What are Washed Sands and How are They Used?


washed sands

Washed sands are a crucial component of construction.

Sand is an essential part of any development project. It’s used in concrete and asphalt, to level patios and walkways, or even to form protective sand dunes on beaches. But did you know there are different kinds of sands used for different applications? Even things like concrete and mortar use sand for similar purposes, but the sands are manufactured in different ways. Here are a few different types of washed sands, how they’re made, and their common uses.

Concrete Sand

Common in, you guessed it, concrete and asphalt, concrete sand is first mined from the ground, screened and washed with water to remove the fine silt and any natural contaminates. Concrete sand is made into actual concrete by mixing it with water and cement. It is then ready to pour and smooth out before putting on the finishing touches. Asphalt is made in much the same way, but is heated to drive out any moisture, mixed with crushed stone and coated with asphalt.   

Masonry Sand

Masonry sand is made by the same process as concrete sand but is sifted through a finer screen. to make sure the grains are as similar as possible. Masonry sand is made into mortar in the same way concrete sand is made into concrete. The sand is mixed with water and cement, and then used as a binding agent for stones and bricks.  

White Sand

This is the sand that needs to look good. Common uses include sand traps at golf courses, volleyball courts and inland beaches found at lakes. The bright white color and soft texture is a result of using limestone to create the sand. Due to its unique color and texture, white sand is not found in all areas and may need to be imported from other parts of the state.


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