Sand is an important material in many different areas for both commercial and private reasons. Sand is used for decorating gardens and is an important material in certain construction projects. It has even been used by car mechanics in a process known as sandblasting which can eliminate rust from old vehicles (although sand itself is rarely used anymore). If you are in the market for some sand, there are a couple of things you need to know before you start purchasing it by the truckload. Here is a helpful guide to get you started.
What Do You Need The Sand For?
Sand is not a universal product, and there are different types that have very different aesthetics and texture. What type of sand you get depends entirely on what its purpose will be. If you are using sand for brickwork, you need to get sand that is appropriately coloured so that it blends well. If you are using sand purely as decoration, then you should get a variant that is comfortable to walk on and looks nice. More premium sands have a finer grain, and those are generally the ones that are used when the sand will be in direct contact by people (in sandpits or on top of synthetic turf), and they carry a higher cost as a result.
How Much Do You Need?
Sand is either sold in cubic metres or in individually packaged bags. Buying in bulk (the cubic metre method) is much cheaper but also leaves you with a lot of sand if you get your measurements wrong. It is very important that you get your maths right on this because either you save a bit of money or you end up with a backyard full of sand you cannot get rid of. Spend a bit of time, talk with the other people involved in your project (coworkers, family members, etc.) and make sure you know exactly how much you need before you confirm an order.
How Are You Going To Get It Delivered?
Sand delivery is the final step in your process to getting your hands on your precious sand, but it can also be the hardest part of all. If you are buying it in large quantities, then the only real sand delivery option for you is by truck. Many retailers that sell sand will offer this service at a premium (or free, depending on promotions) so be prepared to add a couple of bucks on top of your total price. When it comes to sand delivery of the bags, you should be careful because they add up quickly as well. if you are buying more than a couple, you will likely also need a truck to deliver it to your home. Otherwise, for the simple backyard project, you can probably get away with loading up your own personal car. Do not try and transport sand inbulk in your car. It will get everywhere, take way too much time and likely be illegal. Sand delivery is a cheap service that is worth it to get your sand to your project on time and in good shape.
Contact a company that offers sand delivery services to learn more.