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Let’s Talk About Aggregates: All Sand is NOT the Same

Here in Florida, you don’t have to go very far to find sand. It’s everywhere, from beaches to playgrounds, backyards, and public parks. Sand is also one of our “frequent flyer” materials, and we haul it throughout the state on a daily basis. But what if we told you that all sand is NOT created equal? That’s right, the sand you need will vary from project to project, and we can help you decide what will work best. Here’s an insight into the types of sand we haul.

A3 Sand

A3 sand is likely what you think of when you think of sand. It’s the sand you’d find at the beach and in other everyday settings. Because we truck materials for a lot of dune replenishment projects and storm recovery efforts, we haul tons and tons of A3 throughout the year. This fast-draining, fine-particulate sand helps protect our natural coastlines and makes a pretty great sandcastle. Just add water!

Screening Sand

Screening sand is a bit coarser than the A3 sand, and it’s more of a “project sand.” While you could use it for a small beachfront on your property, this sand is much better suited as a leveling and base material for items like flagstone walkways or other steppingstone-type applications because it has some small gravel mixed in. You could use it to level large planters or create a base for statuary in your garden. Screening sand drains well and doesn’t erode or wash away as easily as A3.

Paver Sand

Paver sand is the next sand in our trucking family; it’s a step up in coarseness from screening sand. Paver sand is a terrific choice for leveling and providing a base for larger projects like building a patio or laying a concrete or cement sidewalk. Like screening sand, this sand is a mixture of sand and gravel, and it would not be suitable for beaches. On its own, it can be used to line garden walkways or other paths, but careful consideration for erosion should be taken.

Concrete Sand

Concrete sand is sand suited for more industrial uses. This sand is often made up of granite, gneiss, and/or limestone and can be used as part of a concrete mixture or on its own. Common uses for concrete sand include leveling large project areas, setting stone walkways or pavers, and keeping fixtures in place, like pipes or conduits. Despite its coarseness, concrete sand drains well and homogenizes seamlessly with Florida’s diverse native soils.

Still Not Sure Which You Need?

If you’re still unsure which sand would be best for your project, we can help! We’ve got friendly, experienced office staff that know their sand. Once you’ve chosen the type and quantity for your job, they’ll connect with a supplier to get you the best quality materials at a price that fits your budget, so you know you’ll always get the greatest value for your dollar. Then our dispatchers take over, directing one of our over 1,000 drivers to pick up and deliver your materials to you when you need them. We truck 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that your materials get delivered on time, every time. We’re just a click away, so get in touch today to get started!