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Pile of Shingle (10-20mm)


Topsoil delivered to your home in small or large quantities

Quality landscaping products designed and manufactured to the highest standard to make your garden not only beautiful but affordable. Simply choose your desired products from our extensive range and we will deliver straight to your door through bulk bag or loose load.

Commercial / Landscaping / Retail

Fast, easy delivery for your commercial project

For our commercial customers we offer our full range of products in bulk. We offer several different delivery options for our commercial customers ranging from a single bulk bag to artic deliveries. Our clients include local authorities, house builders, commercial landscape contractors & the environment agency.

Gravel vs. Shingle: What’s The Difference?

Shingle and gravel are words often used synonymously. 

However, there are some key dissimilarities you need to know between these two aggregates. Each type has different shapes, formation circumstances and applications, meaning there’s more to differentiate shingle and gravel than might you think. 

So let’s explore. 

What is gravel? 

Gravel refers to fragments of rock that have either been formed naturally by erosion, or by man-made means such as crushing stones sourced from quarries. The latter has a typically more rough appearance than the former. 

What is gravel used for? 

Because of its robust nature, gravel is typically used for practical applications in landscaping and construction endeavours, such as for ballast, laying roads, building driveways and pathways, or as an ingredient in concrete. 

Depending on the appearance of the gravel, it can also be used for decorative purposes such as in borders. Additionally, it has superb drainage properties. 

What is shingle? 

Shingle generally refers to rounded fragments of stone that are thinner at one end than the other, and may be more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than gravel. 

What is shingle used for? 

Due to its more attractive appearance than gravel, shingle is typically used for decorative applications such as driveways, paths, borders and bedding. It can also be used for more practical purposes such as plant insulation, prevention of soil erosion, and drainage. 

What are the differences between shingle and gravel? 

Shingle and gravel are both aggregates typically used for construction and landscaping projects. 

There are three key differences between shingle and gravel that you should know: 

  • Size: Generally, gravel pieces are larger than shingle pieces. 
  • Shape: Shingle also tends to be more rounded in appearance than gravel, while gravel tends to be more angular. 
  • Application: Shingle is often more attractive than gravel, and so is more commonly used in decorative applications, while gravel tends to be used in practical applications that require durability. However, each can be used for both practical and decorative purposes. 

You may have also heard the terms pea gravel and pea shingle be used. Is there any difference between these two? 

What is the difference between pea gravel and pea shingle? 

Unlike gravel and shingle which are different, pea gravel and pea shingle refer to the same thing. 

Pea shingle or gravel is simply smaller, more rounded gravel or shingle, usually naturally formed as a result of weathering near water bodies. It often has the appearance of the gravel or shingle you would see on a beach, coming in a variety of beautiful natural colours. Pea shingle is used in drainage and decorative applications. 

Searching for high-quality aggregates in Kent and beyond? Look no further than Chargrace Soils. With prompt delivery and a huge range of landscaping materials available in any volume, we make it easy for your project to get started. If you’re unsure of what you need or how much, just get in touch with our team.  

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