Post 6 of 6- RECAP
Welcome Back to the FINAL edition of Chatt Soil’s Beginner’s Guide to Aggregate! This is the end! The final post of the series! If you have been with us since the beginning- you are basically an expert on all things aggregate…OK, maybe not an EXPERT, but at least you have an idea of what it is! Today we are going to briefly revisit the first five (5) posts, as well as discuss some items that don’t really fall into one of the other categories.
While there are many different types of aggregate, Chatt Soil focuses on the ‘Big Four’:
[For more information, click on the type and it will bring you to our post on the material.]
1) Soil – A mixture of minerals, organic materials, air, and water. [I.E- DIRT]
2) Gravel – A loose aggregation of small water-worn or pounded stones
3) Mulch – Any material (wood chips, pine straw, bark, etc.) spread around or over planting areas to enrich or insulate the soil
4) Stone – Hard, solid, nonmetallic mineral matter
All of these ‘aggregate types’ can be found in yards, construction sites, and parks around the world. While the nuance of each material becomes a bit daunting, understanding the role that they play is fairly easy- and incredibly important for homeowners looking to improve their property.
Other important items
Filling sandboxes around the world, is SAND. Defined as “a loose granular substance, typically pale yellowish brown, resulting from the erosion of siliceous and other rocks”. While there are numerous varieties of sand, the product sold by Chatt Soil is safe for children and free of contaminates and hazardous materials.
Derived from Middle English flagge, meaning turf, combined with the Old Norse word flaga which means ‘slab or chip’- flag stone refers to large ‘sheets’ of sedimentary rock that have been split into layers along the bedding planes. These ‘sheets’ can be used in a variety of manners, based on thickness.
¾“ to 1½” – Overlays & Veneers
1¾” to 2¾” – non-loadbearing patios
3” to 4” – Driveways, walkways, ‘high-traffic’ areas
This concludes our recap of the Beginner’s Guide to Aggregate! We hope that you have enjoyed the material and it has brought some insight and clarity into a topic that you likely never thought you would need. At Chatt Soil our inherent goal is to provide value to our customers and partners through education and information.
In between this series and the next one, we have prepared a Case Study that outlines the true savings of buying in bulk! Not just money, but time and effort! Make sure your check it out next week!!
After two (2) years in the industry, we have a solid idea of what people need, and most importantly, what they are trying to accomplish. Over the summer we have another series planned:
Project Preparedness… where we discuss the basic requirements for the ‘Top 12 Most Common Projects’ our customers have completed over the years. We will dive into each project, providing not only an overview and basic instructions, but a Checklist!! Ensuring that you are set up for success before you get started.