Gravel or Stone, what’s the difference?

Do you know the difference between gravel and stone? There seems to be a large misconception about the differences between these two products in particular. While they have similar uses, they are very different overall. Ordering the wrong product can be extremely frustrating, it takes up time, money and patience! Having a vague idea of what you’re looking for when you order could be the key to saving you a lot of headache if the wrong kind of material is delivered. Below is a quick guide to helping you see the differences with your own eyes!

three-quarter inch gravel

Gravel comes in a few different sizes, and if you’re curious about the uses for each size you can check out our previous blog post, what kind of gravel do you need for your project? Gravel is a mixture of crushed stone and sand. This can get confusing since there is stone mixed in with the sand and sometimes people don’t realize what they’re buying when they hear “stone with sand”. This is a very popular product, but it wouldn’t be ideal for a walkway or the top layer of a driveway.

Crushed Stone
one and one-half inch crushed stone not septic certified

Crushed stone is blue/gray in color and usually has jagged edges. This is can be used for driveway surfaces or for drainage. Stone has been screened to particular sizes and should have no sand or dirt mixed with it at all. You wouldn’t want to use this product as a top layer of a walkway or to put lawn furniture on.

Glacier Stone
one and one-half inch glacier stone

Glacier stone is similar to crushed stone, it is screened to specific sizes and there should be no dirt or sand mixed in with it at all. The difference between these two stones is simply the way they look. The glacier stone (sometimes called river rock) is rounded and smooth, sometimes used for walkways or cosmetically around houses or gardens. Though you could, you wouldn’t want to use this product on a driveway or under a patio.

If you’re not sure what product you are looking for there is no shame in asking! Please call us with any questions about the products you’re looking at, we’d be happy to give you the advice to need to make your property look great!