Aside from the construction of structures, crushed rocks have a wide range of residential and commercial uses. They can be used around structural applications because of their economic, functional and aesthetic aspects. Here are a few different areas where crushed rock can be used:
Commercial and Residential Landscaping
Crushed gravel offers great material for your landscaping needs based on aesthetics, functionality and price. You can place it in seating areas and on or beside paths or walkways. If you want, maybe to create a firm foundation, you can place a base rock under crushed gravel.
It comes in a variety of colours and textures to help match your surroundings, especially if you have flowers and outdoor furniture. Warmer and brighter colours are better suited to landscaping needs.
If it rains, crushed gravel offers great drainage, meaning you won't find pools of water that act as breeding grounds for insects and mar your landscape.
If you want to save on costs and still have a great-looking driveway, you can opt to utilise crushed gravel. Asphalt and concrete might be expensive and they don't offer good drainage. That is why drainage systems are installed when constructing asphalt and concrete driveways. You might also find concrete driveways constructed in a slanting manner to help prevent pooling of water.
When considering aesthetics, darker colours are best suited for driveway areas. You should also consider the weight of your vehicle. Since a vehicle is heavy, you might need to lay a base rock under the crushed gravel to have a firm foundation.
Crushed gravel can also be used on patios. This, however, depends on your patio designs. Crushed gravel is mainly chosen for patio floors because it offers good drainage and is cheap, durable and prevents slips. Since you might be spending a lot of time on your patio and maybe holding small parties, you want a floor that can withstand traffic and is slip-proof. Choose a colour and texture that matches the patio and its furniture.
Mulching for Your Garden
Crushed gravel acts as a good and clean mulch material. This is because it offers good drainage and keeps the sun from evaporating any water situated under the gravel. Additionally, crushed gravel suppresses weeds and therefore minimises competition for nutrients and contributes to the clean appearance of your garden.
In Fountains and Ponds
Crushed gravel can act as a cheap and visually appealing covering for the base of fountains and ponds. Pebbles can also be used but might be slightly expensive.