Building sand, also known as soft sand, river sand or builders’ sand, is an aggregate widely used and appreciated in construction and hard landscaping due to its’ universal and functional properties.
Building sand is extracted from quarries or by marine dredging. It is made from distinguishable fine and even particles of silica quartz, coral, shell and minerals, which is essential while creating mortar.
This aggregate is mainly used in bricklaying but can be adapted for other applications like pointing applications, rendering, block and concrete paving and general building and landscaping use.- Bricklaying:
Building sand, also called soft sand, is suitable for bricklaying. Its characteristic softness and small and regular particles make this aggregate an essential ingredient for making mortar (mixed with cement and water). It makes the binder more flexible, which allows an effortless and smooth application.- Building:
Builders’ sand is commonly used to add extra weight, bulkiness and strength while mixed with asphalt or cement. Thanks to its’ characteristic softness, building sand is excellent for many applications like making fine grade plaster, pointing, mentioned above bricklaying and while producing precast concrete such as concrete blocks and concrete pavers.- Landscaping:
Although building sand is not necessarily designated while laying block pavers, it is commonly used during the finishing stages of slab laying to fill gaps between pavers. This helps in locking and stabilizing individual slabs and prevents them from shifting.
Damp sand won’t be easy to brush in between the pavers or blocks, so we suggest finishing your paving or block paving project in sunny and dry weather.- Gardening:
Building sand can also be used while gardening. Mixing building sand with soil improves the water and air movement within the soil.
Features & benefits:- Consistent quality and colour.
- Can be utilised in a variety of applications including bricklaying mortar.
- Suited for landscaping and building applications.