Don’t Forget The Crushed Stone For Your Outdoor Project

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crushed stoneWhether 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 some advice to determine the best size to use to suit your project.  A trusted professional can help you make that determination, or you can even call us and we’ll provide you with the information you need about what sizes work best for various types of applications.

Why is it so important that you select the right size of crushed stone for your project?   Because different sizes have different uses.  For example, if you need some stone to make asphalt, you’ll need to select a small sized stone or even stone dust.  On the other hand, if you are looking for stone to use in a drainage system, the small sizes won’t quite do the trick and you’ll need a larger sized stone.  If you are only interested in using the stone as a decorative element in your overall landscaping design, you may be able to select from among a few different sizes, based on the look you are trying to achieve.

Once you’ve determined the size you need, you’ll also have to figure out how much material you need to order.  One of the easiest ways to do that is by using a stone calculator.  All you need to do is to put in the dimensions of the area you need to cover, including the length and width or diameter, as well as the desired depth, and the calculator will tell you how many cubic yards are required to meet your coverage specifications.

You’ll also need to figure out how you are going to get the stone to where you need it to be.  The best option is bulk crushed stone delivery, since the materials are very heavy and cumbersome to transport.

For more information about using crushed stone for your outdoor landscaping or construction project, contact ATAK Trucking, servicing NJ and Staten Island, at 917-912-2900.


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