Construction Sand: Essential Construction Materials

High quality sand materials for construction, masonry, plastering, concrete, roads and more

Construction Sand: Essential Construction Materials

At Western Materials, we specialize in delivering top-quality sand materials tailored to meet a variety of construction needs. With over two decades of experience in the sand mining industry, we have established a reputation for excellence in Southern California. Our extensive range of sand materials is perfect for applications including general construction, masonry, plastering, concrete, and road building. Each material is meticulously sourced and processed to ensure it meets the highest standards of quality and performance. Whether your project requires fine, coarse, or specialty sand, Western Materials is your trusted partner for all your construction sand needs. Discover the difference our high-quality sand can make in your next project.

The Western Materials founding members have had a rich and long history in the sand and gravel mining industry. With our mining partners and network we are able to provide all types of quality and to spec sand, gravel, crushed rock, base, rip rap, and cobbles that our clients need across Southern California for any construction application. Whether your job has large volume or small volume measured in cubic yards; Western Materials is your prime choice for sand and gravel. Get Your FREE QUOTE today, and we will get in touch as soon as possible.

Our high quality sand is used in many applications such as general construction, masonry, plastering, concrete, commercial fill, roads, horse arenas, underground concrete structures and many other utilizations. Many of our sand meet necessary construction specification requirements such as gradation, and cleanness as outlined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), by the Greenbook standard specifications for public works, and by the Caltrans construction materials standards. The appropriate depth of sand bedding varies by application, with recommendations ranging from 2-6 inches. Some of the more common specifications required by contractors on their local Southern California jobs include:

Sieve Analysis (ASTM C-136)
Specific Gravity (ASTM C-127/C-128)
Sand Equivalent (CTM – 217)
Cleanness Value (Caltest 227)
Mortar Strength (Caltest 515)
R-Value (CTM 301F)

Choosing the right grain size is crucial for specific uses, items such as construction sand or mason sand. Additionally, using a shovel with holes can help in cleaning sand bedding, while a heavy-duty shovel is ideal for moving sand into place.

Sand Materials

Top-tier sand stands as a testament to its superior quality. With a consistently fine and pleasing texture, it exhibits a natural color palette that echoes the beauty of American landscapes.

Sieve Analysis (ASTM C-136)
Sand Equivalent (CTM – 217)
Cleanness Value (Caltest 227)
Gravity (ASTM C-127/C-128)
Mortar Strength (Caltest 515)
R-Value (CTM 301F)

Construction Sand Aggregates

Below are some of the many construction aggregate sand materials we offer:

Volleyball Court Sand: Sand used for volleyball courts is typically fine, clean, and free of debris. It provides a soft surface for players to dive and play on.

Horse Arena Sand: Sand used in horse arenas provides a stable and safe surface for horses. It helps with traction and reduces dust, making it suitable for riding and training areas.

Equestrian Sand: Similar to horse arena sand, equestrian sand is used in areas where horses are trained or exercised, ensuring a safe and durable surface.

Golf Course Sand: Specifically designed for golf course bunkers, this sand has ideal drainage properties and compacts well to create a playable surface for short put.

Decomposed Granite: This material consists of weathered granite rock fragments and is used for pathways, driveways, and as a decorative ground cover. It compacts well and provides a firm, stable surface.

Washed Concrete Sand: This type of sand is cleaned to remove impurities and is used in concrete production, providing a strong and stable mixture for construction purposes.

Washed Plaster Sand: Similar to concrete sand, washed plaster sand is cleaned to remove clay, silt, and other impurities. It is used in plastering and rendering, giving a smooth and clean finish to walls and ceilings.

Dry Plaster Sand: This sand is dried to eliminate moisture, making it ideal for plastering as it provides better adhesion and a smoother finish compared to wet sand.

Dry Screened Sand: Dry screened sand is filtered to remove larger particles and debris. It is perfect for leveling surfaces beneath pavers, stepping stones, and flagstone, ensuring a stable and even base.

Fill Sand: This sand is commonly used as a base material in patio construction. It provides a level and compact foundation for laying paving stones or slabs.

Fill Material: Often used to create a stable base under pavers, fill material ensures proper compaction and support for various construction applications.

Screened Dirt: Screened dirt is a mixture of soil and sand that has been filtered to remove rocks and debris. When mixed with sand, it improves soil conditions for landscaping and gardening.

Topsoil: Rich in organic matter and nutrients, topsoil is used for gardening and landscaping. It provides a fertile layer for planting and improves soil structure.

Import Sand: Sand that is imported from other regions or countries, typically used when local sand sources are insufficient or unsuitable for specific projects.

Import Fill: Imported fill material is used to create a stable base or foundation when local materials are not available or adequate for the area or construction needs.

SE 30 Sand: This is a specific grade of sand used for various construction and industrial applications, known for its particular grain size, color and quality.

SR 50 Sand
: Another specific grade of sand, SR 50, is used in construction projects requiring precise sand quality and characteristics.

Bank Sand: A naturally occurring sand found in riverbanks and quarries, used for general fill, backfill, and as a base material in construction projects.

Industrial Silver Sand: Fine, high-purity sand used in industrial applications such as glassmaking, water filtration, and use as a filler in various manufacturing processes.

#16 Sand: This is a coarser grade of sand, often used in concrete mixes, asphalt, and as a bedding material for laying pipes and cables.

#20 Sand: A medium-grain sand used in various construction applications, including concrete mixes, mortar, and as a leveling base for pavers.

#30 Sand: A finer grade of sand used for finishing concrete surfaces, sandblasting, and in the manufacturing of certain types and sizes of mortar and stucco.

Playground Sand: Clean, fine sand used in playgrounds to provide a soft, safe surface for children to play on. It is free from contaminants and debris.

Gas Sand: Sand used in gas well drilling and fracking operations. It helps to keep access to the fractures open, allowing gas to flow out of the well.

Each of these sand aggregates serves specific purposes in construction and industrial applications, providing the necessary properties and quality required for the delivery and successful project outcomes.
Washed Concrete Sand
Washed Plaster Sand
Dry Plaster Sand
Dry Screened Sand
Fill Sand
Fill Material
Volleyball Court Sand
Screened Dirt
Import Sand
Import Fill
SE 30 Sand
SR 50 Sand
#20 Sand
#30 Sand
Horse Arena Sand
Equestrian Sand
Playground Sand
Gas Sand
Decomposed Granite
Bank Sand
Industrial Silver Sand
#16 Sand
Golf Sand
Rock Dust


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Frequently Asked Questions


Sand & Gravel
Cobbles, Rip Rap, &Boulders
Baseball Infield Mix/Red Clay
Decomposed Granite (DG)