Stone Aggregates: What Are They and How Can They Work in Your Home? A footpath built with pebbles. Click for more images: Stone aggregates can take your outdoor space to the next level—and Connecticut Stone is proud to carry the area’s largest selection of these versatile materials. No matter what color, style, or size you may have in mind for your outdoor project, we can help you find what you’re looking for. When it comes time to place your order, we can also help you choose the right quantity for your project. Typically, stone aggregates are sold in either 50-pound bags or in bulk by the ton. On average, a bag of aggregates typically covers up to six square feet at a one-inch depth, whereas a ton typically covers about 200 square feet at a one-inch depth. Regardless of how large or small your project may be, Connecticut Stone has the aggregates you need to turn your design dream into a reality. What Are Aggregates? Aggregates (also commonly referred to as chips and pebbles or crushed stone in the industry) are a particular material made up of crushed stone, sand, or gravel. There are a variety of sizes available depending on the specific application. Some types (like our popular Mexican Beach Pebbles) can measure as large as two to three inches in diameter. What Can They Be Used For? Homeowners love crushed stones because of their versatility and accessibility. They’re an excellent material for many DIY projects, allowing you to achieve a beautiful look without spending a lot of money in the process. The possible applications are nearly endless, but there are a few common ways in which these materials are used. Pathways and Sidewalks Stone aggregates can be a suitable option for use on pathways and sidewalks. This affordable material can be easily placed, and homeowners can choose the color and style that best suits their tastes. For added versatility, aggregates are also available in a rounded style that are especially useful in areas where people may be walking barefoot, like around swimming pools and spas. Raised Bed Gardens and Landscaping One of the most popular applications for aggregates is in flower beds, raised bed gardens, and similar landscaping projects. They make for an excellent substitute for traditional mulch, offering excellent drainage while also locking moisture in to keep plants healthy. And of course, unlike traditional wooden mulch, stone aggregates don’t need to be replaced regularly (although they can be refreshed quite easily as needed). Driveways Some homeowners will also use aggregates as an alternative to asphalt. Not only are rounded ones safe for tires to drive over, but they come in a wide range of colors that allow you to create your ideal curb appeal. Stone aggregates are a very cost-effective driveway option, and you only need a depth of a couple of inches for this application. Stone and Paver Installation Aggregate products like sand and stonedust are often used underneath concrete pavers or bluestone to create a setting bed for installation. Typically, four to six inches can be placed underneath, and if the installation area is particularly wet or damp, several inches of gravel can be used for drainage. This is a more cost-effective route for homeowners than installing stone or pavers on a concrete bed. Different Types of Stone Aggregates Connecticut Stone carries the area’s largest selection of stone aggregates and chips and pebbles, including: Snow White Chips - great for achieving a clean and fresh look Philly Tan Chips - a best-seller that blends well with many different landscapes Riverjacks - available in beautiful grays, creams, whites, and reds Goose Eggs - rounded and excellent for use around pools Contact Connecticut Stone to find out more about our stone aggregate offerings; we look forward to helping you add a splash of color and texture to your next landscaping project!