The reduction in the sources of sand and the need to reduce the cost of construction projects has resulted in the increase need to identify alternative construction materials to sand as fine aggregates in the construction projects. Quarry dust a by- product from crushing process during quarrying activities is good alternative during construction projects. It is used as substitute to sand to make quarry dust concrete which is believed to be stronger and more durable than the regular concrete materials.
Uses of Quarry Dust
It can be used as substitute to sand wholly or partly. It offers a comparatively good strength compared to sand with or without concrete admixtures.
This type of dust is getting popular in construction projects such as road construction, building houses and making bricks and tiles.
Quarry dust is ideal for these jobs and is expected to be the future and likely replacement for sand in construction project, since river sand is fast becoming scarce and very expensive.
Strength When Needed
Sand is obtained from river beds, and is its availability is becoming challenging at reasonable price. In order not to compromise strength of building during construction, quarry dust come handy as an equal substitute without threat to quality at the same time rendering good strength to whatever construction project quarry dust is used for.
This dust is widely used in the construction of roads projects, especially in the manufacture of slabs, and making retaining walls. It is also used filling roads before asphalting. It is believed that quarry dust makes stronger slabs and walls at construction site.
Cheap Material for Home Builders
Quarry dust uses is not limited to highway projects, in construction projects that involves homes building, it is fast becoming popular too.
Partial replacement of sand with quarry dust will make good concrete that is well desired in residential construction. The final product is strong bricks, slabs or tiles that are produced at lower cost compare to using sand.
Demand for sand from river beds is on the increase, so is getting too expensive daily, a construction project that utilizes quarrydust come at cheaper cost and lesser pressure on market demand for sand.
The shift in demand for sand in construction project is ongoing, and is not a surprise that this dust is the safe haven, with better innovation and inventions, it won’t be something unimaginable to see quarry dust replacing sand in the construction projects.