Crushed Stone vs. Pea Gravel: Prices, Sizes & Uses

Both crushed stone and pea gravel are known for their versatility and have long been used as a common hardscape material. Crushed stone generally costs more than pea gravel and is known for coming in a wide range of sizes, making it perfect for various uses. On the other hand, pea gravel is known for it’s more attractive appearance and small size. Read on to learn more information about these stones!

Dimensions and Appearance

The most obvious difference between pea gravel and crushed stone are the sizes they comes in. Pea gravel is generally 1/8″ to 3/8″ in size or about the size of pea, hence the name “pea” gravel. Crushed stone is available in sizes from 1/2″ to about 4″.

There is a category of crushed stone known as stone dust or screenings and it is just as it says, dust. Pea gravel comes in a variety of of softer hues such as light blue, beige and light red. The stone comes in shades of white, black and gray, unless it has been colored.

What is Pea Gravel Used For?

pea gravel vs crushed stoneAs previously mentioned, pea gravel is known for it’s attractive appearance and is commonly used in above ground applications. These types of projects can include walkways and areas around stepping stones in walkways. It is also used as accent around garden beds, where in addition to looking good it aids in drainage. It can be used as a base for a patio, driveways and for drainage in flower beds and pots.



What is Crushed Stone Used For?

crushed stone vs pea gravelCrushed stone is used for a wider variety of projects than pea gravel. There are several classifications of crushed stone. It’s uses include as a base for pavers and roads (2A), fill (2RC), ballast (#1), drainage (#3), concrete and asphalt mix (#8), riding rinks (#10), concrete blocks (#10), roads (#57) and French drains (#57). The size of the stone is the determining factor in its use.



Crushed Stone and Pea Gravel Prices

Of course, crushed stone prices depend on the quantity purchased. As both of these products are used for applications that are not easily definable such as walkways or driveways it is imperative to make good measurements or as good as measurements as you can.

The cost of a cubic yard of pea gravel runs from about $45 per ton of regular gravel. More attractive grades of pea gravel can cost two to three times that much.

Crushed stone runs from about $20 per ton for screenings or dust up to around $35 per ton for 3-5″ stone. Crushed stone that is similar in size to pea gravel runs about $30 per ton.

Keep in mind that prices could vary widely depending on your location. There are generally minimum amounts of gravel or stone that will be delivered to a project site. This can vary the price also. It is best to always shop and compare when dealing with crushed stone prices or contact a licensed stone supplier.

Final Thoughts

Crushed stone comes in a wider variety of sizes than pea gravel and is generally larger in size than the gravel. Pea gravel is more attractive and used where more decoration is needed. Crushed stone is a little bit more expensive but the price difference is not that great.

There are pro and cons to each type of material. Before deciding on what type of material to use for your project plan well and study each of the materials in depth, and contact a local stone supply company for more information.

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By | 2020-04-01T13:38:17-04:00 May 17th, 2017|Crushed Stone|0 Comments

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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.