Limestone Rip Rap
Give Shorelines a Suit of Armor
Lakes and river shorelines may not experience the kind of tidal forces an ocean beach would, but rain, floods, and currents can eat away at a shoreline if it is not protected.
Large, angular, durable limestone boulders and rocks are used to form a seawall that protects property and homes. The secret is that not any rock will do. Crushed limestone is an abundant material that has the strength to absorb energy from currents, water runoff, and waves while simultaneously channeling it away from vulnerable areas. Rip rap is also used to build jetties that act as a breakwater for currents to protect boat launches, swimming areas, and fishing docks.
Pontotoc limestone rip rap sizes are important to engineering shore protection that avoids erosion and loss of property. Our crushed limestone aggregates and limestone rip rap shore protection are available in a variety of sizes from 3-inch rocks to boulders. We also offer crushed rock and screenings to complete any shoreline erosion strategy.
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From our quarry in Pontotoc Oklahoma, we are in a perfect position to provide the limestone boulders you need for your next commercial or residential project. Give us a call and tell us what you need—we are sure we can deliver.
Depending on the region, rip rap goes by many names, including armoring, rock armor, or revetment. Despite the moniker, the purpose is the same. Large stones have been used to protect shorelines from erosion and harsh weather conditions while minimizing negative environmental impacts to natural areas.
Water is a constant threat to soil, and coastal erosion can cause loss of property and reduce natural areas to the point where they pose a flood risk. Erosion takes place when water runoff from rain or tides pulls soil away from shorelines. Storms and floods speed this process up. A simple and effective way to prevent this erosion is through a protective layer. With the right engineering and durable materials, an armored shoreline can last generations. While large boulders absorb energy from waves and tides, smaller rocks divert water away.
Installing a rip rap shoreline is much more than just dumping limestone along the shoreline. The shore must first be graded to create a stable, compact surface. Then a layer of gravel is placed before a bottom layer of large anchor stones. Smaller rock is used between the large boulders to create a channel. This creates a solid suit of armor around the shoreline where water can’t touch the soil and, therefore, won’t cause soil to erode away from the shore. An effective rip rap layer requires heavy machinery to lift and spread the rock and a team of coastal engineering experts to design and supervise rip rap installation.
At Pontotoc, safety is vital. Our crushed limestone quarrying procedures are controlled by industry best practices and mine safety regulations that protect our employees and the surrounding area.