What Kind of Gravel is Best for Driveways?

Gravel Comes in Various Grades for Paving.

How much does it cost to grade and gravel a driveway?

Costs will vary when grading a driveway depending on the size and slope of the driveway. What materials you choose when installing the driveway will also affect the cost. Usually one of the least expensive materials used for a driveway is gravel. And, as with grading a driveway, the costs to gravel a driveway will vary depending on the size of the driveway and the costs of gravel where you live. For the Austin, TX area, gravel or crushed stone costs on average about $1.33 per square foot. 

When you are looking for affordable driveway grading in Austin, TX make sure to rely on the professionals at ATX Asphalt Paving. Give us a call at 512-646-6069.

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What are the grades of gravel?

Gravel or crushed stone comes in a variety of grades. The grades are based on size. The grade you choose will depend on what you are using it for. Applications for gravel range from filling spaces to paving and serving as a base material for concrete. Here is a list of gravel grades and potential uses.

Grades of gravel

  • #1: This is the largest crushed stone of about 2 to 4 inches in size and is useful for large projects or filling large holes.
  • #3: The stone is between ½-inch to 3 inches and perfect for railroad projects and those requiring drainage
  • #5: This is stone that is 1 inch or smaller and often used for road or paver base.
  • #8: Stone of between ⅜ inch and ½ inch that is commonly used for concrete mixes.
  • #10: This size is known as screening or dust and is used to create pavers or concrete blocks.
  • #57: Crushed stone that is ¾ inch or smaller and used for concrete mix, landscaping or drainage.
  • #67: This is crushed stone ¾ inch or smaller used for road and slab base or as fill.

Is a gravel driveway cheaper than concrete?

For the most part, gravel driveways are cheaper to build than concrete. For the Austin, TX area, gravel costs on average $1.33 per square foot, whereas concrete costs on average about $4.91 per square foot. Costs will vary from location to location. While gravel may be cheaper, it may require more maintenance and you may experience issues with rutting.

What is the maximum grade for a driveway?

When grading a driveway, the maximum grade  ideal for drainage will vary by location. In a hilly area steeper slopes may be required, whereas flatter areas may need lower slopes. Climate will also affect the slope. If you live in an area that gets a large amount of ice and snow, flatter grades will be required. In general, though, the maximum grade you want for a driveway is about 25%, or about 25 feet of rise over 100 feet.

How wide is normal driveway?

The length and width of a driveway will depend upon a variety of factors, including how many vehicles will be on the drive and how much space you want to allow between each vehicle. There is no “normal” width. We recommend a minimum of 10 feet width for a single drive, though 12 feet is preferable so car doors can be open and people can step out onto the drive. City ordinances may also stipulate minimum and maximum lengths and widths for driveways, so it’s best to check with your city before beginning installation.

How much is driveway grading

Costs for grading a driveway will vary depending on the size of the driveway and slope of the grade. Single-car driveways are usually about 12-feet wide, while a two-car driveway is about 16 to 24 feet wide. You also will need about 10 to 20 feet or more extra space for car turnaround when you are trying to determine the cost of a driveway grading project. The cost also will be affected by labor and materials, as well. Call 512-646-6069 when you are looking for an affordable, professional driveway grading service.

Driveway grade breaks

When grading a driveway, depending on the design, the slope may change. These driveway grade breaks will vary per the design and are also regulated by various city ordinances.

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Driveway grading contractors

While there are many driveway grading contractors in the area, if you want a team of reliable professionals, then we are the team to call. We have the expertise and experience to ensure your driveway is well built and drains properly once it is installed. We use the latest equipment and technology, as well as quality materials. We are also the repair experts to call when a drive grade fix is in order. 

So, if you are needing experts for grading a driveway in Austin, TX, give us a call at 512-646-6069.