Many people may not know but aggregates play a huge role within the construction industry.
They literally provide the foundations for construction projects across the world and are the most used construction material in the UK.
in 2019, the total aggregate sales in England and Wales topped 148 million tonnes, highlighting the importance of aggregates.
But the question is what are they?
Aggregates are suitable granular materials that are generally produced by crushing stones and used within construction projects.
This includes crushed stone, sand and gravel.
They are more commonly produced using naturally occurring raw materials otherwise known as quarried aggregates.
Aggregates can also be produced by recycling demolition waste such as concrete to create recycled aggregates.
There are main different types of aggregates but there are four main categories that they fall under:
Aggregates literally form the foundations on which modern society is built.
They can be used on their own or in combination with other products which produces different materials.
The main role of aggregates is to support the foundations of many different structures or materials such as:
Aggregates are used across a variety of different industries.
You can expect to see them used for: