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Tyne Tees Crushing – What Types of Sand are Used in Construction

If you’ve ever had the chance to visit a construction site, you’ll notice that sand is used in all different parts of the project. From concrete foundations to pebble driveways, sand has many different applications throughout the process.

Sand is an essential part of construction. It’s used as a structural material in concrete, plaster and brick. It should be the right size and shape to fill the gaps between larger rocks in the foundation of your house; it’s also important that the sand you use be free from contaminants like chemicals or bacteria.

But just because sand appears to be a simple, undemanding substance doesn’t mean that there aren’t different types of it—and this can make all the difference when it comes to how well your house stands up against extreme weather conditions, or how easy it is for you to paint over walls without having them crumble away beneath your brushstrokes. 

Want to know more about what types of sand are used and supplied by Tyne Tees Crushing? Then read on!

Sharp Sand

Sharp sand, also known as grit sand, builders’ sand or river sand is a gritty sand with a coarse grain. It’s a versatile product that can be used for all kinds of construction projects. Sharp sand is typically utilised in applications that demand higher strength and less flexibility. It’s perfect for mixing concrete, and it’s widely used for floor screeds and laying paving courses, for example. Sharp sand may be used as a top dressing for lawns, general landscaping, and seed composts in addition to building projects since it allows moisture to circulate.

As Sharp Sand is mainly mined from inland areas away from the coast it does not contain salts that would otherwise allow it to absorb atmospheric moisture and this makes it ideal for use in the building trade where moisture and damp issues need to be avoided.

Fill Sand

Sharp sand, also known as grit sand, builders’ sand or river sand is a gritty sand with a coarse grain. It’s a versatile product that can be used for all kinds of construction projects. Sharp sand is typically utilised in applications that demand higher strength and less flexibility. It’s perfect for mixing concrete, and it’s widely used for floor screeds and laying paving courses, for example. Sharp sand may be used as a top dressing for lawns, general landscaping, and seed composts in addition to building projects since it allows moisture to circulate.

As Sharp Sand is mainly mined from inland areas away from the coast it does not contain salts that would otherwise allow it to absorb atmospheric moisture and this makes it ideal for use in the building trade where moisture and damp issues need to be avoided.

Industrial Sand

Industrial sand is a type of sand that is used in the construction and manufacturing industries. It can be found in everything from glass to cosmetics.

Generally, it’s used to make concrete and other building materials, as well as to make glass and ceramics. 

Industrial sand can be derived from a variety of sources. Some of the most common include quarries, mining, dredging, riverbeds, beaches and other areas where sand is naturally occurring or deposited by wind or water flow.

Industrial sand is used in a wide variety of industries. It serves as the base material for many products, including:

Glass: Sand is ground down into very fine particles and used to make glass.


Ceramics: When mixed with water and heat, industrial sand can be made into ceramics like tableware and tile.


Concrete: Industrial sand makes concrete stronger by increasing its density and allowing it to hold more water when it dries out.

Steel production: The grains of industrial sand are flattened out in a process called milling so that they can be used as an abrasive during steel production. This helps remove impurities from raw materials before they’re melted down into ingots of pure metal for processing into steel products such as pipes or fence posts.

Cable Sand

Cable Sand is a screened sand commonly used for laying cables, conduit, electric wires, and surrounding water pipes, protecting them from damage from larger objects. 

Our crushing activities create cable sand, which is a fine substance. Its size and texture are similar to sharp sand, making it ideal for dressing coarser materials or bedding for block paving or slabs.

Cable sand is an environmentally friendly alternative to concrete that is just as strong while costing less. It’s a good choice for pouring flooring, as it’s durable and can withstand heavy loads. It’s also great for foundations, as the mix has excellent compressive strength and resists cracking. Cable sand is also perfect for slabs in driveways or patios because it provides excellent drainage and improved stability in wet conditions. It’s an ideal material to use when laying steps or footpaths too, as its high compressive strength makes it an ideal material to support foot traffic on your driveway or patio.
At Tyne Tees Crushing & Screening we aim to supply the materials you need to complete construction, paving, landscaping, and other projects successfully and easily. 

In addition to the materials we offer, we can also supply a comprehensive range of equipment along with experienced operators. 

If you’d like to speak to a member of our team, please call us on 01325 808760 or email us at info@tyneteescrushing.co.uk and we’ll do all that we can to help.

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