3 Uses for Sand in Construction


Sand is a commonly used material in construction. Sand is a material composed of weathered pieces of stone, usually silica. It is the size of the material that designates it as sand. Size-wise, sand falls between silt and gravel. There are a number of different kinds of bulk sand available and a range of applications for sand in the construction field.

3 Common Uses for Sand in Construction

Bulk sand is an important component of many construction projects. The type of sand you need will depend on the parameters of your project.

1. Component in Creating Cement and Concrete

Sand is one of the base ingredients in creating cement and concrete. Cement is made by combining sand with limestone, clay, and adding shale. Combine these components, heat, and once they break back down, they become a binding agent. Add water and more sand to make a mortar for brick work and other types of masonry work. By adding gravel to this mixture, you now have concrete for building roads and bridges. 

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2. Backfill Sand

Sand is a valuable fill product on a construction job site. It is especially valuable in wet environments due to the fact that it doesn’t absorb water as readily as most soils.  For this reason, contractors use it for sand mounds and around septic tanks.

Sand’s strength and compatibility make it an excellent choice for use as backfill for retaining walls and as bedding sand for plumbing, electrical work, and gas pipelines.

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3. Base Material

Sand is a popular choice as a base material in many construction projects. Patio construction projects often feature sand as a base under paver stones. This is because sand drains well and is compactible. Sand is also useful as an additive for soil amendment needs, such as loosening clay content in the soil.

Sand is a base material in many outdoor projects such as golf courses, volleyball courts, and playgrounds. The fact that sand does drain well makes it a popular choice in pond areas and water feature projects.

It is important to understand the differences in the types of sand available to ensure you choose the one that meets the needs of your project. Sand differs in size, mineral make up, and ability to absorb moisture among other characteristics.

If you need more information on choosing the right type of bulk sand for your construction project contact Lammon Brothers at (419)-825-5956. We can match you to the right product and deliver it to your site.