Difference Between Quartz Sand and Regular Sand

Aug. 17, 2021

As a high purity quartz sand supplier, we'd like to share something with you. In this article, we will answer three frequently asked questions about quartz sand.

What is quartz sand?

How is quartz sand different from ordinary sand?

What are the uses of quartz sand?

What is quartz sand

Quartz sand, also known as silica sand, white sand or industrial sand, is composed of two main elements: silica and oxygen.

Although quartz is usually white or colorless, it can come in a variety of shades. The color of each sand deposit depends heavily on the type of minerals and rock fragments that make up the resource.

In order to be considered a quartz sand, the material must contain at least 95% SiO2 and less than 0.6% iron oxide. If the sand does not meet this criterion, it will be referred to as "ordinary" sand.




what is the difference between silica sand and regular sand? Ordinary sand, also known as feldspathic sand, brown sand or building sand, always contains some silica, but less than 95%. For example, a typical brown sand used in concrete applications may contain up to 80% SiO2, as well as varying amounts of iron, carbonate, potassium and other trace elements/minerals.

These "impurities" make ordinary sand more chemically reactive and often darker in color than quartz sand. Non-quartz sands (common sands) can also be various shades of white, pink, green and black - depending on the geological composition and geographic location of the sand deposit.

What are quartz sands used for?

Quartz sand has many different uses in industry and commerce, from golf courses to glass manufacturing. Quartz sand is a commercial and consumer product that is widely used throughout North America.

Building Materials

Quartz sand (often called industrial sand when used for this purpose) is a major structural component of many building products. Flooring, mortar, cement, roofing shingles, asphalt and other industrial materials all use silica to improve durability and structural integrity. Because of its weather, abrasion and corrosion resistance, silica is often used as a caulking or sealing agent. 

Water Filtration

One of the most common uses of quartz sand is for water filtration, whether treating well water or filtering tap water. Due to its uniform shape and size, quartz sand is an effective filter bed that consistently removes contaminants from water. In addition, it does not degrade when exposed to acidic chemicals.



Sports fields

Quartz sand is used in bunkers and greens on golf courses, as well as natural and synthetic playing fields. When you play 18, those bunkers you find yourself stuck in often are usually filled with quartz sand. It is also used to maintain greens and fairways because of its ability to support drainage and natural plant growth. For turf fields, quartz sand is used as the main structural component of uncontaminated filter media.

Industrial abrasives

Quartz sand is commonly used as a mineral abrasive for industrial sandblasting. Although blasting with quartz sand can generate dangerous dust, exposure can be easily avoided by following recommended PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) guidelines and/or coating the sand with solutions designed to control dust.

Glass Manufacturing

Quartz sand is a major component of glass manufacturing production - in fact, silica is a major component of standard glass products from windows to beer bottles. The purity of the quartz sand used plays an important role in determining the color, strength and clarity of the final product.

Ceramics and Refractories

Silicon dioxide is an important component in the construction and glazing of all types of ceramics, including tableware, floor tiles, wall tiles, etc. As the structural backbone of ceramic products, silicon dioxide helps regulate expansion and contraction, ensures proper drying of ceramics, and improves the overall durability of ceramic products.

Quartz sand has a wide range of uses in everyday life in several industries. If you would like more information, or if you are interested in ordering quartz sand, please contact WANCHENG today for a quote.

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