What is Rip Rap?

Rip rap is an aggregate that is used in the roughest of conditions. It is engineered so that it can withhold erosion, slope stability, and channel flow. This stone provides a very durable and natural looking option.

Where & How to Use Rip Rap?

Rip rap is used whenever a shoreline or structure is continuously exposed to rushing water. Property can be lost due to erosion when infrastructure such as bridges and roadways are damaged. Preventing this erosion with rip rap helps keep the public safe. Although it may seem easy to pile rocks where rushing water is present, there is a lot of thought and engineering that go into the process. Melgaard Construction can help you determine where and how to place the rip rap so that you receive the best possible outcome.

Choosing a Size

Melgaard Construction can manufacture rip rap in the size that is most suitable for your needs. It is essential to understand that each dimension is designed for different tasks. Rip rap can range in size anywhere from 4 inches to over 2 feet.


Size 4"-5" Rip Rap

4"-5" is the smallest size that rip rap is available in. Possible tasks for this size of rock is helping prevent soil erosion in areas with small slopes and drainage areas. Along with this, the foundation is also blocking weeds from being able to grow there. This size of rip rap is also often used as a base in driveways and gravel parking lots.


Size 6"-9" Rip Rap

Being the most popular size of rock, rip rap between 6"-9" is excellent for a variety of projects. Because of its heavy weight and large scale, it can be used to reinforce the banks of ponds, rivers, and lakes along with controlling the erosion. These stones are bulky in size making them difficult to walk across. Cities and property owners take advantage of this to keep pedestrians away from conditions such dangerous currents alongside a river.


Size 9"-9" Rip Rap

9"-9" rip rap is the most effective in protecting shorelines against erosion. It can also be used to restore banks. Large holes or ditches might also be filled with this size of stone.

Contact Melgaard Construction today at (307) 687-1600 if you have a project in Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, or Colorado that requires rip rap. 

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