Gravel can be purposed for a wide range of functions. While the material is often used for base, filler or drainage applications, it can also look beautiful and offer a practical solution for residential driveways and garden paths. Because it can be used in so many different ways, it’s only natural that every user will have different requirements for their projects. In fact, some undertakings might even require multiple layers of different types of gravel. Knowing this can make the idea of calculating how much gravel to purchase seem very overwhelming.
In reality, you can accurately estimate your requirements with just a few clicks of your mouse. Our online gravel calculator takes all of the guesswork out of purchasing your gravel and stone materials so that your life is as easy as possible.
This post will walk you through the importance of using a gravel calculator, how it works and other tips for purchasing the correct amount of stone aggregate.
Why should I use a gravel calculator?
When working with gravel, most homeowners and contractors have a set budget to which they would like to adhere. In order to achieve this goal, you should be able to purchase your materials in the exact amount that you need, without coming up short or accidentally purchasing a large surplus.
When you make the mistake of buying less gravel than you need, you’ll need to invest in more stone aggregate. This requires you to spend time, money and extra resources getting the right amount of material. You will end up paying extra for fuel in order to return to your landscape supplier or to have a bulk order delivered to your work site. In either case, there’s a good chance that you’ll fall behind schedule, and you’ll definitely end up spending more money than you originally anticipated.
Going overboard and purchasing too much gravel, on the other hand, can also create issues. If you have no other immediate use for the surplus, you’ll have to find someplace to store it and hope that you’ll eventually find some way to purpose it. Taking the time to carefully calculate your needs will save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run.
How does a gravel calculator work and how do I use one?
Our online gravel calculator is very simple and effective. All you need to do is input a little bit of information and the calculator will instantly let you know how much gravel you’ll need in cubic yards and in cubic tons. In this way, you’ll be able to easily order your supplies, regardless of how they are sold.
So, what data do you need to submit to the calculator? Three items are required: the length, the width and the depth of your coverage area. Different projects require different depths, so it’s wise to consult with an expert to determine the ideal depth before making any purchasing decisions.
As a general rule of thumb, though, most projects involving gravel should have a depth of 2-3″.
In projects involving multiple layers of gravel, you’ll need to consider each layer separately. As an example, gravel driveways usually require a base layer of large crushed stone, followed by 2-3″ layer of medium sized gravel, with a 2-3″ layer of small gravel on top. In addition to calculating your base stone layer, you’ll need to calculate the two gravel layers separately.
Let’s say that your driveway is 20 feet long and 12 feet wide. You desire 2″ of medium sized gravel, and 3″ of gravel on the surface. You’ll need to perform 2 calculations with the gravel calculator, entering all dimensions in the appropriate fields.
What else should I consider when calculating my gravel needs?
Circular, curved or irregularly shaped project areas may complicate calculations, so it’s best to work with an expert to determine your gravel needs. It’s also wise to talk to a professional about how different sized gravel could impact the accuracy of calculations so that you only purchase what you require to get the job done.
If you’d like to know more about our online gravel calculator or speak with a professional about your upcoming gravel project, feel free to get in touch with one of our professional team members. All of the experts at Braen Stone are qualified to provide you with useful answers, tips and advice so that you can feel confident in your gravel calculations.
Our gravel is available at wholesale prices and can be picked up in New Jersey or bulk delivered to some locations in NJ, NY, NYC and PA.