Guide to Gravel

Are you in the planning phases of building your dream yard? Maybe you’re looking to add some gravel to a driveway or pathway?  Erosion control? 

Whatever gravel needs you have, we can help!

Although gravel can add a unique and decorative touch to create a beautiful design in your yard, it also serves many practical and environmental purposes. Make sure to learn about the type of gravel you plan to implement, as well as the structure of the rock, before you make a purchase. Some gravel provides a rigid and strong platform, while others, of similar shape and color, can be brittle and easily shift with weight. Once you choose the type of rock, then there are many color and size options available to make your yard stand out in the beautiful way you imagined. 

At Duke City Redi Mix, there are typically 2 types of gravel for sale – Round Rock and Crushed Rock. Although they are both appealing with colors and shape, they serve two very different purposes.

Round Rock

Round Rock is also commonly known as pea rock. This type of rock is very smooth with rounded edges making it easy to move and shift around each other with little resistance. Without rigid edges, piles of round rock have many voids that allow them to be shifted in to. This makes round rock great for drainage and roofing applications. 

Round rock is beautiful in yards, but recommended to be places in areas you don’t plan on walking on. 

Crushed Rock

Crushed rock is the opposite of round rock. Crushed rock is composed of tough, rigid edges, that easily interlock with each other when formed into a pile. Because of this interlock, crushed rock creates a tight bond making it hard to shift even as weight is applied. This makes it great for applications such as driveway structures, walkways, erosion control, and base course for road construction. Let’s take a further look into why crushed rock is commonly used for road construction.

Underneath the pavement you are accustomed to seeing in your everyday life, there are many layers of structure hidden from sight. Base course is made up of a mixture of fine dust and crushed rock, and then placed upon the subgrade, or native soil. This provides a foundation for the pavement that is placed on top. The structure it provides eliminates the shifting of material that could potentially be created from the weight and movement of moving vehicles. It is a crucial piece of road construction that most people don’t even know exists!

It’s easy to assume gravel serves as exclusively visual purposes, but now you know there is so much more! Make the most of your dream yard and choose the gravel that suits your practical and designer needs. With so many color options available, the possibilities are endless.