Different types of sand explained


Aggregates. It’s a broad term that covers granular materials used in construction: sand, grit, gravel, limestone, granite, right through to various decorative stone and chippings.

These materials tend be bought and sold in large batches, often intended for the purpose of a specific building project. As you’d expect, aggregates have a wide range of uses so it’s important to be aware of where different materials are best utilised, both in construction and as decoration.

This month we’ll be looking closer at one of the most widely used aggregates in the building trade – sand. 

Different sand; different uses 

Building sand

Sand is an essential component when it comes to mixing mortars, which means trade quality building sand is absolutely crucial as part of the initial construction stage. Mix with cement and water to make bricklaying mortar.

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Grit sand

This is a coarse, sharper sand ideal for floor screeds, block paving or laying under flagstones. Grit sand has a slightly larger grain size than other types of sand, which means it’s also slightly heavier. Perfect for mixing concrete and general landscaping use, particularly in areas exposed to water

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Dry Pavior sand

Also known as ‘Paver’ or ‘Block Filling’ sand, this kiln dried silica sand is commonly used to fill joints between paving slabs, enabling a close and tight bond. It actually contains silicon dioxide, hence the name. This is a fine sand that can also help to prevent the appearance of any unsightly weeds that may be sprouting up on your front drive or patio.

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Plastering sand

This is a clean, washed river sand that’s specifically intended for rendering and plastering use. It’s also known as Leighton sand by some, a reference to the quarry where a vast quantity of this type of sand is found.

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If you’d like to speak to one of the team, please get in touch at sales@georgehill.co.uk, give us a ring on 0161 627 2020 or leave a comment below…

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