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Aggregate Supplies

We stock and can deliver from ¼ tonne 33 tonne loads of both natural and recycled aggregates. Our range of aggregate sizes is from 7mm up to 70mm. These days’ aggregates can be sourced from natural quarries (blue metal) or the recycled alternatives.

The natural variations normally referred to as Blue Metal, from their distinctive blue and basalt colour, are found at a number of quarries surrounding Sydney. The low local supply, due to years of extraction compounded with the extensive use in ready-mix concrete and the cost of haulage into Sydney, has meant that a natural quarried product has become quite expansive.

Blue Metal 10mm $66/t incl GST
Recycled 10mm & 20mm Aggregate $48.40/t incl GST
Recycled 40/70mm Aggregate $44/t incl GST

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Aggregate Concrete and Aggregate Supply

Over the last 10 to 15 years, the availability of recycled aggregates has become wide spread throughout Sydney. Apart from cost savings, the recycled version also provides excellent environmental benefits. By accepting and crushing demolished concrete waste that would otherwise be taken to landfill, and creating products that is in high demand in Sydney, the recycled process has eliminated additional landfill waste, and the need to deplete our natural reserves. Further to this, transport cost to haul the material from outside Sydney is eliminated, since a lot of recycling plants are located inside Sydney.

These plants accept waste concrete, and through a process of sorting, than using large powerful plant that actually crushes concrete pieces. The crushed material is than running through a sifting process to capture and sort the rubble into different sizes. Common sizes from the recycling plants are the concrete sands (fine material), 10mm, 20mm, and 40/70 aggregates, and the graded road base material.

The use of recycled aggregates provides excellent environmental benefits, and that is why on many Government or public projects, recycled products are actually specified for use.

7mm, 10mm, 20mm, 40mm Aggregates

These size aggregates are available in both natural quarried and recycled sources. The recycled sources are about 20 to 30% cheaper. The smaller sized aggregates are ideal for use in ready-mix concrete with the large sizes used in a wide range of drainage application due to the excellent water permeability.

40/70mm aggregates.

These common mostly from recycled sources and are ideal for use as temporary road base for entrance onto construction sites. Most councils impose a condition in Development Approval for the use of this material as entrance into construction site to help reduce mud being taken on the roads by construction vehicles.

Road base.

These are a graded material, meaning that it uses a mixture of different sizes aggregates at ideal ratio to create a material that provide a high compaction outcome. To do this, the certain amount of fine, medium and course aggregates and correct ratios are mix to create the road base. Normally, the largest aggregates in road base are 20mm. Again, this product is available in both recycled and natural alternatives.

Buy Quality Aggregate Supplies from Natural and Recycled Sources

Aggregates are the key ingredients used to produce concrete, along with Portland cement and water. Aggregates are commonly known as inert granular materials, and may actually refer to sand, crushed stone, or gravel.

In order to achieve a good mix, aggregates should be hard, clean, durable particles free of other coatings, chemicals, and fine materials that could deteriorate the concrete. Natural sand and gravel are usually sourced from seabeds, lakes, rivers, or pits. Crushed aggregates are obtained by crushing large gravel, cobbles, boulders, or quarry rock. Once harvested, the aggregate is crushed, analysed, and washed to achieve an ideal gradation and level of cleanliness, and then stored properly to reduce degradation, and avoid contamination.

Understanding the Particularities of Different Kinds of Aggregates

When buying aggregate and gravel supplies, contractor’s judge these products based on several key characteristics, including abrasion and skid resistance, grading, durability, surface texture, and particle shape.

At Total Building Supplies, we stock and sell some of the most popular types of aggregate supply that could take your construction or home improvement project to the next level – even on a tight budget. Our aggregates are available in sizes ranging from 7mm – 70mm. We provide both naturally sourced aggregates and recycled options to give you plenty of freedom of choice when it comes to making a buying decision.

Natural variations – blue metal supply, for instance, known for their specific blue colour, are sourced from Sydney-based quarries – can be quite pricy, considering the reduced local supply linked to years of continuous extraction, and the widespread utilisation of ready-mix concrete. Even though blue metal is expansive, it is still used by plumbers to place around sewerage pipes, due to Sydney Water regulations not allowing the use of recycled aggregates in this situation.

Manufactured using demolished concrete waste, recycled alternatives are more affordable, and also environmentally-friendly. These products have become increasingly popular in Sydney over the last 10 – 15 years, mostly due to their eco-conscious manufacturing process, and reasonable pricing.

Choose Your Aggregates and Gravels Wisely

At Total Building Supplies, we provide aggregates from both natural and recycled sources in different sizes (7mm, 10mm, 20mm, and 40mm). Smaller sized products make excellent ingredients for ready-mix concrete, while aggregates available in larger sizes are the perfect choice for various drainage applications, considering their superior water permeability.

At the same time, 40/70mm aggregates coming from recycled sources are an optimal match for the manufacturing process of temporary road bases required at the entrance of construction sites. Placed in these key areas, this material may help drivers reduce the amount of mud that is brought back on the road on the tires of the vehicles that carry different materials to and from the location where a structure is being built or repaired.

No matter how you’re planning on using aggregates, aggregate concrete and gravels to get your job done in a satisfying manner, we offer you the high-quality supplies that you need to turn your construction project into a success story. Order your building essentials and aggregate supply today to benefit from special prices, and the best customer service in Sydney.