The Handy Gravel Calculator

By Dorothy Morrison

When planning out a job requiring the use of gravel, whether it is a new driveway, or simply filling in the back garden, a gravel calculator can be an indispensable tool to have.

Gravel is typically sold by the bag for smaller jobs, but when you’re looking at a big job, such as a driveway, it comes by the truckload. When ordering the gravel for your project, you need to know just how much gravel you will need.

A handy way to do this, and to ensure that you have enough, is to use a gravel calculator. While it is not foolproof, and is not guaranteed down to the last rock, it is a great estimation tool. Companies that use various types of gravel may make an adjustment dependent on the density of the stone, to allow for fit or settling.

To use the gravel calculator you will need to determine the area that you are needing to cover. To do this you will input the width, in feet, and the length, also in feet. In addition the calculator needs to know the depth in inches or feet of the project. From this it will be able to give an estimate to the number of cubic yards of gravel needed for the job at hand.

If the project you are working on is circular in nature, the above calculations will not work. The formula for determining a circular area requires you to enter the diameter of the area in feet, followed by the depth in inches or feet. A circular application may be used in a back garden, for plantings or a fountain for example.

Gravel has many uses in home applications and is often sought after because of its ease of maintenance. While grass requires mowing, and cement requires the occasional fill or power washing, gravel is almost maintenance free.

In the case of a driveway or walkway, the occasional rain will take care of any cleaning that may be required. When utilizing gravel around your property a great tip for preventative maintenance is to place a plastic membrane between the ground and the gravel to hinder any weeds from appearing.

Gravel is relatively inexpensive in comparison to other materials, and when poured properly can provide excellent drainage.

Your contractor can help you determine the proper depth for your project, as well as the slope, and the gravel calculator will let you know how much to buy.

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