Understanding the different types of sand

7th January 2018
Understanding the different types of sand

Understanding the diverse types of sand can be confusing for someone approaching it for the first time. However, understanding the different types of sand and their properties will lead to a more successful project. We discuss the essential differences between our sand products and their common uses.

Building sand

Building sand is even in grittiness and is used as an essential ingredient for mixing mortar, so having quality building sand is an essential part of the construction process. Most commonly used for bricklaying, when mixed with water and cement it creates bricklaying mortar which will allows you to fuse the bricks together. We supply a range of building sand products and can help you decide on the one right for your project.


Washed sand

The ‘washed’ refers to the process by which clay, silt and dust are removed from the sand before it is left to drain. Washed sand refers to the process, so it can come in a range of grittiness and have a range of uses.

General washed sand is great for rendering and external plastering, while double washed sand which has had all contaminants removed, is ideal for use in children’s playpits, long jump pits and gold bunkers. We can help you choose the right washed sand to meet your requirements.

Washed Grit

Washed grit, sometimes otherwise known as sharp sand, features larger pieces of aggregate that are jagged in shape. It is effective for mixing concrete, floor screed, and for making a tough (but less workable) mortar, which makes it good for block paving and flag stones.

We are the leading supplier of sand in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. To find out more about our full range of sand products,  contact our team today on 01258 857465 or take a look at our special offers!

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