Farwell's Sharp Sand

Sharp sand is ideal for building work and construction use. Farwell’s builders’ sand is perfect for mortar work and mixing with concrete for a wide range of construction applications.

Supplying Sharp Sand Across Hampshire & Dorset

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Sharp Sand Frequently Asked Questions

Sharp sand is a type of sand with a gritty texture regularly used as a mix-in with concrete. This type of sand is used primarily for construction projects, however, some use sharp sand to combine and blend with various soils as well. Sharp sand is made from quartz, which makes it perfect for laying pavement.
Sharp sand has a gritty texture and is easy to identify when compared to regular, polished sand. Sharp sand is angular and grain-like in appearance, and can even resemble brown sugar when viewed from far away and up close. This type of sand is clumpy and most commonly brown to light brown in colour.
Sharp sand is ideal for building work and construction use due to its gritty and angular composition. Many construction workers use this type of sand since it is perfect for mortar work and mixing with concrete for a wide range of construction applications. Sharp sand can also be used to mix with soil.
When using sharp sand for artificial grass laying, you will need to ensure that you have enough sand to cover the full area of the grass layout. A good rule of thumb to remember is that you will need approximately 80 kilos of sharp sand per square meter, and this will also need to be at a depth of about 50mm.
The main difference between sharp sand and builder’s sand is the texture of the two sands. Sharp sand is typically much more coarse and thicker when compared to the finer granules that make up builder’s sand. Builder's sand is also more rounded and smoothed off when compared to the angular sharp sand texture.
When it comes to using sharp sand on lawns, the main reasons to apply a layer of sharp sand is to fill in low areas or bare areas, as a method of dealing with an identified thatch problem or to cover surface tree roots. Using sharp sand on lawns can also inhibit weed growth.
For all intents and purposes, the standard depth recommendation of sharp sand with concrete is about 1-inch. However, the thickness of the sharp sand is most important, and you should ensure that the sand is laid to a thickness of about 30-40mm in depth before you start mixing in concrete.
Leveling sharp sand can be tricky, therefore it is best to use a four to six-inch rip of plywood attached to a two by four of equal length to ensure stability. Drag the sand, making sure that you have some grade stakes in place for your desired height, and presto, you end up with a smooth surface to lay your stone on.

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