All Arkansans know that no matter the time of year, we are never safe from random flash floods. They are inconvenient for everyone and can be devastating for property owners with buildings located under large hills. And if the property is adjacent to a shoreline, creek line, or large drainage ditch, erosion can literally carry the property away if it’s not protected.

Arkansas Aggregates is Arkansas’ leading provider of aggregate construction materials, and since 2005, has helped property owners control erosion with armor stone, rip rap rock, and fill rock. We are always a phone call away when you have questions, and here are a few of the basics of protecting your property from erosion and water damage:

Determine your areas of need – Rip rap is the term for large rocks or pieces of concrete rubble used to stabilize a shoreline or hillside from erosion. You should start by shoring up hillsides, ditches, and waterfronts, but rip rap is a versatile product that can also be used to anchor pilings and bridge abutments, and maintain the shape of manmade streambeds and water features.

Select your rock products – Our rock materials are comprised of locally mined Nepheline Syenite, a mineral with visible characteristics of granite, the predominant material used in the region. And if you are interested in a more finished look that will add rustic beauty to your property, we also cut armor stone to order.

Determine the sufficient quantity – A dump truck full of rip rap is a lot of product, but it looks like much less once it’s unloaded and distributed. That is why we recommend determining the recommended rip rap gradation for the area, and ordering accordingly for the square footage that you need to cover. Gradation recommendations help you determine the volume and range of sizes that will lock together and provide the overall density that you need to protect the area from the long term effects of rain, wind, and ice.

Water is one of our most important natural resources, but it can also be one of the most destructive if you do not take the necessary precautions. The good news is that our specialists are standing by to help you keep your property safe, and no order is too large or too small! Start your order now by clicking on this link, or give us a call at (501) 520-0551.