Using a gravel calculator is an ideal way to accurately plan your inventory needs for larger-scale projects, and to make sure you purchase just the right amount of gravel for one-off jobs.
Understanding how these handy online tools work is essential to harnessing their power to help you save money and maximize your budget.
What Is a Gravel Calculator?
A gravel calculator is an online tool that allows you to enter known information regarding your project, such as the surface area you need to cover and the depth to fill it.
Once you’ve filled in these fields, the calculator will automatically determine the volume of gravel you need to buy to complete your project.
Online gravel calculators are widely available for instant use, free of cost or obligation.
Benefits of Using a Gravel Calculator
The primary benefit of using a gravel calculator is that it allows you to plan your inventory needs quickly and accurately. You’ll be able to proceed with your job secure that you have enough gravel on hand to finish it, and without worrying that you’ve purchased too much.
To that end, a gravel calculator can also help you save money. You’ll avoid overstocking your supply, leaving you with excess gravel that you have no immediate purpose for.
Similarly, you won’t have to scramble to buy more gravel at the last minute, which could come at a premium if you’re forced to use a different supplier than you’re used to, or if you have to pay extra for rush delivery.
Finally, gravel calculators are convenient. Because you won’t have a lot of leftover supply, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to store a large volume of excess material.
They also help construction projects proceed on schedule, which can be a boon to contractors looking to enhance their reputations for getting jobs done in a timely manner.
How Do I Use a Gravel Calculator?
It’s easy to use gravel calculators. Begin by determining the length and width of the area to be covered, and the depth to which you need to fill it.
Pay close attention to units of measurement; most gravel calculators are calibrated to calculate length and width in feet and depth in inches, but this may vary. If necessary, use an online measurement conversion tool.
Once you’ve filled in the required fields, simply click the “calculate” button (or its equivalent) to generate your answer.
From there, you can contact local gravel suppliers to see which of them offers the best price and service terms for the amount of product you need.
What Will a Gravel Calculator Tell Me?
Gravel calculators are designed to tell you how much gravel you will need to complete a project, not how much that gravel will cost.
You’ll have to determine costs on your own by shopping around with various suppliers until you find the right product at the right price.
Note that not all gravel calculators are designed to help you figure out how much gravel you need to fill in oddly shaped areas, or projects being undertaken in complex or nontraditional locations.
For example, if depth measurements vary, or if the surface can’t be measured in linear terms (because it is circular, ovular or irregularly shaped), you may not be able to calculate your material needs with a simple gravel calculator.
In such cases, don’t hesitate to draw on the help of an expert. Find a reputable local gravel supply company and give them a call to discuss your needs in detail.
If they’re worthy of your business, they’ll be more than happy to take the time to talk through your project-specific needs in detail.
Measure twice, order once.
How to run a quick calculation.
- Simply enter the width, length and depth that you need and hit “calculate.”
- Contact us with your estimate to get a quote on your project.
*For all landscaping projects we recommend a minimum depth of 2-3 inches of material.