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Choosing the Best Aggregates in South Yorkshire

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Whatever your project; from landscaping to building an extension or laying a driveway, you need to ensure you’re using the best aggregates in South Yorkshire.

Good aggregates are fundamental to a construction job being done well and lasting the test of time. Therefore, it makes sense to do a bit of research and ensure you’ve got the materials you need.

At KCM Waste Management, we’re experts in aggregates. In this blog post, we provide guidance on choosing the best aggregates in South Yorkshire for your construction job:

Why Do I Need the Best Aggregates?

The primary use of aggregates is to provide strength and a level of robustness to a construction project. Aggregates also help to distribute load, for example when used for roads and railways, and to provide ample drainage in landscape-based projects.

Aggregates are an essential element of making concrete and mortar, too. They’re typically mixed with cement, bitumen or gypsum, helping to give stability, as well as resistance to wear and erosion.

As such a fundamental part of your construction project, it’s important that you choose the best aggregates you can find, and that most meet your requirements.

What Types of Aggregates Are There?

The types of aggregates you need will depend on the project.

KCM’s large range of aggregates in South Yorkshire cover most needs and include:

  • Topsoil: Our affordable topsoil is ideal for flower beds and has great drainage properties.
  • Building sand: We provide a range of building sand types, including washed concrete sand, dry screen building sands, and recycled gritty sand. These are used by many construction companies in and around South Yorkshire for jobs like laying paving slabs and creating concrete.
  • Type 1 sub base: Our MOT Type 1 Clause 803 and Type 1 Reduced Fines (MOT Type 3) sub-bases are perfect for creating durable load-bearing bases, and provide great drainage and prevent settlement.
  • Gravels: We provide a choice of gravel for both large construction projects and domestic use in South Yorkshire. Our gravels include chalk, flint, quartz, and washed gravel, to help you get the look or finish you need.

How Do I Choose the Best Aggregates?

In order to know that you’re choosing the best aggregates in South Yorkshire that meet your needs, firstly consider what you need the aggregates to do.

If you need decorative aggregates, maybe for driveways, choose from KCM’s range of gravels. These are perfect for decorative purposes and are hard wearing, look great, and are cost-effective.

For aggregates required in building, choose our building sand. You can use this for laying basic paving slabs, and for creating mortar in building projects.

When you need a tough, load-bearing base, go for KCM’s Type 1 sub base. As well as a base for patios, driveways, and more, it can be used as a filling product.

You can also use aggregates for pipe bedding. For this purpose, we provide limestone, gritstone, and washed recycled stone all perfect for pipe bedding.

When you’re creating flower beds and need ample drainage, our topsoil will fit the bill. It’s also perfect for repairing lawn damage.

If you need guidance on what the best aggregates are for your project, speak to the experienced team at KCM.

Once you know which aggregate is best for your project, consider the aggregates suppliers near you, taking into account price, availability, the amount you need, the supplier’s expertise, and their ability to deliver your aggregates when you need them.

Who Supplies the Best Aggregates in South Yorkshire?

To be a reputable aggregates supplier, a company needs to be fully licensed with suitable certifications. The best aggregates companies will be ISO9001 accredited, to confirm that their quality systems have been approved.

They should also be ISO14001 accredited to confirm that their environmental management systems have been assessed.

The best aggregates supplier will also have suitable aggregates, soils, and tipping vehicles, whatever the size of the job.

KCM Aggregates cover all of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Humberside, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, and aim to provide the best aggregates for your construction project at the best price. We’re also fully licensed with decades of expertise in the industry and a vast number of 5* customer reviews.

Aggregate Deliveries in South Yorkshire

KCM are based in Rotherham so we can easily supply projects in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield, Worksop, and beyond.

We also cover the entirety of Yorkshire, Humberside, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

We can deliver your chosen aggregates directly to your home or site on a day that suits you.

You can alternatively collect your aggregates from our fully licensed facilities in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Find Out More

You can check our full list of aggregates available and order yours, or send us a message to discuss your needs and order the aggregates for your job.

For help with choosing the best aggregates for your needs, speak to our experienced Aggregates Manager on 07736 290 273.


Sand: Which Type is Right for Your Construction Project?

By Aggregates

When we think of sand within construction, we often don’t realise that there’s so much choice!

Sands are the finest types of aggregates available and have a wide variety of uses within the construction industry. In both domestic and commercial projects alike, sands, in general, can be used as a bulking and strengthening agent to create building materials. They can also be used for decorative purposes.

At KCM Waste Management, as well as being experts in waste management and disposal, we also offer a wide variety of recycled and primary aggregates, sands, gravels, and topsoil.

We are proud to be able to supply our commercial clients throughout South Yorkshire. Including major cities Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Worksop, and more.

If you’re currently looking for materials for your next building project, you may be surprised to find out that different sands have slightly different uses. Therefore, we’ve decided to put together a helpful blog outlining the variations to help you make an informed decision:

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Washed Building Sand

By terms of ‘washed’ we mean that the sand has all of the dust, clay, silt, and any other unwanted materials removed so that we have a pure product and is then left to drain.

Washed building sand is essential for mixing mortars as part of the initial construction stage. For builders, as the name suggests, this sand is mixed with water and cement for bricklaying.

The fine texture and small particles of washed building sand make it the perfect choice if you’re looking to create a smooth finish.

Being a multi-purpose product, it is also popular with plasterers and other trades alike. It is often used for a variety of other building projects including mortar pointing, and plastering.

Washed Concreting Sand

Also commonly referred to as sharp sand or paving sand, washed concrete sand is one of the most popular types of sands within the construction industry.

It is more coarse than washed building sand and is larger in size. Being a versatile product, it’s often used to provide a stable sub-base for laying slabs and block paving. It can also be used for screeding, making concrete based products, and for external rendering on buildings. Washed concreting sand is also very popular for creating patio or seating areas in your garden.

You would normally opt for this over washed building sand if you were looking for more strength and less flexibility.

Dry Screen Building Sand

With very fine particles, dry screen building sand is perfect for mixing to create mortar.

It can therefore be used for laying bricks, blocks, or stone. Due to its thickness, you would normally choose to use motar to build outdoor standalone structures such as walls.

Recycled Grit Sand

As you’d expect, grit sand is the thickest type of sand, and so is also slightly heavier.

It is often used in construction and in gardening products. Due to its drainage properties, it is particularly suited to areas that are prone to be exposed to water.

Recycled grit sand, therefore, creates an ideal subbase for floor screeds, block paving, flagstones, or artificial grass.

Whether you’ve got an upcoming one-off project, or whether you’re a builder looking for regular deliveries, KCM Waste Management can help you. We have a fleet of tipper vehicles available. This means we can provide an unrivaled delivery service direct to your commercial premises or building site.

We offer tipper hire on our vehicles that are able to carry up to 20 tonnes at a time, making them suitable for aggregates and sand deliveries. All of our tippers are maintained to the highest possible standard. Ensuring they are 100% site safe and that they perform at their peak level during the hire period you choose.

If you choose to, you are also able to collect a selection of our aggregates locally from our licensed facilities based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Just simply call ahead to check availability and we will sort the rest out for you.

If you require any further assistance in choosing the right aggregate for your project, then feel free to contact our experienced team. Alternatively, you can contact our aggregates manager directly on 07736 290 273.