Also known as ‘soft sand’, building sand is generally used for bricklaying or any other application where mortar joints are required. i.e. between slabs.
Sharp sand is 0-4mm in size and is a course, gritty sand. It is generally used as a bed for slabs or block pavoirs. It can also be used for screed in a new house or house extension.
Ballast is 20mm in size down to 1mm and is generally mixed with cement to make concrete.
Type 1 MOT Hardcore Stone
There are two types of Type 1 MOT Stone – Granite and Limestone. The Type 1 we stock and deliver is granite, and is normally pink or grey in colour. The aggregate contains a maximum aggregate size of 40mm, but includes smaller sizes of stone down to ‘dust’. This material when compacted is ideal for use as a hardcore base underneath driveways, patios, and oversites in new buildings or house extensions etc.
Also commonly known as Driveway Gravel this material is generally 20-25mm in size, but also contains some finer granules as well. When using this on a driveway it should only be used for finishing or for decorative purposes on top of a well compacted hardcore base of Type 1 MOT or Type 1 Alternative. It can also be used on pedestrian areas, where a hardcore base is not always required, or it can be used in gravel borders.
10mm Gravel / Pea Shingle
10mm Gravel, or ‘pea gravel’ is generally used for pipe bedding as a surround for underground drainage pipes. It can also be used as a decorative gravel. But beware!… If used on a driveway 10mm gravel will fit between the tyre treads on a car, which will result in the material being taken out onto and spilt all over the road. It will also fit in the grips on the soles of your shoes… especially not advisable if you have wooden floors as they are likely to become scratched this way!
Cotswold Gravel Chippings 20mm*
Cotswold Chippings 20mm is a more expensive alternative to standard 20mm driveway gravel. Cotswold chippings are a premium product, ideal for use where appearance is key. As well as for use on driveways, Cotswold Chippings can be used not just on driveways but also on pathways and other pedestrian areas. Remember when preparing a driveway to install a firm hardcore base first made out of Type 1 MOT.