How to Use Clean Stone Grits for Your Next Construction Project

Stone grits may not be the hottest selling item in the world of construction and landscaping, but that doesn’t mean that this aggregate material isn’t valuable. Although not terribly glamorous, stone grits are a very practical and affordable solution for many project needs.

If you believe that stone grits could benefit your upcoming construction work, there are a few things that you should be aware of. This post will cover all of the things you need to know in order to get the most out of working with clean stone grits and to get the job done right.

Understand the Manufacturing Process

Don’t make the mistake of believing that clean stone grits are just any old batch of loose stone aggregate on the ground because this simply isn’t the case. In order to be effective and practical, stone grits need to be carefully produced by a reputable manufacturer that will take the time to ensure that the materials are of the highest quality for construction purposes. Before purchasing your materials, we urge you to verify that your stone grits are produced in the following manner.

First, the virgin materials are harvested from a local quarry. Depending on the quarry, your stone grits could be made from limestone, gneiss, granite or trap rock, all of which are excellent construction materials. From here, the stone needs to be pulverized in order to create the many small pieces that will become the aggregate product.

In order to ensure that the grits are of a uniform size, the stone is screened. The standard size for stone grits is 2x4mm which is why you may sometimes see this material simply referred to as 2x4mm stone. Finally, the stone grits need to be washed. This washing process removes any stone dust, debris or other unwanted residue so that you’re left only with clean stone grits.

Know the Best Practical Uses

How can you best use clean stone grits for your upcoming construction project? Some of its most common uses include:

  • Improving Traction – Concrete, stone pavers and similar materials have a tendency to become very slippery when wet. This can create dangerous conditions for walking along sidewalks, patios, swimming pool decks, etc. Clean stone grits can be mixed in with a sealant and applied to the surface of the pavement in order to create better traction and eliminate hazards.
  • Improving Esthetics – In some cases, property owners may not be satisfied with the natural texturing provided by concrete or other paving materials. In this case, a stone grit sealcoat can be applied to the surface of the materials in order to add depth, dimension and visual interest.
  • Rock Salt Alternative – Winter contractors who need to maintain safety on and around the job site may work with clean stone grits as a means of melting snow and ice while reducing the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. The stone grits can immediately improve traction while also helping to prevent icy patches from forming on the ground. For best results, the clean stone grits can be carefully blended together with rock salt.

Calculate Your Need

Working with stone grits requires a certain degree of precision – especially when it comes to purchasing the right quantity of materials. Too many contractors and homeowners get themselves into trouble by deciding to “eyeball” the amount of aggregate to buy. Whether you purchase too much or too little material, though, you’re going to suffer some consequences.

Those who buy more stone grits than they actually need will find themselves with a surplus of material that they have no practical use for. Because you may find it difficult to resell the aggregate for the same price that you originally paid for it, you’ll end up losing money.

If, on the other hand, you find that you haven’t ordered enough stone grits to complete your project, your work will come to a halt as you’re forced to make a second order. Not only does this waste time and man hours, but it also means that you may have to pay a second delivery fee and you may lose out on the opportunity to enjoy on bulk pricing. For obvious reasons, it’s in your best interest to avoid disasters like these. This means taking a little bit of your time to calculate how much material to purchase.

Before you start memorizing complex formulas and trying to dust off your rusty math skills, though, you might want to consider working with a trusted online materials calculator. These handy tools eliminate all of the guess work and simplify your life. All you need to do is enter the length, width and depth of your project’s coverage area (in inches) and the calculator will tell you how many cubic tons or cubic yards of material you need to buy. If there’s any doubt, consult with a professional.

Choose the Right Supplier

Knowing how you intend to use clean stone grits and how much material you’ll need to do it is only half the battle. Having the ability to select an honest, fair and reliable supplier amongst the many available options will make a huge difference in the quality of your materials and how much you spend on your project.

Your first inclination may be to visit a local, big box retailer like Home Depot or Lowes. These retailers often seem like the most convenient choice, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll get the best deal. In fact, these stores frequently sell stone grits for much more than what they’re actually worth. This is because they don’t manufacture their own stone materials. Instead, they buy up a supply of stone grits from a direct manufacturer and then resell them at higher rates to customers like yourself.

Online vendors form sites like Craigslist can also be tempting for contractors. These sellers typically offer very cheap prices, but at what cost to you? Because there’s no way to guarantee where the materials originated or how they were manufactured, you run the risk of buying low quality stone grits.

In order to save yourself the grief of overspending or being left with subpar materials, we strongly urge you to seek out a local stone manufacturer and supplier that produces clean stone grits from its own quarries. These suppliers will be able to provide you with accurate and reliable information on what the grits are comprised of and how they were manufactured while also offering competitive wholesale prices.

Purchasing Stone Grits in NJ

Contractors throughout NJ and NY know that they can count on Braen Stone for all of their clean stone grit needs. We’ve been manufacturing high quality stone grits from our locally owned and operated quarries for more than 110 years. We strive to provide our customers with a consistently superior product and to keep our rates as competitive and low as possible.

This is why we offer wholesale pricing on our construction materials. Our team of experts are ready and qualified to address all of your questions and concerns and to provide you with advice on your project. Pick up your clean stone grits from one of our convenient NJ locations or have them bulk delivered to job sites throughout NJ, NY, PA and CT.

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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.