Granular M or ⅝” minus is the product of choice for driveways, laneways and parking areas and our best seller. It has the right blend of crushed fines with a coarse aggregate that compacts and binds together. Granular A can also be used but is recommended for higher-traffic municipal roads. Granular A is a ⅞” minus product with larger particles that have a tendency to roll to the surface and do not mesh and pack as well as the finer Granular M. This results in issues with snow blowing and snow ploughing and is less desirable to walk on.
We find that Granular M will compact on its own with normal traffic. However, compacting will hold the aggregate in place better and help to mitigate damage from heavy rain, as well as providing a more aesthetic surface. If you are doing a small area, a small walk-behind gas plate packer will work. Ensure it is graded and raked prior, as raking after will be much more difficult. If it is a larger driveway or parking area, packing with a large ride-on roller will put the finishing touches on the driveway. If the material is on a hill, compacting it immediately is highly recommended, even if you have to drive on it several times with a vehicle.
Clear stone products can be used in parking areas. This is more of an aesthetic choice or possibly treating a drainage issue. You can use clear stone in a parking area or driveway, however, you will notice that it is noisier with traffic, more difficult to walk on and more susceptible to damage from snow removal than that of a Granular M or Granular A, that has fine particles and binds together.
If you have a soft area in a road, parking etc., 2” minus is by far the best product to tighten up the area. 2" minus is a ground stone that forms a tighter pack with gravel fines. The larger 2” particles together with the fines create a mesh that binds and will help bridge the soft area. The 2” minus is adequate to drive on temporarily; however, capping with a finer granular product such as Granular M is recommended. It is recommended to place 2” minus with a machine, i.e. skid steers etc., as the material is difficult to shovel.
If the area is exceptionally soft, placing a layer of geotextile down first will help bridge the material and keep the softer substrate material from coming up through into the granular layer. We recommend placing 2” minus over the geotextile. 4” minus is also a recommended product for this application, however we find the 2” minus does a comparable job and is easier to grade and work with. As well, 2” minus offers a better temporary driving surface over 4” minus.
All of our quarries are predominantly dark grey in colour. Some quarries have different tones of greys and colours of reds and pinks blended in. The very trained eye can spot a difference but they are all very similar in appearance after application. We do not manufacture or inventory 100% pink granite.
All of our crushed stone products are Granite and manufactured at our local quarries. Granite is a superior product to Limestone. Limestone will breakdown quicker over time, will create a slimy surface when wet and will track into a house. Granite products will not breakdown, go slimy or track as easily.