Crushed Stone

What Can You Use Crushed Stone For?

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There are many uses for crushed stone, with uses varying depending on the sizes of the stone in any particular batch.  Although referred to as crushed, not all options involve very small, fine pieces of stone.  Rather you can select from a rather finely ground stone dust, with particles too small to uniformly measure as wells as options that contain individuals stones that are 2 ½” or more in size.  As you can imagine, there will be very different uses for a pile of stone that is practically ground into dust as compared to a similar pile of stone that can be defined by one or two inch individual pieces.

Some of the finest and smallest varieties of crushed stone are used to make asphalt.  They can also be used as a base for concrete pavers and other types of paving blocks or as a base for walkways, bike paths and driveways.   You’ll even find stone screenings used in horse arenas.

As you get to some of the still small but more moderate sizes of the material, such as 3/8” or 5/8” sizes, you’ll also find that the stones can be used to mix with asphalt.  Additionally, this size can be used for driveways or for drainage purposes.  These stones can also be used on walkways or pathways and are commonly seen as a decorative element in landscaping designs.

Once you get into larger sizes then this, you will likely not see the stones used in any capacity in which you need a smooth and compact base where you are directly walking on it, such as walkways or pathways.  Rather, you’ll see stones that are 3/4” or more being used in a variety of drainage applications.  You’ll also […]

Don’t Forget The Crushed Stone For Your Outdoor Project

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Whether your summer consists of landscaping or re-landscaping your property or you are embarking on an outdoor construction project, chances are pretty good that you will require crushed stone at some point in the process.  This material comes in a selection of different sizes and is used in a wide variety of applications, from laying the base for driveways, walkways and patios to aiding in the drainage capacity of your property.  The stone can also be used as a decorative element in landscaping design when placed around trees or within beds and is often a key element when making asphalt.

One of the first things you’ll need to determine when it comes to ordering crushed stone is what size you will need.  The options abound in this category and range from a fine dust up to about 2 ½” inches or more.  The size that you select will tell you approximately how large each of the stones is that make up the mix.  Of course, each individual stone will vary slightly in size and will be uniquely shaped, so that not every single individual piece will be identical, but they will all be relatively uniform.

How do you determine what size stones you will need?  Well, if you’re a professional landscaper or contractor, this is probably a relatively easy thing to do since you’ll have experience knowing what sizes work best, depending on the job at hand.  If you are a homeowner or business owner and are having work performed by a professional, they will likely handle determining what size and how much you need, and may even do the ordering for you.

If you are tackling a project on your own, however, you may need to seek […]

With Summer Here, Now Is The Time To Get Those Outdoor Projects Completed

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The summer solstice officially falls this year on Saturday, June 21st but for many, summer begins as soon as Memorial Day has come and gone.  No matter when you signal the beginning of summer, it’s clear that this is the time of year that many people get outdoors and start working on the outdoor projects they may have put off throughout the cooler months.

If landscaping is on your list of things to do this summer, there are some basic materials you’ll need to start with before you can begin planting trees, shrubs or flowers.  If you don’t already have flower beds in place and ready to go, the first thing you’ll need to do is to get some dirt.  If you are creating new flower beds in areas where they never existed before, you’ll likely need a bulk dirt delivery.  This will be much more economical and effective than trying to buy and lug enough bags of the brown stuff from the local garden center or home improvement store to your home.

Once you have your beds in place and built up to the height you want them, you’ll want to then top them off with a layer of topsoil.  Although you may think that what you have in place already is good enough, the fact is that topsoil contains nutrients and organic matter that your plants need to thrive and grow, and subsoil simply doesn’t have enough to keep your plantings healthy and sustained.

After you’ve got your flower beds finished off and have planted all trees, shrubs or flowers, you’ll likely want to finish the beds off with some mulch or crushed stone.  This not only gives the landscaping a more finished look (and keeps […]

Determining What Size Crushed Stone You Need For Your Project

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Crushed stone is used for a wide variety of projects, from building roads to providing suitable drainage and from laying a base for pavers to enhancing the look of landscaping projects. There are so many uses for this versatile material, yet many people are unsure of what size they need when it comes to selecting the proper material for their project.

If you are baffled by the many options and are unsure of what size you need, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a listing of common uses for each size of stone so you can get a better idea of what each is commonly used for. We will also gladly discuss your project with you to provide you with recommendations about what types of materials and sizes are most appropriate to meet your needs.

For starters, it’s important to note some of the most common uses for this type of material in general, no matter what the size. Common uses include:

Base layer for pavers, brick, blocks or concrete in applications such as patios, sidewalks and driveways
Mixed with asphalt
Landscaping – decorative and as base layer material
Septic systems and dry wells


What exactly is this material, you may ask?  Crushed stone is quarried and processed from a virgin natural source of volcanic extrusion igneous basalt, also known as trap rock.

When it comes to sizes, you will find options that typically range from stone dust (screenings) to about 2 ½”. Here are the most commonly found sizes of crushed stone and what you can use them for:

Dust (screenings) – This is a 1/4″ minus material that can be used to fabricate concrete pavers or blocks or it can be used as a base for pavers or blocks. It is also […]

What are the different Types of Gravel?

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 Q-What are the different types of Gravel?

A-Multiple types of gravel have been recognized, including;

Bank gravel: gravel intermixed with sand or clay.

Bench gravel: a bed of gravel located on the side of a valley above the present stream bottom, indicating the former location of the stream bed when it was at a higher level.

Creek rock: This is generally rounded, semi-polished stones, potentially of a wide range of types, that are dredged or scooped from river beds and creek beds. It is also often used as concrete aggregate and less often as a paving surface.

Crushed Rock: Crushed Rock is mechanically broken into small pieces then sorted by filtering through different size mesh.

Crushed Stone: This is generally Limestone or dolomite that has been crushed and graded by screens to certain size classes. Hence the name “crushed stone”. It is widely used in concrete and as a surfacing for roads and driveways, “driveway gravel” sometimes with tar applied over it. Crushed stone may also be made from granite and other rocks. A special type of limestone crushed stone is dense grade aggregate, or DGA, also known as crusher run. This is a mixed grade of mostly small crushed stone in a matrix of crushed limestone powder. Crushed stone is is very commonly used for driveways. The most common sizes of crushed stone is range from 3/8 crushed stone, 5/8 crushed stone, 3/4 crushed stone, 1 1/2 crushed stone, 2 1/2 crushed stone. You may be able to find crushed stone in other sizes as well.

Fine gravel: gravel consisting of particles with a diameter of 1 to 2 mm.

Lag gravel: a surface accumulation of coarse gravel produced by the removal of finer particles.

Pay gravel: also known as “pay dirt”; […]

What are the Types of Aggregate materials used in construction?

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Q- What are the types of Aggregate materials used in the building and construction Industry?

A-Construction aggregate, or simply “aggregate”, is a broad category of coarse particulate material used in construction, including sand, gravel, crushed stone , slag, and recycled concrete .  Aggregates are a component of composite materials such as concrete and asphalt concrete; the aggregate serves as reinforcement to add strength to the overall composite material. Aggregates are also used as base material under foundations, roads, and railroads.The American Society for Testing and Materials publishes an exhaustive listing of specifications for various construction aggregate products, which, by their individual design, are suitable for specific construction purposes. These products include specific types of coarse and fine aggregate designed for such uses as additives to asphalt and concrete mixes, as well as other construction uses. State transportation departments further refine aggregate material specifications in order to tailor aggregate use to the needs and available supply in their particular locations. Sources for these basic materials can be grouped into three main areas:

Mining of mineral aggregate deposits, including sand, gravel and stone;
Use of waste slag from the manufacture of iron and steel;
Recycling of concrete , which is itself chiefly manufactured from mineral aggregates.
In addition, there are some (minor) materials that are used as specialty lightweight aggregates: clay, pumice, perlite, and vermiculite.
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Crushed Stone Uses

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Crushed Stone
Crushed stone and or rocks supplied in the Northeast generally include 3/8″ Crushed Stone, 5/8″ Crushed Stone, 3/4″ Crushed Stone, 1 1/2″ Crushed Stone, 2 1/2″ Crushed Stone, Stone Screenings, and “DGA” Dense Graded Aggregate. All crushed stone materials have different uses and applications. Below is a brief overview of the different types of uses crushed stone has in the construction, building  and landscaping industries.

• Stone Dust or Stone Screenings – Stone Dust is used as a base for paving blocks & base for concrete paved roads and areas such as horse arenas

• 3/8″ Crushed Stone – 3/8 inch crushed stone is usually bluish to grayish in color. It is a clean stone that is used for driveways, drainage, and is often mixed with asphalt.

• 5/8″ Crushed Stone – 5/8 inch crushed stone generally has the same look and applications as 3/8 inch crushed stone, only it is slightly larger

• 3/4″ Crushed Stone – 3/4 inch Crushed Stone is also blue to gray in color, but its larger size has some additional uses. 3/4 inch Crushed Stone is used in driveways, but it is also used for around trees, landscaping, French drains, and as a sub-base for concrete sidewalks, concrete driveways, and patios,

• 1 1/2″ Crushed Stone – 1 1/2 inch Crushed Stone like most crushed stone, is blue or gray. It is primarily used for drainage, septic systems, and as a road base

• 2 1/2″ Crushed Stone – 2 1/2 inch Crushed Stone is blue or gray. These largest of the crushed stone products are used primarily for septic systems, & tracking pads on job sites.

• 3/4″ DGA – DGA or Dense Graded Aggregate is a combination of crushed stone and gravel created in […]

Crushed Stone-Statistical Compendium by U.S. Geological Survey

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Below is a statistacl report about crushed stone.


Statistical Compendium by U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Information
Commodity Specialist: Valentin V. Tepordei ( Last modification: 11/04/97

Stone, in its multitude of forms, represents a very significant part of the Earth’s crust and one of the most accessible natural resources. Stone has been used since the earliest days of our civilization, first as a tool or weapon, then as construction material, and later, in its crushed form, as one of the basic raw materials for a wide variety of uses ranging from agriculture and chemicals to complex industrial processes. At the beginning of the 20th century, the U.S. production of crushed stone was relatively small, and its uses limited. Today, crushed stone is being produced in 48 of the 50 States, and its annual production tonnage ranks first in the nonfuel minerals industry. The United States is, in general, self-sufficient in crushed stone, producing enough to meet most of the domestic needs. Small quantities of crushed stone, used mainly as construction aggregates, are being imported mostly by water from the Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico to compensate for local shortages that exist in some areas of the country.

The demand for crushed stone is determined mostly by the level of construction activity, and, therefore, the demand for construction materials. U.S. production of crushed stone recorded a significant growth in the past 40 years, from 229 million metric tons in 1950 to 1.1 billion metric tons in 1990. The highest level of production was reached in 1988–1.13 billion metric tons. Between 1950 and 1973, because of the construction of the Interstate Highway System, the growth from year to year in the production of crushed stone was almost continuous, paralleling the increased demand […]