STONE IS ARMOR GRAVEL… GRAVEL CONTAINS STONE AND SAND…SAND CONTAINS STONE… IS THAT TOPSOIL OR LOAM?..WHAT ABOUT PEA STONE? ARE YOU CONFUSED YET? (SERIOUSLY FOLKS…IT’S ALL JUST DIRT)!
Quite often we receive calls from homeowners who need aggregate material for their property, but they are unsure about what material will best suit their needs. To make matters worse, there are many different names for the various products that companies sell. For example, loam may also be referred to as topsoil (or “loom”, depending on whom you are talking to). In other parts of the US, crushed stone is called gravel. Crushed 3/8-inch stone is sometimes called pea stone or pea gravel, and 3-inch to 6-inch stone is sometimes called rip-rap or armor gravel.
If you don’t deal with these products every day, the terminology can be very confusing. You also want to be sure that the material that you are ordering is going to be the right material for your needs. The last thing you need is to get a load of 6-inch stone delivered to your house to fill in the potholes in your driveway!
Dearborn Construction can help you navigate through the vast jungle of aggregate materials. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable about the different materials that we carry, and we are always ready to answer your questions about the materials you need. We even have a selection of samples at our office displaying many of the common materials that we sell to give you a visual idea of what you might need, or you can visit our pit locations in Waterboro, (open year-round Monday through Friday), and Buxton (by appointment) to view our entire selection of aggregate materials. Deliveries are available in Waterboro, Hollis, Buxton, Dayton, Gorham, Saco, Biddeford, Scarborough, and many other locations throughout southern Maine. Our office is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist you.