An Introduction to Scalpings

26th October 2022
An Introduction to Scalpings

Whether you're planning to construct a residential driveway or a large-scale commercial build, choosing the right materials is key to a successful project. There are thousands of different materials you can choose from, and it’s not always easy knowing which will work best for your requirements.

Scapings are one such option. These small, rough stones are ideal for creating level sub-bases for driveways, paths, and patios, making them an excellent choice for a wide variety of building projects.

MB Wilkes is the leading supplier of 40mm scalpings in Dorset. In this guide, we explain where scalpings come from, why they’re useful, and how much you will need for your build.

Already know you need scalpings for your project? Buy high-quality scalpings online today!



What are scalpings?

Scalpings are essentially quarry waste. They are clay-contaminated stones that are removed when larger rocks are screened for quality. Whilst the concept of 'quarry waste' may not sound appealing, scalpings are actually the perfect material for evening out foundations - they are durable, versatile, and plentiful. Their low cost can also help you save significant money on your project.


What are scalpings used for?

Scalpings are largely used as a sub-base material during the construction of car parks, driveways, pathways, and foundations for buildings. They are a cheaper alternative to Type 1 aggregates.

When used in construction, scalpings work well to fill gaps within a bumpy foundation and provide an ideal base for paving and slabs. View our case study to find out how we used scalpings in a recent driveway paving project.

What sizes do scalpings come in?

Scalpings are available in a range of sizes, including 40mm, 75mm and 100mm.

The size of scalpings refers to the size of the holes in the 'sieve' when they are separated from larger rocks at the quarry. The most popular choice is 40mm, as this is the size that best suits the majority of projects, both commercial and residential.


What amount of scalpings will I need?

The amount of scalpings you'll need is dependent on the size of your project. On average, 1 tonne of scalpings will cover 11.4m2 at 50mm thick.

If you’re not sure how much you’ll need, you can use our online calculator before buying.


Where can I buy scalpings in bulk?

At MB Wilkes, we stock fantastic quality scalpings for sale at low prices. We deliver to the entirety of Poole, Bournemouth, and Dorset, and can transport your scalpings in either bulk bags or loose.

No matter the type or scale of your project, we’ll get you what you need without hassle.

Buy scalpings online today!

To find out more about the range of products we offer, from decorative stones to driveway materials, contact our team today on 01258 857465.

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