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Coarse Aggregate: All You Need to Know

By July 26, 2022September 20th, 2022No Comments

Aggregate Quarry in Barstow

Some know it as construction aggregate. Some just call it rock. But here at Lynx Cat rock quarry in Barstow, California, we call it aggregate. And it is our business to have the best quality medium, fine, and yes, coarse aggregate available.

Aggregate is a broad category. In the scope of aggregates, you will find coarse-to-medium-grained particulate material including sand, fill dirt, gravel, crushed stone, slag, recycled and concrete.

What Is Coarse Aggregate?

Coarse aggregates are one of the most crucial elements we use to form the concrete that acts as the bedrock of most buildings. This material is generally a mixture of irregular materials, such as sand, gravel, and crushed stone. This blend of raw materials aids in adding volume and strength, allowing them to stand the test of time.

Most construction companies today turn to coarse aggregate for any concrete-based project, including road works, railway tracks, and everyday buildings. This constant need for coarse aggregate, regardless of the project type, makes it a humble yet indispensable construction tool.

What Are the Common Uses of Coarse Aggregate?

Railway Tracks

Today, most of the railway tracks our trains run on sit on a layer of aggregate. Along with the ballast, this mixture of sand, gravel and crushed stone helps to maintain the track. It contributes to  ensuring that it can bear the load of the trains that run over them.

Water Filtration

In addition to strengthening our concrete, coarse aggregate is also fantastic at filtering water. As the water passes through our mixture, all debris and dirt are trapped in the blend.  The final water source will be clean and safe after light treatment.

Road Construction

If you look deeply onto a road tarmac, you should be able to spot hints of  aggreagate. In this case, most construction companies use this mixture to help reduce the impact of the cars passing over the road. Coarse aggregate is also excellent at draining water off the surface. This helps ensure that water doesn’t seep into the tarmac.

Rock Quarry in Barstow

Lynx Cat Mountain Quarry offers aggregate products for large scale construction. We are a fully SMARA-Permitted and vested rock quarry capable of producing millions of tons of CalTrans quality rock Aggregate products. Contact us today for a quote on your next load of construction aggregate.

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