#57 Limestone Gravel is a very commonly used gravel for a large number of applications. Its angular shape helps it lock in place, its relatively small size makes it easy to move, and it still has enough graps when spread or compacted to allow a large amount of water to flow through it.
#57 Gravel is the most common used gravel for a large number of applications. Its angular shape helps it lock in place, its relatively small size makes it easy to move. It has enough graps when spread or compacted to allow water to flow through it. This makes #57 Gravel great for:
- Drainage in large areas that hold large amounts of water or small areas like the bottom of a flower pot
- Underneath small structures such as patios, driveways, landscape walls, and sheds
- Backfill for retaining walls
- Many other construction related applications
#57 Gravel is sometimes referred to as Driveway Gravel or 3/4" Gravel.
If you need to fill an area with something that won't move, won't get washed out, needs to drain water, or needs to provide a strong base for a structure, #57 Gravel is most likely the best option.
How do I get my gravel?
- Load the product directly into your truck or trailer using a "skid-steerer" (or Bobcat front loader). Keep in mind the truck bed needs to have an open top to use the loader. You are more than welcome to shovel it in a vechicle that has a closed top.
-Deliver your product in a dump truck that can dump in almost any paved area. We have trucks of various sizes that can fit almost any need.
-Delivery your product in a SuperSack which is a 3'x3'x3' bag on a pallet. The SuperSack is brought to you and placed in a paved area using a forklift on the back of the truck.
- Fill any container you bring! It's much cheaper than buying prepackaged bags.
- Install the product for you! Simply fill out this on-line form below (labeled "FREE ESTIMATES"), select an appointment time, and we will be out there to provide an immediate on-site estimate for the work you would like completed! As a general rule, installation labor is approximately $75.00 per ton plus the cost of the material...again just a ballpark so you know what to expect.
Please see below for more detailed information about delivery.
How much do I need?
This is the most common question we have and it is easy to figure out with our gravel calculator! Bulk gravel is sold by ton which. If you provide input a little information to our calculator, we will provide you with how much gravel you will need for your project. Simply get the width and length of the areas that you will be applying the gravel and input the information in our gravel project calculator, then select your desired depth of gravel. The calculator will figure out how many tons you will need! Make sure you consider the existing plants in the area, you will not be applying gravel on top of them so minus some of the area out for that!
#57 Gravel Calculator
#57 Gravel Coverage:
Each ton covers approximately 60 square feet at 4" deep, 80 square feet at 3" deep, or 120 square feet at 2" deep.
#57 Gravel Color:
In central Ohio, this stone is generally a grey to tan color. There is a variation in color depending on the location and depth in quarry.
#57 Gravel Shape/Size:
This stone is angular in shape since it is crushed. The size ranges from 1/2 to 1 inch in size, generally it is considered a 3/4 inch stone.
#57 Gravel Material:
Limestone and/or granite
Weight of #57 Gravel :
Volume of ton of #57 Gravel:
21 Cubic Feet
Gravel Installation Instructions:
- New gravel driveways should be done in two layers. First layer or base should be either #2 Gravel or #4 Gravel, this layer should be 3" to 6". You will then use #57 Gravel, the appropriate depth of stone should be 3" to 6". Vehicles and time will push the gravel into the soil which will require more gravel initially than if the area already had a hard base to lay upon. In 2-3 years, you may need to refresh the area until the ground is hard enough to no longer allow the gravel to be pushed into the soil.
- Existing driveways need approximately 2" of gravel. You may need more if the previously layed gravel has been pushed deep into the soil.
- Patios need at least 4" of #57 Gravel as a base with a leveling agent like #9 Gravel for the stone to lay naturally on. If you plan to place heavy objects on the patio such as a fireplace or hot tub, you need at least 6" of gravel to reduce sinking in that area. Paved driveways need least 10" of #57, especially if heavy vehicles will be driven on them. Keep in mind that you will need to overdig the paved area, so add a couple feet on each side of your measurement to ensure you have enough.
- #57s are also regularly used for backfill on a retaining wall. This allows water to flow over and through the ground towards your wall but instead of pushing soil over, into, and through your wall, the soil and water can move through the #57s instead. You'll need a compacted gravel based below the wall that will depend on the weight of the wall (the density of the stone and the volume of all stones, including the cap). The backfill will start from the base of the wall and go vertically up the back of the wall, leaving 4"-6" below the top of the wall (that area will be covered by native soil). The backfill gravel will start from the back of the wall and extend towards the soil - anywhere from 3" to 10", depending on the height of the wall and how much water flows in the area.
- Small structures such as sheds generally need 3"-4" inches of #57 gravel while larger sheds may need more.
When in doubt, increase your base depth or backfill amount. While it may cost a little more, it pales in comparison to the cost of the rest of the job or for a repair that needs done years down the road.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our experts at 614-792-8686 or use the chat window at the bottom right of your screen.
Other Packaging Options:
This product is also available in 50 pound bags!
Bulk products in loose form will be dumped from our trucks or loaded by machine in your open truck. Unfortunately, we cannot mix bulk products on the same truck nor can we dump your product in more than one spot. If you are interested in multiple bulk products, you may want to consider selecting the Supersack packaging option, then you can mix the bulk products on the same truck if they are all packaged in Supersacks. We can bring up to 15 cubic yards or tons of bulk or packaged material to you per delivery. Please keep in mind that our drivers ability to place the product in the exact location you want it may be limited due to access and overhead obstructions. We ship product 7 days a week, but please provide a two day notice when orders are placed on-line. Please contact us with any other questions!
Due to the nature of bulk products, it cannot be returned for credit.