Brickies Sand vs Fill Sand: What’s The Difference?

In construction and civil works, there are several types of sand available to work with. Let’s take a look at two of the common ones below, brickies and fill sand, and the sites they are best suited for.

What Is Brickies Sand?

As the name suggests, brickies sand is most commonly used in the bricklaying and masonry industries. What sets it aside from other types of sand is its high clay content, which repels water and makes the sand stickier and more workable when combined with cement. This property is the reason why brickies sand is often referred to as ‘fatty’. Brickies sand is a versatile material. It can come in different colours and can be used for a variety of purposes.

Brick laying sand should have a well-balanced clay and fine content in order to accommodate cement and water, which would allow it to create a perfect mortar. It needs to be both workable and have strong bonding characteristics, as a wall’s structural integrity will be compromised by poor mortar.

Best uses for brickies sand

Brickies sand is most commonly used in the building industry, with common uses including:

  • Brick wall construction
  • Masonry work, where it can be used to create mortar for laying bricks
  • Limestone, where it can be incorporated into block work construction
  • Paving preps, where it is great for high compaction screed off
  • Hard stands, where it’s role in pad preparation is key

Related: Discover the Many Uses of Brickies Sand

What is Fill Sand?

Fill sand is used for filling purposes. High quality fill sand has the right amounts of clay and a PH close to neutral, which allows it to be of strong compaction, and means it provides high strength foundations. All of our fill sand is sourced from our virgin site and provides unrivalled compaction and drainage, two important factors. If you’re looking for backfill on retaining walls or high-rise buildings, our fill sand is the only choice.

Best uses for fill sand

Fill sand is used for several purposes in high rise construction filling and civil works industries.

  • Base preparation for concrete slab pours
  • Backfilling
  • Large civil works, where it can be used to create a solid base
  • Road construction, where it can be used to lay foundations
  • Landfill subdivisions and construction preps

Why choose CRI?

In both brickies and fill sand, Carramar Resource Industries is an industry leader for high rise construction filling and civil works alike in the Perth CBD and wider WA area. We are a family-run business that have been operating for over 20 years, which allows us to provide a high level of quality both in the products we offer and our customer service.

For more information on the types of sand we sell and their various applications or to get an over the phone quote contact us today on 9405 3877. Our expert team would be happy to assist you in any way we can.