A Guide To Aggregate

Delta Aggregate thought you might be interested to learn more about the various types of aggregate materials. We’ve discussed a lot about Rip Rap lately and what it can do to defend your property from erosive water forces, but now let’s focus on some other natural resources that can be harnessed for landscaping purposes.

A guide to aggregate by Delta Aggregate

Aggregate is a coarse-to-medium grain landscaping material with several usages. Here are some common examples of aggregate:


One of the most common substances on the entire earth is sand. You’ve probably heard that it can be refined to make glass, but that’s far from its only purpose. There are many kinds of sand such as mason sand, screened sand, and concrete sand. If you wish to address issues with your pavement (cracks, prevent shifting, etc.), concrete sand is a terrific way to do it. It’s great for paths, patios, and outdoor seating areas. Mason sand is what you find in volleyball courts, children’s playgrounds, and other sandboxes. This is the finer kind that won’t be as abrasive against your skin.

Processed Stone

Processed and crushed stone come from the same materials, but processed stone is the product of mixing crushed stone and sand together. It also goes great on patios, driveways, and walkways. They vary in size from less than an inch all the way to three inches in size.

Crushed Stone

You can create crushed stone with big machines that break down bigger rocks into smaller, finer ones. There are a lot of different sizes, but the larger ones are great for drainage replacement and mulch. Lots of people use it for gardening and decorative purposes too.


The waste that comes from construction projects is called fill. There are three types: clean, common, and silt. Clean fill is whenever you can determine that it has no obvious contaminants. It gets used to address bare patches in backyards or gardens. Common fill is composed of topsoil, dirt, and rocky subsoil. It’s best used for patchwork like leveling surfaces or filling holes. Silt fill is made from smaller particles and is often used to prevent water penetration.

As you can see, there are lots of ways to take very simple aggregate and use them to address problems on your property. When in doubt on how best to use these materials, always consult a professional. That’s why Delta Aggregate is here to help you with a variety of services: no project is too big or too small. If you would like to learn more about how we use these kinds of materials in our service projects, call us at 815-791-8377 or send us a message.

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