In the first place, you may ask, what is sand, in a general sense?  Sand is made up of very fine rock and mineral articles.  It can be categorized by both size and texture.  The material composing sand can be different at times, depending on the source, but usually the most regularly found element of sand is silica, and usually coming in second is calcium carbon.

Sand comes in a variety of forms, each ideal for various tasks.  It’s good to know something about the different types and what will work best for your needs.

  • Pit sand is primarily used for concrete projects.  It is identified as a coarse sand and usually ranges in colour from red to orange.
  • River sand is taken from rivers and is different from pit sand, in that it is fine.  This sand can be used for many things for your construction project, especially for plastering.
  • Sea sand comes from shores and is usually a brown colour.  It is not good for construction projects due to its salt content.

Sands can be divided up depending on their construction purposes.

  • Brick Sand– This is as one could guess, made for masonry.
  • Plaster Sand– This is for plastering projects.
  • Concrete Sand– Again, rather self-explanatory—this sand is used with concrete.

Realizing that one size and type does not fit all for your sand needs is very important.  This short blog has given you a basic understanding of the kinds of sands available to you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us today at Flesherton Concrete Products.