Different types of sand used for building

Building sand is a material that’s been around for a long time now and plays a crucial role in most construction projects. It is mostly used in concrete mix, filling applications and plastering. Knowing what type of sand to use for your project is important as it will help you avoid functional and foundational issues throughout your project.

This article explores a few types of building sand available to the market as well as their applications. Once you know what type of sand you need for your construction project, get in touch with us and we’ll help you meet your building sand needs.


Concrete sand

Concrete sand is a versatile and coarse substance often made from gneiss, trap rock, granite, or limestone. As its name suggests, it is the ideal sand to use for cement or hot asphalt mix. Concrete sand can also be used as a levelling base layer for patios or above-ground pools.


Crushed stone sand

Also known as fine aggregated sand or M sand, this type of sand looks and feels like gravel. The only difference is that crushed stone sand is made by crushing and mixing natural minerals such as granite, limestone or basalt rock.

Crushed stone sand can be used for road construction and is widely known as a low-cost, high-value substance for construction companies. It can also be used as an alternative for river sand and can be used for plastering mortar mix.


River sand

River sand is a fine quality sand that is collected from riverbanks, it shouldn’t be confused with beach sand. It is brownish in colour and has exceptional moisture absorption qualities. This makes it the perfect sand to use when you need to improve a structure’s integrity.


Utility sand

This is a coarse sand that is mainly made from quartz. Utility sand is often used as a base material for concrete; it is also useful as s a fill-in for holes, walls, pipes, and trenches. These applications have earned it the nickname “pipe sand”.


Now that you have a better idea of the types of sands available in the market, get in touch today to find out how we can be the only supplier you need for crushed stone and river sand!



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