Cost to Install River Sand

Updated: March 2018

River Sand Installation CalculatorZip Code
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River Sand Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Washed, graded river sand for landscaping applications. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
6 tons$64.82$39.10
River Sand Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to install river sand with favorable site conditions. Distribute and level crushed sand to uniform thickness of roughly 2". Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
6 tons$64.82$39.10
River Sand Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install river sand including: basic soil amendments and treatments.
6 tons$64.82$39.10
River Sand Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: 100 # wheelbarrow, shovels and landscapers spreading rakes. Daily rental. Consumables extra.
6 tons$64.82$39.10
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
Totals - Cost To Install River Sand   
Average Cost per Ton  
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For a basic project in zip code 47474 with 6 tons, the cost to Install River Sand starts at $64.08 - $95.22 per ton. Actual costs will depend on job size, conditions, size options.

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Cost to Install River Sand - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS!

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for River Sand Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small River Sand Installation jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the River Sand Installation. Add 13% to 22% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Install River Sand - Unit Price References

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