Pure, Versatile Silica Sand Products
Essential Industrial Sand for Important Projects
Industrial sand is high-purity silica sand that has been cleaned and sized using carefully controlled processes. Pontotoc sand is made up of pure silica quartz mined from the Permian layer, and despite its simple chemical makeup, it’s an essential element to industrial processes well beyond oil and gas production.
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Sand is an important structural component of asphalt and architectural roofing shingles.
Silica provides the internal structure for all types of ceramic products, including tableware and tile.
An important use for industrial sand is for constructing and grading sidewalks and roads.
From the roads we drive on to the buildings where we live and work, sand is used in construction, to make commercial products, and even for recreation. The modern world relies on sand as a durable, flexible, plentiful material. If your processes require high-quality sand or customizable products, call Pontotoc today.
Sand’s chemical purity determines how well suited it is for standard applications like building and automotive use; it can also determine if it’s fit for specialty applications such as scientific tools and light fixtures. Pulverized silica sand can be used to make fiberglass insulation or reinforcing glass fibers.
Silica’s high fusion point and low rate of thermal expansion makes it the perfect material to provide castings of metal parts from engine blocks to frying pans. Once used, industrial sand can be reused to make new cores and molds.
Silicon-based chemicals make up thousands of everyday products, including household cleaners, fiber optics, and solutions used to remove impurities from brewed beverages.
Sand is a major structural component for building and construction projects, and it’s found in cement, roofing shingles, skid-resistant surfaces, and asphalt mixtures. Silica’s chemical compounds are separate from the binding system, and it adds flexibility and density to these important building materials.
Paint and Coatings
Quartz sand adds anti-weathering properties to paints, sealants, and epoxy-based compounds. It is used to improve the appearance of paints and the proportion of sand affects brightness, reflectance, color consistency and oil absorption.
Sand is used to modify thermal expansion, regulate drying and shrinkage, and improve structural integrity and appearance.
Filtration and Water Production
Sand is important for the processing of wastewater and the filtration of water from wells. Uniform grain shapes and size distribution create an effective filter for removing contaminants and particulates. Industrial sand is chemically inert and will not react with acids or volatile organics. Silica gravel is used as packing material in deep water wells to increase yield from the aquifer.
High-quality silica sand is used for sports and recreation. It is found in bunkers on the golf course and used to rehabilitate putting greens. Sand is an important component of dirt ballfields and is an important aeration and fertilization ingredient for turf athletic fields.
Blasting and Cleaning
Sand used in these applications needs to be pure and consistent, which means a reliable supplier is an asset to companies that rely on sandblasting in their industrial processes.
At Pontotoc, safety is vital. Our limestone open pit mining procedures are controlled by industry best practices and mine safety regulations that protect our employees and the surrounding area.