Mason sand is created in the same way as concrete sand but is crushed finer. It is also created at the quarry by crushing granite, gneiss, limestone or trap rock then washing it though screens to ensure the uniformity of the grains.
It can be used in cement, particularly for projects like swimming pools and concrete paving stones where the finer grain gives a more finished appearance. Its finer texture also makes it an acceptable replacement for beach sand in applications like sand volleyball courts.
Concrete sand is and aggregate sand usually composed of either gneiss, trap rock, limestone or granite. This specific type of sand is normally crushed at the quarry and then washed and screened for quality. This process will make sure that there are no large rocks within the material.
It is most commonly used to as a key ingredient in cement or hot asphalt but can also be used as pipe sand or as a base layer and leveling medium for above ground pools, and patios or walkways made of concrete paving stones.
White Masonry Sand
White sand is the type of sand most often used in application where it is likely to be seen. It is made of crushed limestone which gives it is distinctive white color and softer, finer texture. It is most often a more expensive type of sand than the other two and is usually only used where its appearance or softer feel will make a difference.
It can be used in cement for mortar or paving stones but most often it is used in sand boxes, volleyball courts and in sand traps at golf courses. White sand is also frequently used to create inland beaches at lakes as well as to replace protective sand dunes along the coast.