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What is the difference between: Type 1 Limestone vs Type 1 Recycled

Both Type 1 Limestone and Type 1 Recycled share many of the same qualities. This means that they can quite often be used for similar purposes.

So, if 2 materials can be used for the same purpose, and have similar qualities, how do you know which one to use? In this article we want to discuss how these aggregates are similar and how they are different.

What is Type 1 Limestone?

Type 1 Limestone is a primary aggregate that comes from quarries and won’t have been previously used. This aggregate is made of various size and shaped stones which are 40mm and smaller, so it is easy to compact and can bear heavy weights.

Thanks to this, this aggregate is suitable in the construction of car parks, driveways, motorways and building bases as well as for patios and pathways.

What is Type 1 Recycled?

This is a secondary aggregate as it is made from recycled crushed concrete. Similar to Type 1 Limestone, Type 1 Recycled is also made of various size and shaped stones which are 40mm and smaller so it is also great to be used for the construction of car parks, driveways and pathways.

Similarities of these aggregates

As we have said above both of these aggregates are made up of a range of sized stones, from 40mm to dust. Because of this, it can be compacted easily and can then form a strong sub base, ideal for heavy weight loads.

This is why it is common for these aggregates to be used in car parks, driveways and as a subbase for roads and motorways. With the strength from the material being compacted, they are great to be laid as a sub-base on which you can lay your road, or path down on.

They can also be used on construction sites as access roads, especially handy in winter when sites can get wet and muddy.

While it seems like something obvious to point out, we wanted to mention the fact that both of these product names start with “Type 1”. This is because they both meet a certain standard to do with the size of the materials and levels of dust, and their consistency is the same.

Differences between these aggregates

One of the main differences between these aggregates is that one is a primary and the other is a secondary aggregate. Our Limestone comes from Mendip quarries directly; it is not used before it reaches us and therefore not used before it reaches our customers. However, Type 1 recycled is, as the name suggests, a recycled aggregate meaning that it is made up of other products; in our case, this is crushed concrete.

This will impact the quantity that you are able to get hold of each aggregate. As Limestone is a natural material that is quarried, it can be quite easy to supply large quantities. Whereas it might not be as easy to get hold of a large amount of Type 1 Recycled because it depends on how much concrete has been brought in to be recycled.

While they both hit the same standard to be named as “Type 1” aggregates, only our Type 1 Limestone is highways approved. This means that this is the only aggregate that can be used as a sub-base for public highways and A roads.

Type 1 Recycled doesn’t have this approval, so won’t be used on any public road works. Instead, it is mainly used as a sub-base for domestic projects such as a driveway, or patio, and it can also be used for footpaths.

The final difference to mention will be price. As Type 1 Recycled is produced from materials that have already been used, the cost to make them is usually lower than the cost of quarrying the primary product of Limestone. This means that purchasing Type 1 Recycled will often be cheaper than purchasing Type 1 Limestone.

How do you know which aggregate you need?

Once you know the differences between these two aggregates, you might find it fairly easy to decide which product you need. But if you are still not sure, then here are a few things to consider.

First and foremost you need to think about what you are using the aggregate for. If you are an individual currently looking at renovating a driveway or garden, then the chances are you can use Type 1 Recycled as you don’t need highway approved materials.

You should also consider the quantities you will need and when you will need them too. If you are looking for large quantities, then maybe getting hold of the right amount of Type 1 Limestone will make your project easier and run smoother, rather than struggling to find Type 1 Recycled. However, if you just need a small amount for your DIY project then Type 1 Recycled will be easily accessible.

How AMS can help

We are able to deliver both of these aggregates as a bagged or loose aggregate to your project site. Our bagged aggregates measure approximately 90cm x 90cm x 90cm and hold around 900 Kg of material.

Our bags can be delivered to you on our specialist bagged aggregate truck. This has a hydraulic arm that will maneuver and lower the bag straight into a location that is convenient to you.

If you are looking for a large load of these aggregates, then we can deliver up to 20 tonnes on our tipper trucks.

You can easily order both these aggregates, bagged or loose, on our online shop. Simply select how much you want and pick a date for delivery.

Alternatively, you can come and collect these aggregates from our facility at Canford Recycling Centre. We are open 7am to 5pm on weekdays and 7am to 12pm on Saturdays.

Get in touch

Hopefully you find this article helpful, however, if you still have a question don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert aggregates team.

Give us a call on 01202 579579, or email enquiries@avonmaterialsupplies.co.uk.

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