How Much Does Crushed Limestone Cost?
Limestone is a hard, organic, sedimentary rock composed primarily of calcium carbonate or dolomite. It is commonly used as a building material and it is also a component in making cement or concrete. Limestone may be cut into slabs or blocks to create floor tiles, stair tread, or window sills.
When crushed into specific sizes of 1” to 1½” thick, limestone is then used in several landscaping projects, such as backfill for retaining wall, base for pavement, and for paving a driveway. Crushed limestone is also broken down into irregular shapes that wedge together once compacted.
How much does it cost?
- By the ton, the costs of crushed limestone is going to vary anywhere from $20 to as much as $40.
- By the bag, most 50 pound bags are going to cost anywhere from $3 to $7.
- For instance, Soilbuildingsystems.com offers varied sizes of crushed limestone at the following rates per cubic yard:
- ½” and down — $47.50
- 1” (screened) — $47.50
- 1 ½” and down — $47.50
- ¾” down to 3/8” (screened) — $47.50
- Danielspigndig.com offers the following prices of crushed limestone per ton:
- ¾” crushed on two sides — $20.84 (or $ 26.56 per yard)
- ¾” crushed on three sides — $15.18 (or $ 21.25 per yard)
- Crushed limestone and binder — $20.60 (or $ 22.66 per yard)
- At Mainslandscapesupply.com, the cost of crushed limestone is $38.95 per yard.
What is going to be included?
- Most limestone is crushed in various sizes. This can include sizes that range from 2″ to 1/2″. Most crushed limestone will have different tints that are mostly of a brownish color.
- Quotes of limestone are usually come by the ton or by the yard. Make sure you ask when calling for a price.
- If delivery is set up, they will deliver straight to your doorstep and will usually dump the crushed limestone in the driveway.
What are the extra costs?
- Unless otherwise stated, most quotes and averages noted above are for crushed limestone that is being picked up by the buyer. You will need to spend extra for delivery of your order.
- Some companies charge extra for fuel on each load.
- There will be a minimum delivery charge for each order, and this price can increase more the farther the destination is from the supply site.
- Above prices do not include sales tax.
Factors that influence the price:
- Price for direct shipment depends on mileage from the supplier to the destination.
- All prices are subject to change without prior notice.
- Prices differ depending on where you get your supply.
- Fuel surcharges may apply on delivery that does not reach minimum order quantity.
- There may be handling surcharges for orders that require splitting or loading by hand.
Tips to know:
- When compacted, limestone creates narrow crannies, allowing moisture to seep through.
- If the limestone you purchase has been screened, this means that it has had all the foreign substances removed. This makes for a purer substance, increasing the reliability.
- Limestone makes a simple alternative to dirt and pavement. It is also used for footing and wet areas.
- Crushed limestone is simple to install and maintain.
- If you are inclined to do it yourself, you may lay the crushed limestone directly over dirt or you may dig out the desired spot so that its surface sits level with the ground.
- When used as a backfill, crushed limestone reinforces the wall and serves as a barrier, retaining soil at the same time as it allows moisture to leak out.
- Pulverized limestone is oftentimes made as a component in the production of cement.
- Limestone powder can also be used to minimize coal dust and clean the air in underground mines by spraying it onto coal surfaces.
- When crushed limestone is delivered, it will be left in the driveway regardless of where your project is being done. If you are doing a patio in the back, for example, the crushed limestone will be left in the driveway and you will have to haul it to the site. Delivery trucks will not drive through your yard.
How can I save money?
- If you buy in bulk, most companies are willing to give you a nice discount.
- Get different quotes from several suppliers and compare their prices. If you need to have limestone installed or you are simply looking for a delivery, consider using free services such as HomeAdvisor.com, which helps you compare quotes.