Editor's PickForexA Closer Look at Aggregates

January 31, 2022

“Aggregates” is a broad term used to describe granular materials commonly used in construction.

Some of the most common aggregates include grit, sand, limestone, gravel, decorative stone chippings, granite, and more. These materials are sold and purchased in large batches and are intended for the purpose of construction projects.

Aggregates have a wide range of uses in the construction industry. Hence, you should be aware of where different types of aggregates are best used. This article provides information on one of the most widely used loose aggregates in the building industry: sand.

Different Uses Of Different Types Of Sand

Building Sand

Sand is essential to mix mortars – which means high-quality building sand is crucial to the success of any construction project, especially at the initial stage. Sand is mixed with cement and water to make bricklaying mortar. We have 25kgs and bulk bag options for you to choose from.

Building Sand Features

. Finely graded

. Multi-purpose

. Red

Grit Sand

Grit sand is coarse and sharper and is ideal for block paving, floor screeds, or laying under flagstones. This material comes in a slightly larger grain size compared to other types of sand and is slightly heavier. This sand is ideal for general landscaping use and mixing concrete, particularly in areas that are exposed to water. We stock both 25kg and bulk bag options.

Grit Sand Features

. Coarsely graded

. Ideal base for paving, artificial grass, as well as flagging

. Brown

Dry Pavior Sand

Dry pavior sand is also known as block filling or paver sand. It’s a type of kiln-dried silica sand that’s commonly used to fill the joints between paving slabs to allow a tight and close bond. Dry pavior sand contains silicon dioxide.

Paver sand is a fine type of sand that is used to prevent the appearance of unsightly weeds that are sprouting up in your patio or driveway. We stock both 25kg bags and bulk bags.

Dry Pavior Sand Features

. Used in block paving

. Finely graded

. Kiln-dried

Plastering Sand

Plastering sand is clean washed river sand that is specially used for plastering and rendering use. It is also known as Leighton sand – which is the name of the quarry where a vast majority of this type of sand is found. We stock both 25kg and bulk bag options.

Plastering Sand Features

. Finely graded sand

. Great for rendering as well as plastering

. Red

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