Understanding Different Types of Sand

Our team at Flesherton Concrete Products wants to help you make your construction project as successful as possible, and we offer the high-quality materials that you need to do just that. In addition to concrete, we offer a range of other supplies such as gravel and sand, including multiple types of sand such as filter or mason sand. In this article, we’ll go over what these two types of sand are used for, and the differences between them, so you can make the best decision for your project.

  • Filter Sand- As its name suggests, the primary purpose of filter sand is filtration. As water drains through filter sand, debris, dirt particles, and other contaminants will get caught on the sand grains, while the water passes through. This ensures that the water is clean and fresh when it comes out the other side. Filter sand has a very fine texture, with each grain being just half a millimeter in size or smaller. Sand this fine can trap particles of as little as 20 microns in size between its grains, ensuring that the water gets as clean as possible.
  • Mason Sand- Unsurprisingly, mason sand gets its name from its use in masonry work, where it is used . It can be used as a component of concrete, as a paver base, in plastering, and as a groundcover or stabilizer. Although it has a pretty fine grain, it still typically has a coarser texture than other types of sand. If you have questions about whether mason sand is right for your project, we encourage you to reach out to our team.