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Aggregates can be used for landscaping projects and civil engineering projects. You might have seen aggregates being used around gardens to create rockeries or maybe as a topping to flower beds to aid water drainage. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned the word aggregate – it was never something I spoke about, do you ever speak about aggregates? I didn’t think so.
Britannica explains that commonly used aggregates include pebbles, gravel, sand, and stone. You might have seen stone driveways – those are aggregates. You might have seen gabion baskets filled with large stones – again, those are aggregates. Whether you never knew about the name “aggregates” or would like to know more about aggregates, today that’s all I’m talking about.
Don’t ask me why. I just woke up and thought of sharing my thoughts about aggregates. Plus, I decided to reach out to professionals to give me some expert opinions and share their knowledge on the topic. I spoke to Mainland Aggregates, a UK-based aggregates supplier, with many years of experience in the industry.
Types of aggregates.
The team at Mainland Aggregates explains that there are various types of aggregates, from quarried aggregates and recycled aggregates to decorative aggregates. Quarried aggregates are materials such as sand, gravel, and crushed stone, which are extracted from quarries. Recycled aggregates are often debris from constructions, such as crushed cement concrete, which is reused for other projects.
Decorative aggregates, also known as decorative stones, are pebbles, cobbles, gravel, chippings and other stones which are used for decorative purposes. As Rice Cakes and Raisins explains, “For landscaping projects, decorative aggregates are the first choice. These are durable and versatile aggregates that come in a variety of shapes, textures, colours and sizes.”
The benefits of using an aggregate.
“Aggregates can be found everywhere and can be used for a wide range of projects.” Says Wood Create. And I couldn’t agree more. This will give you a plethora of options to choose from! So, no matter your project, you will be able to find the right type of aggregate for your project.
Another great thing about aggregates is their low maintenance. Even if your outdoor stones are looking a bit dirty, all you have to do is wait for rain or spray them with some water to bring them back to their normal state. Plus, rocks will not fade with time, so aggregates are a great long-term choice too. They also make a great place to host a garden party.
What do you think of using aggregates in your landscape projects?