Building Sand - Bulk Bag Supplies

Building Sand - Angus Maciver Ltd - Bulk Bag Supplies

We supply very high-quality locally sourced building sand in bulk bags. It is of a consistent quality and colour, and is ideal for use in a variety of applications such as foundations, block laying, roughcasting, and landscaping.

Delivery throughout the Isle of Lewis and Harris will be in 850kgs bulk bags from a mounted loader crane vehicle which requires 2.76m (9ft) minimum width for access. The crane arm can reach between 6.0-8.0m (19.5-26.0ft), depending on access and obstacles.

General Information About Building Sand And Its Uses


Not all sand has the same properties, and therefore, different sands are used for different purposes in construction. Using the right type of sand for a particular job is hugely important as using the wrong grade could have serious consequences.


Sand is a naturally-occurring material of particulate matter such as rock, coral,,and shells: it is typically finer than gravel but coarser than silt..The precise composition of sand varies depending on its source and the conditions prevalent at that location.


What are the different types of sand and what are they used for?


Sharp Sand - (aka Course Sand or Pit Sand)


This type of sand is a fairly course type of sand due to the fact that the particles that make it up are fairly large. Typically the grain particles are also quite sharp and angular in shape.

In summary, Sharp Sand should be used for :-

  • Concreting

  • Masonry work

Builder's Sand - (aka River Sand, Screeding Sand, Plasterer’s Sand, Mason’s Sand or Bricklayer’s Sand)

In terms of the grains, unlike the course sharp and angular grains that make up sharp sand, the grains found in builder's sand are much more rounded and smoothed off.

As the grains are smaller and smoother, this results in a much smoother overall finish hence the reason builder's sand is used in screeding and plastering applications.

In summary, Builder's Sand should be used for :-

  • Plastering

  • General mortar/masonry work

  • Brick and block laying

  • Rendering

Jointing Sand - (aka Sea Sand, Silver Sand, Washed Sand or Beach Sand)

In terms of the grains that make up beach/jointing sand they do tend to be very fine and they also tend to be very smooth and rounded from the effects of tide action.

In summary, Jointing Sand Sand should be used for :-

  • Jointing paving and patio slabs

  • Children's sandpits (needs to be double washed to remove contaminants)

  • Recreational areas

  • Golf bunkers

Skip Hire 

Should you require a skip for ground or garden clearance, we have a skip hire division