How Much Does Limestone Cost?

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Limestone is a type of rock that is used extensively in different industries such as construction and as animal feed.  Aside from these basic uses, limestone is also used in mines where it provides illumination and reduces the amount of cold dust stirred by the different activities held within the mine.  Cement is probably the most famous byproduct of limestone, but most of the time, limestone is purchased for landscaping or a home improvement project.

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How much does limestone cost per ton?

Because limestone is so readily available, the cost can be quite low.  It is pretty inexpensive and can cost next to nothing to purchase and use.  The price will simply depend on the amount of limestone that you will purchase as well as the company you’re purchasing from.  The cost of limestone will depend on the amount purchased, quality, type, if delivery is involved, geographical location and where it’s purchased from.  On average, plan on spending anywhere from $10 to as much as $55 per ton.

Ohio Mulch, for example, lists its prices online and charges $43.99 per ton.

Young’s Sand and Gravel, another landscaping supplier, lists its prices on its website as well.  According to the price list, all limestone, with the exception of #8 will cost $20 per ton.

Limestone overview

Limestone, when purchased from a local landscaping supplier, is often used as a stone for either drainage or for a driveway.  As mentioned above, it has other uses as well.  This stone will have a gray-white color and is roughly the size of a quarter.  Some suppliers may crush it into smaller sizes with corners and edges, while others will leave it as is in its natural form, which is similar to that of a round pebble.,

Common sizes available include # 10 screenings [Powder to 1/4″], #8 [3/8″], #57 [3/4″ to 1″], #4 [1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″], #411 [#57 and #10 mixed] and #304 [#4 and #10 mixed].  #57 is recommended as a base for concrete or asphalt, or as a base underneath a deck.  #411 will be commonly used for a retaining wall or when installing paving stones.   Three-Z, Inc. says the smaller the stone will be, the smoother the finish is.  Also, the softer the area you’re working with is, the larger the stone you will want to start with as you add additional layers of smaller stone.

What are the extra costs?

The cost to deliver the limestone depends on the distance traveled and the amount of limestone that will be purchased.  On average, delivery can start from $100 and go up from there depending upon how much stone has to be delivered.  Some companies may include the delivery if you purchase a minimum amount.

Landscaping and labor costs, if needed, can be another cost to budget for.  The average landscaper will charge anywhere between $15 to $35 per hour.

How can I save money?

Many landscape suppliers will offer a bulk discount if you purchase a certain amount.  For example, some retailers may knock 10 to 20 percent off if you were to buy five tons or more.

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