Driveway Materials (Rock, Stone & Gravel)
- Decorative Rock can accent grass, trees, walls, etc.
- Low maintenance after installation
- Economy (especially when used in problem soil areas)
- Ease and speed of installation, with minimal preparation
- Multiple use (areas covered with rock may be driven on or parked on
- No water use, perfect for arid climate, or water restricted areas
There are many sizes and colors of rock to choose from for walkways, borders, and driveways. To customize your landscape, see our display to find the product best suited for you.
Recycled concrete rock gravel (#4) 1 1/4" - 2" in size
Or (#57) 3/4" Minus in size
(Road Base) Is an inexpensive and popular driveway gravel. This is the same material that is used on gravel roads and alley ways. Road base is made up of 3/4" - 2" rock mixed with fines. The rock provides a stable mud free surface and the fines provide a packed base. This material packs hard and is good for drives, parking areas, or as a base under concrete or asphalt. Road base resists washout the best of any driveway materials and works well for driveways on slopes.
Recycled concrete Fines
3/8" OR 1/4" MINUS
Material (meaning the largest rock particle size is 3/8" or 1/4" and smaller down to dust). Breeze or crusher fines are terms also used to describe this product (the small rock, fines, and dust produced as a by product of crushing rock). The common uses are walkways, driveways, and as a grout between flagstone and rip rap. Concrete fines pack hard and resists washing. In the stockpile, the fines appear to be "mostly dust or fines" but after being spread, packed and wet down the rock particles work to the surface.
In the spring and fall, homeowners often look for ways to improve their homes. Some homeowners have visions of renovated kitchens or bathrooms and many smaller jobs that can also give a home a new and improved look. The job of redoing the driveway is not as glamorous as a new kitchen, bathroom or creating a home theater, however redoing the driveway can give a home's exterior a decidedly different and renewed appearance. If you are considering a new driveway, carefully consider the materials that are available before getting to work on the project.
The Right Types of Gravel for a Driveway
A gravel driveway can create a distinctive entry to your property. There are many types of gravel for a driveway, and each can add a different look to your home and landscaping. Choosing the right type of gravel for a driveway can help you create a beautiful and long lasting entry that you'll be proud of.
It's all About the Shape
No matter what type of stone you choose, make sure that the stones have an angular shape. These types of stones are usually machine-crushed. Angular stones will lock together, reducing the movement caused by the weight of passing vehicles. Although they are attractive, rounded "river stones" will quickly slide out of place. Rounded or smooth stones will dramatically increase your maintenance requirements.
One Size Doesn't Fit All
You'll need several types of gravel for a proper driveway construction
that will last for years to come with low maintenance:
- The base layer of your gravel driveway should contain 1 1/4" - 2" stones, sometimes called #4 stones in the trade. These stones will create a solid foundation for your gravel driveway.
- The second layer of your drive should contain 3/4" sized stones, also called #57 stone.
- The final layer(optional)of your gravel drive should contain Pea-Gravel stone, also called #89 stone.
- Look for "traffic bound" or "dense grade" stones. This type of gravel has stone dust mixed in and forms a hard, cement-like surface as it settles.
You also have the option of using crushed seashells.
^^ Florida - Crushed Sea Shell Driveway^^
Gravel driveways provide a more historical feel . Those who want to add a touch of yesteryear to their home's exterior might choose to consider a crushed stone driveway.
^^ Decorative Crushed stone and gravel driveways^^
^^Crushed Asphalt Millings^^
Recycled Crushed Asphalt millings may also be used to construct, or repave, needed roadway for vehicle use areas such as parking lots, driveways and trailways as a cost effective method...
Many homeowners choose asphalt because of the ease of maintenance and the cost effectiveness. There are many contractors who can install asphalt driveways and many persons who are do-it-yourselfers that can get this job done without hiring a contractor. Do remember that asphalt driveways tend to attract heat. Some parents do not like their children playing on asphalt driveways in the summer when a burn is a possibility. Asphalt driveways tend to crack over time which forces a homeowner to fill the cracks and possibly repave the driveway every ten years or so.
Cobblestone, bluestone or brick are expensive to install. These types of driveway surfaces tend to be prone to weeds growing between the stones or bricks which will require resealing during the lifespan of the driveway. Homeowners who have smaller driveways might want to consider using these materials because of their aesthetic appeal. Keep in mind that concrete driveways are prone to spills and stain and are tough to clean, but their aesthetic appeal is excellent. The choice of concrete colors and designs today appeal to a homeowner who desires a customized driveway.