Appealing Pavement Options

Buildings should be appealing to approach no matter their function. Homes have often been the subject of curb appeal, but...


A Pleasant Walk in the Park

Many residential areas have their own small parks, and those living around them have found they are a necessity for...


Modern Building Materials

Aggregates are an important part of modern buildings. They help create and support the foundation of homes, factories and offices....


Surrounded by Aggregates

Everywhere civilization is present, there are dried aggregates that have helped create it. Gravel driveways and concrete foundations use small...

When a child picks up a rock and skips it on the water, it is nothing more than a small rock. A child skipping a rock makes a pleasant picture for the world to see. After all, one small rock is not very important. Small rocks, whole or ground, grouped together are called aggregates. These aggregates form the basis of modern living. They are an integral part of the foundations of homes and offices. Modern roads and highways are possible because of aggregates. Even the garden patio would not be the same without them.

Rocks and sand are mined in quarries to provide many of the building materials in use today. Granite countertops are a good example. When mined, this material does not form natural slabs. Large pieces are cut out of granite deposits. When an area has other rock types, small granite pieces are left behind. These pieces are gathered up to become part of the aggregate used as modern building materials rather than being tossed aside as useless.