The fact that it can be used for various tasks and applications makes masonry sand sometimes referred to as “all-purpose sand”. Among other uses, Mason sand can be used as a leveling agent, a fill material, a paver base, beach sand, a paver crack filler, and as a leveling agent between pavers.

What is Masonry Sand?

Fine sand such as masonry sand can be used for masonry, volleyball courts, sandboxes, and swimming pools. The size varies depending on the purpose. If desired, this sand can also be blended with our other sands to create a horse arena.

Mason sand fills joints between pavers or is mixed with mortar to make a smooth, refined, and clean material. As well as concrete, masonry sand is commonly referred to as “fine concrete sand” (both are created using the same process, although masonry sand is more pulverized).

The smaller grain size makes it ideal for projects that have a more pleasing aesthetic appearance. It is a highly versatile product. It can be used in virtually any project that does not require a specific type of sand. This sand variety is also more affordable than others of similar quality.


There are many types of sand to choose from when selecting the right one for your project. Masonry sand is a popular type of sand. It is widely used in construction, landscaping, and masonry applications. Typically, masonry sand is used as a component of concrete and mortar and a filler for driveways and patios.

Sand has a variety of applications, but because not all sand is made equal, it is critical to select the appropriate sand for your project. 


When grass is grown on soil that contains excessive clay, the lawn may suffer from compaction. Drainage and expansion are essential. Landscapers use the practice known as “topdressing” to assist them in combating this issue. After core aerating the grass, a topdressing procedure is carried out by distributing masonry sand on the surface of the lawn and into the holes generated by the core aeration.

Volleyball Courts or Sandboxes

Masonry sand is a washed sand typically used in various contains construction and landscaping projects because of its fine-to-medium particle size. Sandboxes, playgrounds, and volleyball courts are examples of where this product can be used. 

In addition to being a cost-effective material, it is excellent for digging, playing, running, and jumping on. In contrast to volleyball courts, which are made up of a few other parts such as poles and nets, a sandbox may be built in almost every place and on virtually any scale. 

You can create a sizeable in-ground sandpit for your school or daycare, or you can simply pour some sand in a readymade plastic sandbox to keep the kids entertained.

Horse Arenas

It is not just children who love masonry sand; horses love it too. 

In combination with a stabilizing binder, masonry sand can provide a fantastic surface for equestrian use. It is one of the most cost-effective footing materials available, and it may be used with various additives to boost the stability and traction of the footing for horses. 

As horse arena footing can be complex, it is recommended that you plan and talk to a specialist before purchasing footing materials.

Golf Courses

Masonry sand is used for various purposes on golf courses, including sand traps and topdressing for turf. 

Sand for sand traps should be selected based on many factors. The size and form of the particles, the amount of clay or silt in the sand, and the color are all characteristics of sand. Historically, sand trap fill material has been used, and it is often the best option when replacing or refilling a sand trap. 


Sand the joints between the brick pavers with mason sand or concrete sand to make them smooth. To achieve an adequate level of settling between the joints, make sure that the sand is completely dry before applying it. 

The sand in the mix provides the cement with something to grip onto as it cures. It provides strength to the mortar by tying all of the grains of sand together. The principle of cement to sand is quite similar to the principle of mortar to brick. Putting the pieces of a puzzle together to form a whole.

FAQs about Masonry Sand

How much does masonry sand cost? 

Masonry sand can cost anywhere between $25 and $45 per ton, depending on its quality. When spread 1 inch thick, this quantity will cover approximately 35 square feet. Additionally, it can be used for various other tasks such as plastering, making playground sand, mixing concrete, paving, and ground cover/stabilizer.

How are concrete sand and masonry sand different?

Mason sand is similar to concrete sand; however, its grains are more refined and more uniform than concrete sand. Both masonry sand and concrete sand have similar applications, but masonry sand is an excellent alternative to beach sand due to its fine texture and low abrasion resistance.

Call a Professional to Learn More about Masonry Sand

It is always a good idea to call a trusted masonry contractor to answer your questions about masonry sand. 

Paragon Remodeling is a masonry contractor with years of experience. We have previously completed a plethora of masonry projects, and we look forward to working with you as well! Reach out to us immediately at 703-426-5555 for more information about our services, how it works, and the advantages of working with a team of specialists like ourselves.