Everything You Need to Know About Buying Gravel by the Ton

If you’re planning a project with gravel, chances are that you’re going to need tons of it – literally. In order to get the best deal on your gravel materials, it’s smart to buy in bulk.  To pull off the project of your dreams. You’ll need to know everything that is necessary to successfully purchasing gravel by the ton.

Why Buy Gravel by the Ton?

Wondering why you need to buy gravel by the ton? After all, a ton of gravel sure sounds like a lot! Believe it or not, you’re going to need gravel in these quantities in order to take care of all of your landscaping or construction needs. The bulk of projects – even home improvement gigs – will demand high volumes of gravel and similar aggregate materials.

The good news is that buying your gravel by the ton can actually help to reduce stress on your bank account. Many gravel manufacturers and suppliers offer lower rates on bulk orders of their materials. For this reason, we often urge customers to consider purchasing in bulk whenever possible.

Calculating Gravel by the Ton

In order to fully benefit from buying your gravel by the ton, you need to take the time to carefully calculate how much material your project actually demands.  Countless individuals make the mistake of failing to perform the proper materials calculations for their projects, but preparing before you purchase is important for the success of the project.

Trying to guess how many tons of gravel to order for your upcoming job can prove to be disastrous in one of two ways. First, you might make the mistake of ordering too many tons of gravel. In this case, you’ll have plenty of material to complete your project, but you’ll also have so much gravel left over that you won’t know what to do with it.

Unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to resell unused gravel or to get the same price that you originally paid for it, so you may end up dealing with serious financial losses and an unsightly pile of useless material laying around your property.

On the other end of the spectrum, you could make the mistake of ordering too little gravel for your work. When this happens, you usually won’t notice that anything is wrong until you run out of material and your entire job comes to a halt.

At this point, you’re wasting time, man hours and money – all which can throw your project schedule and budget way off course. You’ll be required to call in a second order of materials which may incur further fees and splitting up your order could mean that you miss out on bulk savings.

The only way to save yourself the grief of errors like these is to figure out a surefire way to calculate how to order gravel by the ton with total precision. In order to do this, it’s important that you understand that you won’t actually be ordering your materials by the ton, but by the cubic ton.

Cubic tons differ from regular tons only in that they are a unit of measurement that considers volume – the length, width and depth of your proposed project area. As such, you’ll need to determine the exact measurements of all three of these aspects of your project’s coverage area.

Measuring the length and width of your project space is pretty straightforward. As a rule, we recommend that you work with a partner in order to get the most accurate measurements. Both the length and width of the area should be measured in inches.

Measuring the depth of your project’s coverage area will require digging a little deeper and doing your research on your job’s specific requirements. Depending on the type of project you’re completing, your coverage area could demand different depth requirements.

While the base layer of a gravel driveway may demand 4-6″ of gravel, the surface of a gravel patio may need to be 3-4″ in depth. If you’re unsure about the depth requirements of your upcoming project, we recommend that you speak with a trusted industry expert. As in the case of the length and width of the coverage area, the depth will need to be measured in inches.

Once you have secured these three critical numbers, you’re ready to calculate how to buy gravel by the ton. A reliable online materials calculator like the one on the Braen Stone website will prove to be very helpful. By entering the three measurements into the calculator, you will instantly learn how many cubic tons of gravel to purchase for your project.

Important Considerations

Before ordering gravel by the ton, it’s important to realize that a calculator is only helpful for project coverage areas that are square or rectangular in shape. If you’re planning a project within a space that is winding, curved, circular or irregularly shaped, you will need to perform a separate set of calculations and often the help of a professional is required.

Bulk Deliveries of Gravel by the Ton

After placing an order of gravel by the ton, you may realize that you don’t have the means of transporting the materials from your supplier to your job site on your own. In this case, you’ll need to find a bulk delivery company that you can count on for safe, timely and affordable service.

In order to get the very best bulk delivery service for gravel, we suggest that you spend some time researching the reputation of your prospective gravel bulk delivery company. Make sure that the company is licensed to operate in your area and that they carry valid liability, worker’s compensation, and auto insurance policies in order to protect yourself against any damages or lawsuits. You should also ask for information on the business’s safety record.

Look up reviews from previous customers or ask the delivery service for references to satisfied clients. This will give you the best idea of whether or not the company is professional, timely, safe and helpful. You’ll often find that gravel manufacturers and suppliers that also offer affordable bulk delivery are the most reliable and will provide the very best services.

Buying Gravel by the Ton in NJ

When you’re ready to order gravel by the ton in NJ, Braen Stone is here to help. After more than a century in the industry, we’ve developed a reputation for excellence in the Tri-State area.

Our gravel materials are held to the highest production standards and we are proud to always offer the lowest and most competitive wholesale prices. We’re happy to help you calculate your needs and answer any of your questions. Our gravel can be delivered by the ton to areas throughout parts of NJ, NY, NYC and PA.

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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.