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A guide to our sand aggregates… Sharp sand vs building sand & many more

Whether you’re a small business, a large contractor or a homeowner doing some home improvements, it’s important that you purchase the right sand for the job. One of the questions we get asked is around which sand is best for which job and the benefits of each type. This article should give you all the information you need. 

Building sand

As the name suggests, this sand is generally used in construction projects by builders, however, we do also provide this sand to homeowners across Dorset too. 

You are likely to purchase this sand if you are bricklaying. The building sand that AMS provide is of very high quality and gives a smooth finish, which makes it particularly suitable for pointing. 

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Washed sharp sand 

Also known as ‘Grit’, this sand has a multitude of uses, it can be added to other aggregates to make Ballast useful in making concrete, It can also be added to cement to make mortar or it can just be left as it is, and used as a bedding for block paving projects.

The difference between this sand and building sand is that it contains a higher volume of larger particles and is more gritty in consistency. 

Washed sharp sand is a cheaper alternative than building sand and is used for those less decorative jobs. Being a courser material, it is not as friendly to work with as the finer building sand but as the particles are slightly larger it creates a stronger mix when mixed with cement. 

Sharp washed sand is used in the following:

  1. Flooring screeds 
  2. Laying block paving
  3. Added to soil blends to create better drainage 

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Medium washed sand

This is our most general use sand aggregate as it is suitable for many projects, including: 

  • Pipe bedding
  • Cable laying
  • Horse ménages
  • General sand fill. 

Our medium washed sand has great drainage properties and is very fine. When mixed with water to create mortar it is a very high strength product. Our medium washed sand goes through a very stringent cleaning and quality control process. 

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Cattle bedding sand 

Ideal as an animal bedding sand, we provide many farmers across Dorset with this product. This sand reduces dust and stores fewer bacteria, offering more comfort for your animals. We manufacture this product so it’s very fine, which lends it to keeping cattle cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 

Cattle bedding sand is not only more comfortable for your cattle (meaning happier cows) but it’s an affordable choice, and highly competitive when compared to other bedding products such as straw, sawdust or woodchip, none of which have as many benefits as sand.  

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Ready to purchase sand aggregates?

Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into what the differences are between sharp sand vs building sand and the other sand aggregates we have to offer. If you would like more information, our team will be on hand to answer your questions. 

If you would like to order any of the sand aggregates mentioned, click on the links above, or you view all available aggregates by clicking the links below. 

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Buy loose aggregates >> 

Give our team a call on 01202 579 579 for more information.

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