What is Aggregate?

What is Aggregate?

 

Aggregates refer to all types of quarry materials such as sand, gravel and rock. They are used to build and maintain our roads, construct bridges and buildings, provide solid bases for playing fields, water lines and sewer systems. It is the main component in both concrete and asphalt, which all modern heavy construction relies on as their key building ingredients.

Aggregates may look like a loose collection of rock, sand and gravel, but when sorted those materials are a crucial part of creating community infrastructure. We use aggregates for play sand, drain rock, road base, pathways, landscaping, septic fields and many other applications in building, mining and manufacturing industries. When aggregates are combined with other substances we can produce asphalt for roads, concrete for all manner of construction, soil blends for grass, sports fields and gardens, patio slabs and pre-fab building panels to name a few.

Without aggregates there would be no power —transmission lines require aggregate for the support or anchor for the steel towers. Phones need aggregate for poles and the bases of microwave repeaters. Aggregates are essential for our modern way of life. Fortunately, British Columbia has some of the best and most plentiful aggregates in the world.