Rock N Dirt Yard’s masonry sand is created in the same way as concrete sand but is crushed finer. It is also created at the quarry by crushing granite, gneiss, limestone or trap rock then washing it though screens to ensure the uniformity of the grains.
It can be used in cement, particularly for projects like swimming pools and concrete paving stones where the finer grain gives a more finished appearance. Its finer texture also makes it an acceptable replacement for beach sand in applications like sand volleyball courts.
The difference between a pool crafted in masonry sand versus one made using concrete sand will be noticeable to a layman. This makes it a more attractive choice over lesser kinds of sand. Its fine appearance makes it suitable for patio stones or other projects in which beauty is a key factor.
Some builders prefer masonry sand over concrete sand even for projects in which design is a lesser factor that versatility. This is due to masonry sand’s versatility and ease of use.
One surprising use of masonry sand is in playground projects. Parents and guardians who wish to construct a sandbox or other play area in which the sand itself will be used often opt for masonry sand. While white sand or beach sand can be more attractive than masonry sand when viewed in direct sunlight, its versatility and lifespan – as well as its affordable cost compared to other types of sand – make it a perennially popular choice.
The simplest way to think about masonry sand is as a middle ground between concrete sand and white sand. It is finer than the former while being cheaper than the latter. As such, it is commonly considered the most versatile type of sand, and suitable for nearly all projects that do not call for a specific type of sand exclusively.