Aggregates & How to Use Them

If you’re not actively involved in the construction industry, you likely don’t often hear the word ‘aggregates.” Many overlook aggregates because they don’t know how crucial they are to the functionality of everyday life. After all, unlike other materials, aggregates are not glamorous or appealing to most because they are rocks. 
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Yet, many people don’t realize that aggregates are the building blocks of society. Without aggregates, the world’s structural growth would not be where it is today. To put it into perspective, aggregates have been used since the time of the Roman Empire in building and construction. 

Without aggregates, we would not have parking lots, roadways, highways, railways, structures, or airport runways because they are the key ingredients in manufacturing mortar, concrete, and other building materials. In our article, the team at Delta Aggregate wants to share what aggregates are and how to use them so that you understand why they are essential. 

What Are Aggregates?

Aggregate is an interchangeable term used to describe various granular building materials. You might recognize aggregates like sand, gravel, crushed rock, and stone. 

There are also variously recycled aggregates that are used in the construction industry. Additionally, whether or not an aggregate is classified as fine or course will depend on its size. Sand is a fine aggregate, while rocks are coarse aggregates unless crushed. 

What Are The Different Types Of Aggregates?

Now that you know what aggregates are, it’s time to look at the different types and what they are. You can speak to an expert at Delta Aggregate if you need aggregates for a project. We specialize in all types of aggregates. 

  • Recycled Aggregates

As their name suggests, recycled aggregates are made from recycled concrete. They are created by reusing and reprocessing materials often found at renovation sites, demolitions, and construction and building sites. 

  • Natural Aggregates

Natural aggregates are exactly what their name implies. These aggregates are naturally occurring sand and gravel. Natural aggregates can also be manufactured or crushed sand and stone that has been created through the crushing of naturally occurring bedrock. 

  • Decorative Aggregates

It might be challenging to believe, but decorative aggregates do exist. These aggregates are only used for decorative purposes, primarily for landscape projects. Yet, these decorative stones are also used to create functional and ornamental areas at homes and businesses because they are versatile. 

For example, you will likely see decorative aggregates (stones and sand) on footpaths, as plant borders and rockeries. Like with construction aggregates, there is a wide range to choose from. This type of aggregate comes in many colors and sizes, from cobbles and pebbles to plum slate chippings. 

  • Crushed Or Quarry Aggregates

Crushed or quarry aggregates are made by crushing boulders, cobbles, or quarry rock. The type of quarried aggregates available for projects differs based on geographical location. This is because where these materials are found may affect their classification or grading. Luckily, crushed or quarried aggregates are readily available.

How Are Aggregates Used?

As we mentioned, aggregates are used to create airport runways, highways, parking lots, pavements, and builds. Yet, this isn’t all they are used for since they can be used for various applications and projects across construction, landscaping, and other industries. 

For example, aggregates can be used in concrete to make concrete mixes significantly more compact. In addition, various aggregates can be used for drainage and building roads, bridges, and foundations.

As you can see, many different aggregates are used for various projects across different industries. If you have a project that requires aggregates, you should consider speaking with the experts at Delta Aggregates. We can help you determine and find the aggregates you need to complete your project. Give us a call at (815) 791-8377 to speak with our Florida team.

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