How to store aggregates on-site
All kinds of construction sites and landscaping projects are going to need on-site aggregates at some point, so here we will go through some tips for storing aggregates correctly.
Space and Accessibility for On-Site Aggregates
The first consideration is the space where the sand and aggregates will be stored. It is better to choose a space that is separated from the rest of the work site, though access to the aggregate store is also a factor.
You should also try to ensure the aggregates you are storing such as sand and shingle are protected from the elements such as wind and rain, so a space with walls and an overhead covering is ideal.
As for the accessibility, considerations include how often you will need to access the stored aggregates and how far around the site you will need to transport them for use. If a machine or vehicle is required to move the sand and aggregates around then a clear and safe pathway needs to be in place.
If you will be receiving regular deliveries of aggregates then this is also something you will want to factor in to your choice of storage space so that delivery is as easy as possible.
Use Hard and Flat Ground for Storing Aggregates
All kinds of sand and aggregates need to be stored on hard and flat ground, preferably as level as possible. The ground of the storage space should be clean and dry, with retaining walls used to separate the different aggregates.
If dry and flat ground is not available, you can construct a low platform instead and store the aggregates on top.
Keep Aggregates Separated
A lot of construction and landscaping projects require multiple different aggregates. There is building sand, topsoil and decorative aggregates which might need to be all stored on-site at the same time. In such cases it is very important to keep them all segregated to minimise the chances of contamination.
Different classes of aggregates should be kept well apart from each other, such as sand and decorative aggregates. Wall dividers will help prevent different aggregates getting mixed in with each other if they must be stored close by, though any kind of solid separation will generally suffice.
Always make sure fine aggregates are kept a good distance away from coarse aggregates, with the finer aggregates given priority when it comes to wind protection.
If you need to stack multiple loads of the same aggregate, look to build a pyramid shape as this will be the most structurally reliable.
Monitor Moisture Levels
How much moisture each stack of aggregates accrues over time is an important consideration when storing aggregates on-site. Regular moisture checks are recommended, and this is easier to do with non-stacked aggregates. If there is too much moisture gathering then the stacks may need to be separated further apart.
If you require any sand and aggregates or advice on storing aggregates on-site, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.