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Sand & Gravel Solutions Blog
The decision between natural grass and artificial turf has been an ongoing discussion in recent years. While both have their added benefits, it can be costly if all options are not considered. Artificial turf fields are increasingly popular among high schools and colleges, due to their perceived ease of maintenance and versatility in weather conditions.
With Summer arriving and Fall just around the corner, many are starting their landscaping projects at their homes or businesses. Landscaping with rocks and stones can be a long process but also has the benefits that homeowners want and appreciate in making their property have that “WOW” factor.
Many people don’t realize the amount of aggregates required to make the roads we travel on daily. That’s why when it comes to rebuilding our infrastructure, it starts with quality materials. Limestone, sand, gravel and air-cooled blast furnace (ACBF) slag are all ingredients used in a variety of mix designs for both hot mix asphalt and ready-mix concrete. Therefore, it is imperative that quality INDOT state certified materials are used during this process. While aggregates are use in both asphalt and concrete pavement it’s also used in what you can’t see from the road’s surface, road base. The road base plays an important role in extending the life of newly paved roads. It provides a foundation for the surface pavement and must consist of high quality material built to withstand the heavy traffic and weather conditions of the Midwest. These materials aren’t just used in road construction, they are important components for a variety of development projects.
Too appropriately answer, we must travel back in time to when the first concrete mixes where used efficiently; Ancient Rome. Continued construction of what we know as the Roman Forum spanned over hundreds of years as the area was cultivated as center for commerce and entertainment. The immense concrete structures were raised by various Emperors to accommodate shopping and the congregation of the Roman people in a city center. These structures, for the most part, still exist. Withstanding hundreds of years of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and daily weathering from wind, rain and snow, they are a testament to the strength of what one can build with a mix of sand, limestone, gravel and water. Naturally concrete is still made today with various mix designs of aggregates because of its durability.
Is your house located on a lake and showing signs of serious erosion problems on your shoreline?
Signs of serious problems include:
- Bare soil on a steep, high shoreline bank
- Recession of the shoreline over a period of time
- Leaning or exposed roots on trees
- Large patches of muddy water near a lakeshore, or unusually muddy streams during periods of high water or following a rainstorm
To control shoreline erosion, some basic preventive guidelines can benefit you in the long run.
Traveling through highway work zones can be frustrating. Most people do not like being stuck in traffic on a warm summer day. However, in order to have drivable roads and sturdy bridges and overpasses, road construction is a necessity, especially on high traffic roads, highways and interstates throughout Northwest Indiana. Safety is of utmost importance for the road construction crews, trucks delivering materials to individual job sites, and the motorists attempting to navigate torn up roads and lane closures.
Topdressing greens is common practice for golf course management. In years past, superintendents would topdress their greens heavy during spring and fall core aeration.
Choosing the right sand for a golf course is serious business. The sand chosen for bunkers can impact playing quality and maintenance, as well as the style of construction and architecture of the course. There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing the perfect sand, and each component can have a major impact on the overall effect.
Unless you are working on a construction project, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about sand and gravel. Easily accessible natural resources, sand and gravel are basic raw materials that are an important component used in construction. The 2016 mineral commodity summary put out by the USGS tells that $7.2 billion worth of sand and gravel was produced by 6, 300 operations in 2015. That was 702 million tons of sand and gravel shipped in just the first nine months of the year.
If you are looking to add curb appeal to your home or construction project, using landscape stone can provide an aesthetic appeal that is long lasting. There are a wide variety of landscape stones that can add natural beauty to any home or business. Not only will the end result look great, but it will also hold up well in inclement weather.
Gravel is an aggregate of small stones. Natural sand and gravel are generally found in rivers and stream valleys where they have been deposited by water, ridges and hills. Sand and gravel are also found where they were left behind by receding glacial action and subsequently altered by erosive forces. Large deposits of gravel are common and are a result of weathering and erosion. When large deposits are not available, gravel can be created by crushing rocks such as limestone, sandstone or basalt. Quarries where gravel is found are often called gravel pits.
Golfers understand the importance of a properly constructed golf course that provides a firm and uniform surface for putting. The quality of the golf course will make a difference in whether golfers return again or look elsewhere to play the beloved sport. Great golf course aggregates will resist compaction from foot traffic and mowing, allow water and air infiltration, retain nutrients, and hold the right amount of moisture.