Sand for Your Construction or Outdoor Living Needs

June 10, 2024
RSSY inventories sand materials for a variety of uses. Sands for play boxes (premium white sand), coarse sand, mortar mixing, or organic amending. We have the right sand for all your construction or outdoor living needs.
 
DISCLAIMERS:
 
Sand color and texture changes over time. Please visit the yard to view our sand before purchasing if an exact match is required.
Concrete and Mortar Sand available at both locations.
 
Play Box Sand (premium white sand) only available at Giles Run location.
 
Sand can be delivered by RSSY trucks or in super sacks. Pick up sand at our Yard with your own vehicle. Please call the office (702) 339-8095 for pricing and details. More details available on our web page.
 
 

Different Types of Aggregates & Their Uses

February 12, 2024
Whether you need a decorative feature or finish in your garden and driveway, bulk bagged aggregates or loose aggregates are an inexpensive choice, really easy to work with, and they certainly help you reduce the time you spend on property upkeep. You can pick-up or request delivery.
 
Aggregates come in different gradings, and textures, with varying moisture content and various other characteristics that determine the kind of job they are suited for. Let’s look at different types of aggregates and some of their uses so you can make the best choice for your next project.
 
SAND – There are different types of sand available for construction: sharp sand, ballast, and even recycled sand. Each type has its own uses.
 
BALLAST SAND – Ballast is a mix of sand and gravel and is generally used when building foundations for specific jobs such as houses and roadways as well as railways.
 
GRAVEL – Gravel has larger grains than sand. It can be used as part of driveways or pathways, occasionally mixed with concrete but often simply laid down on top.
 
ROCKS, PEBBLES AND SHINGLE – These types of aggregate come in a variety of colors, shapes, and surface textures. Shingle and stone aggregate can be glassy, smooth, rough, honeycombed, and more, and can be used to create unique and beautiful decorative garden features.
 
CRUSHED ROCK – One particular type of aggregate is crushed rock, made when larger pieces of rock are crushed into smaller pieces. This makes for another excellent base for forming concrete slabs and driveways.
 
ROCK DUST – Fine rock dust is a by-product of the quarrying industry and results from rock crushing. Also known as crusher dust, it can be used to improve the soil by remineralization, helping to rebuild topsoil and to speed up growth in your garden.
 
If you know the type of aggregates you require, use our aggregate calculator to estimate how much you’ll need for your project. Just call (703) 339-8095 to speak to our staff about our aggregates and our pricing or please visit our webpage for more details.
 

When to Use Coarse Sand on Icy Driveways and Steps in Northern VA

January 16, 2024
Whereas rock salt melts ice, sand does not. Coarse Sand, because it is an abrasive material, is applied to icy driveways, walkways and steps to provide traction. It can capably create traction on ice at any temperature, whereas rock salt is not effective in extreme cold. But sand is only effective if it is on the surface of the ice. If it gets buried under snow, it needs to be reapplied. RSSY keeps a large inventory of Coarse Sand for your pick-up or delivery. RSSY also provides bags for rock salt and sand. Please call for pricing and details.
 

RSSY Offers Sand and Gravel!

July 20, 2023

RSSY offers mortar sand. White sand is also available as play sand.

Grey gravel is a granite stone that is most often used for driveways and to help with drainage.

Fancy Gravel is a variety of colorful stone that can be used for driveways, walkways, and plant beds.

Click through our selections of sand & gravel on the web site to learn more about each specific type, or browse specific galleries to view the selection detail. We can deliver materials directly to your site or you can pick-up. Please call the Yard (703) 339-8095 for help with your aggregate order.
 
To use the aggregate calculator, select your stone or sand aggregate type from the pull down menu, and enter length, width, and depth requirements in the blanks provided. This calculator will estimate how much stone and/or sand (in tons) that are required for your job based on your material type and measurements. Please be advised that the total calculated tons may differ from your actual requirement due to variances in sub-grade depth, compaction, material density, losses, etc

https://rssy.com/aggregate-calculator/

Our Inventory of Sand Materials for a Variety of Uses

September 27, 2022
SAND:
RSSY inventories sand materials for a variety of uses. Sands for play boxes, mortar mixing, construction or organic amending. We have the right sand for all your construction needs.
 
Sand color and texture changes over time. Please visit the yard to view our sand before purchasing if an exact match is required. Concrete and Mortar Sand available at both locations. Play Box Sand only available at Giles Run location. Please call us today at (703) 339-8095 for pricing and details or visit us our webpage.
 

Road Salt and Sand Mix for Your Snow and Ice Melting This Winter

February 7, 2022

At Rock Stone and Sand Yard (RSSY), we inventory road salt and road salt and sand mix (75% Salt and 25% Sand) for de-icing applications for communities, counties, building owners, landscapers, contractors and homeowners in Northern Virginia. RSSY Road Salt complies with Virginia State Standards. Please call us today (703) 339-8095 or visit our website for additional information.

Road Salt and Coarse Sand in Northern Virginia

January 24, 2022

Rock Stone and Sand Yard (RSSY) we inventory road salt and Coarse Sane for de-icing applications for communities, counties, building owners, landscapers, contractors and homeowners in Fairfax, Springfield, Falls Church, Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Burke, Lorton, Clifton, and Woodbridge in Northern Virginia. Call us today for pricing and pickup or delivery options.

https://rssy.com/road-salt/

Sand Materials for a Variety of Uses

July 6, 2021

RSSY, Rock Stone and Sand Yard, inventories sand materials for a variety of uses. Sands for sand boxes, white sand, mortar mixing, or organic amending. We have the right sand for all your construction needs. Call (703) 339-8095 to speak to one of our yard persons today for additional details and pricing!

Using Flagstone in Reston, VA – Professional Tips From RSSY

June 27, 2014

Flagstone Stairs at Reston, VA Home Flagstone in Reston, VA, is one of the finest materials available to create enduring patios. Flagstone is a durable and naturally slip-resistant, safer patio surface that lasts for years. Since it allows water to permeate instead of creating damaging runoff, flagstone in Reston, VA, is considered environmentally-beneficial and is highly desirable.

Flagstone patios also have a natural, organic quality in earthy shades of grays, blues, browns and reds. The most common types of flagstone in Reston, VA, used for paving and patios are sandstone, slate and limestone. The closer the quarry, the less you pay for shipping costs. So much of the flagstone in Reston, VA, is quarried in Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania.

Flagstone patio prices also depend on the method of  installation. Mortaring flagstones on a concrete slab is more expensive than dry laying flagstones in Reston, VA, over a graded base of sand and gravel. Here are some additional tips about using flagstone in Reston, VA, from the landscape experts at RSSY:

  • Select flagstone by color and look for a wide variety of shapes and sizes
  • Curb costs by using flagstone in Reston, VA, in conjunction with alternate paving and landscape materials
  • See the wide RSSY selection of fill gravel for joints between flagstone in Reston, VA,
  • Include larger slabs of flagstone in Reston, VA, to create a unique walkwayFlagstone Steps with Stone Veneer
  • Ask the RSSY landscape professionals about dressing up mortared joints
  • Create patterns with a combination of irregular and cut flagstones for Reston, VA, outdoor patios and walkways with individual style
  • Grow grass or ground cover in the joints between flagstones
  • Save money by avoiding unnecessary cutting of flagstones in Reston, VA, when you design your outdoor flagstone landscape features
  • Create  naturalistic steps visually enhanced for safety
  • Creating contrast around your pool with flagstone in Reston, VA
  • Construct a permeable flagstone patio that permits rain water to safely re-enter the ground
  • Proper drainage design in the surrounding landscape ensures your flagstone patio in Reston, VA, has a smooth, safe, durable surface.

Flagstone Border for Paver Patio in Reston, VA

RSSY carries all of your landscape  materials, including an amazing selection of flagstone and natural stone, plus pavers from Belgard and Nicolock. Work with the landscape experts at RSSY and get personalized service and specific landscape recommendations for your projects.

No matter what ideas, needs or questions you have about using flagstone in Reston, VA, in your outdoor landscape design, the flagstone experts at RSSY will be your project advisor every step of the way.

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