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The Gravel Calculator is a tool that helps you estimate the amount of
gravel you need for your project and how much it would cost. It takes
into consideration the type of material you want to use (gravel, rock,
sand, topsoil, or riprap), the volume of the area you want to cover, and
the price per unit of the material. We are a licensed contractor and the
calculator implements the method we would use in the field to figure out
the amounts. Given that there is significant difference between bulk and
retail prices we show prices and information for both cases and we also
link to store pages with prices where we would normal buy the materials
from.
Calculating the Volume
The first step in the calculation is determining the volume of the area
you want to cover. This is done by multiplying the length, width, and
depth of the area. The volume is initially calculated in cubic meters.
Volume (cubic meters) = Length (m) x Width (m) x Depth (m)
The calculator then converts this volume into cubic yards and cubic feet
for your convenience.
Volume (cubic yards) = Volume (cubic meters) x 1.30795
Volume (cubic feet) = Volume (cubic meters) x 35.3147
Calculating the Weight
The next step is to calculate the weight of the material needed. This is
done by multiplying the volume of the area by the density of the
material. The density varies depending on the type of material and is
measured in kilograms per cubic meter (kg/m³).
Weight (kg) = Volume (cubic meters) x Density (kg/m³)
The calculator then converts this weight into tons and metric tons.
Weight (tons) = Weight (kg) x 0.00110231
Weight (metric tons) = Weight (kg) x 0.001
Calculating the Cost
The final step is to calculate the cost of the material. This is done by
multiplying the price per unit of the material by the volume or weight,
depending on the price unit. If the price unit is per cubic yard, the
cost is calculated as follows:
Cost = Price (per cu yd) x Volume (cubic yards)
If the price unit is per ton, the cost is calculated as follows:
Cost = Price (per ton) x Weight (tons)
If the price unit is per metric ton, the cost is calculated as follows:
Cost = Price (per metric ton) x Weight (metric tons)
Example
Let's say you want to cover an area of 10m x 10m x 0.5m with dry sand.
The price of dry sand is $50 per cubic yard. The volume in cubic meters
is 10 x 10 x 0.5 = 50 cubic meters. This is equivalent to 65.4 cubic
yards and 1766 cubic feet. The weight of dry sand is 50 x 1600 = 80,000
kg. This is equivalent to 88.2 tons and 80 metric tons. The cost of the
sand is 65.4 x 50 = $3270. So, you would need 65.4 cubic yards (or 1766
cubic feet) of dry sand weighing 88.2 tons (or 80 metric tons) and it
would cost you $3270.
What are the different types of gravel?
Types of Gravel
Gravel is a versatile material that comes in various types, each with
its own unique characteristics. Here are some common types of gravel:
Crushed Stone: This is the most common type of
gravel, made from crushed limestone, granite, or other hard rock. It
is typically angular in shape and is used for driveways, walkways,
and as a base for construction projects.
Pea Gravel: Also known as river rock, pea gravel is
smooth and rounded in shape. It is often used for decorative
purposes in gardens, pathways, and around water features.
Gravel Fines: These are small particles of gravel
that range in size from dust to 3/8 inch. They are commonly used as
a base material for pavers, flagstones, and other hardscape
projects.
Crushed Granite Gravel: This type of gravel is made
from crushed granite rocks and is commonly used for pathways,
driveways, and as a decorative ground cover.
Pea Pebbles: Similar to pea gravel, pea pebbles are
smooth and rounded stones that are often used for landscaping and
decorative purposes.
How much does gravel cost per ton?
Gravel prices can vary depending on location, supplier, and quality.
On average, gravel costs around $15 to $75 per ton.
What is the best type of gravel for driveways?
When it comes to choosing the best type of gravel for driveways, there
are a few options to consider:
Crushed Stone: Crushed stone is a popular choice
for driveways as it provides excellent drainage and a stable
surface. It is available in various sizes and colors, allowing you
to customize the look of your driveway.
Pea Gravel: Pea gravel is another option for
driveways, especially if you prefer a more natural and softer
appearance. It consists of small, rounded stones that are
comfortable to walk on.
Gravel Mix: A gravel mix, also known as road base
mix, is a combination of different sizes of gravel. It is commonly
used for driveways as it provides a solid foundation and good
drainage.
The best type of gravel for your driveway depends on your specific
needs and preferences. Consider factors such as the climate, the
amount of traffic, and the desired aesthetic appeal when making your
decision.
How much gravel do I need for my landscaping project?
It depends on the size of your landscaping project. To calculate the
amount of gravel you need, you'll need to measure the area you want to
cover and determine the desired depth of the gravel layer.
Here's a general formula to help you estimate:
Gravel needed (in cubic yards) = Area (in square feet) × Depth (in
feet) ÷ 27
Keep in mind that this formula assumes a depth of 1 foot. If you want
a different depth, adjust the formula accordingly.
Once you have the cubic yard measurement, you can convert it to the
number of tons of gravel needed. The conversion rate varies depending
on the type of gravel, so it's best to check with your supplier for
the specific conversion rate.
Remember to also consider any additional factors such as slopes,
drainage, and desired aesthetics when determining the amount of gravel
needed for your landscaping project.
How is gravel made or where does it come from?
Gravel is a type of rock that is formed through the natural process of
weathering and erosion. It is typically made up of small fragments of
stone, sand, and other materials. Gravel can be found in various
locations, including riverbeds, beaches, and quarries.
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