What is Ballast Rock Used For?

Ballast rock, which can also be called ballast stones, is a stone material that is primarily used in the construction of railroads, but also serves other useful construction purposes. The purpose of ballast rock is to provide stability while also allowing for easy drainage. Our 2-3” ballast stone is ideal for this type of construction. The nature of this stone aggregate allows for the weight of heavy loads to be evenly distributed. With ballast rock, you won’t run into the problem of “soft” areas because of moisture or rain water. The properties of this coarse rock also discourage plant growth from occurring, making it more difficult for vegetation to damage railways or other pathways. Traditionally, a “ballast” was a heavy object in the hold of a ship that maintained its stability in rough waves, hence its usage in this context; it provides stability and dependability in the most demanding of environments.

What is Ballast Rock Made Of?

Most ballast rock is an aggregate or mixture of these types of rock:

  • Granite
  • Trap rock
  • Quartzite
  • Dolomite
  • Limestone

Please contact us if you would like to know the specific stones that comprise our current ballast rock supply. We use only the highest quality rock in our ballast aggregate!

Purchase Ballast Rock In Bulk or As Much As You Need

When your construction project needs ballast rock, you can trust MJS Materials to provide you with what you need! No matter the quantity of rock that you need, we guarantee timely on-site delivery of ballast rock. We have a large fleet of haulers and loaders, and we can get to you promptly! If you have any other questions regarding the ballast rock that we supply, please contact us! We look forward to working with you to get your job done right.