow of water.

Recycled Asphalt:   This is a low-cost product that is just as the name would suggest.  It is made from recycled or reclaimed asphalt.  It is small and black and is great for driveways, parking lots and for filling holes.

The above products are available from most sand and gravel companies.  For small quantities, some of these items can be purchased in bags at a home improvement center.  For most projects, it is more economical and much easier to have the product delivered by the sand and gravel company directly to the job site.   You will also need to calculate how much gravel you will need to order.  Complete information can be found on the Lowery Sand and Gravel calculator page.  Gravel is calculated by the cubic yard.  The basic formula is Length x Width x Depth (in feet) = answer in feet³ / 27 feet³ = answer in yards³.  You can also just follow a link to the gravel calculator http://www.soildirect.com/calculator/cubic-yard-calculator/

To find a supplier for sand and gravel in Dallas TX or gravel in FT Worth TX I would like to suggest Lowery Sand and Gravel.   Lowery Sand and Gravel Company in Arlington TX has been delivering sand and gravel to businesses and homes in the DFW are for over 30 years.  It is a company that really cares about its customers.   Lowery provides friendly service and at cost competitive prices.

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