All You Need to Know About Paver Sand

Paver sand is a type of sand used in landscaping and hardscaping. It is usually composed of either quartz or limestone. Paver sand is used to fill joints between pavers, facilitate drainage, and provide a level surface for paver or road installation. 

Where Paver Sand Comes From

Paver sand is sourced from quarries, which extract it from sandstone deposits. The sand is then screened and washed to remove impurities. Paver sand can be bought in both bulk and bags at most home improvement stores, or directly from us at Asphalt Materials. 

We have a large selection of rock and sand products at our West Jordan facility. We carry three types of sand for your projects, big or small:


Medium coarse, screened leveling sand for use beneath pavers or bedding pipes. 


Fine, screened sand for playgrounds or sandboxes.


Medium coarse, screened sand for mixing concrete.

If you have questions about which product you should use, please let us know and we'll be happy to help. You can pick up your products in person, or schedule a delivery (2-ton minimum order required).

How Paver Sand Can be Used in Landscaping

Paver sand is a versatile material that can be used in a variety of ways. In addition to providing drainage, paver sand can also be used to create a sandy, beach-like atmosphere in your backyard. Simply spread a layer of paver sand over the area you wish to cover. Then, add some potted plants, outdoor furniture, and umbrellas for shade. You’ll be instantly transported to your own tropical getaway!

Paver sand can also be used to create a paver patio or walkway. To do this, you’ll first need to excavate the area you wish to cover. Then, level the ground and compact it. Next, lay down a layer of paver sand. Once the paver sand is in place, you can begin installing your pavers. 

How Much Paver Sand Do I Need?

Since you'll be tightly compacting the paver sand for your project, our experts recommend ordering 20% - 30% more volume than the actual space you need to fill. For pavers, you'll want a 2" thick layer of sand; for a road, you only need 1" of sand as a base.

What To Do With Leftover Paver Sand

If you have paver sand left over after completing your project, it can be stored in a dry, airtight container for future use. You could also use the product for the following projects:

  • Filling planter boxes
  • Making DIY scented candles
  • Creating a zen garden
  • Making a sandbox for children
  • Smothering firepits at home or while camping

Paver sand can be used as a de-icer, which is a big help for our long, cold Utah winters. Simply spread a layer of paver sand over the icy surface and the paver sand will expedite the melting process by absorbing the heat from the sun. It also offers great traction if your tires get stuck on ice or snow in your driveway or on the road.

Removing Excess Paver Sand From a Job Site

Paver sand can be removed from a job site using a shovel or paver rake. It is also possible to use a high-pressure washer to remove paver sand from pavers, joints, and other surfaces. Excess paver sand can be disposed of in a dumpster or on another piece of property.

Asphalt Materials offers environmentally-friendly disposal of many landscaping products, including dirt and sand. Both contractors and homeowners can bring leftover materials to us and we’ll recycle everything we can so these aggregate materials don’t go to waste. 

Common Uses for Aggregate Sand

  • Construction Foundations
  • Topography Grading
  • Retaining Walls
  • Driveway Base
  • Drainage
  • Mulching
  • Game Court Base
  • Concrete and Asphalt Mixing

The disposal fees for dumping excess paver sand are based on weight, and Asphalt Materials does not unload products for customers who utilize this service.


To get started on your landscaping or hardscaping project, get in touch with Asphalt Materials by calling 801.561.4231. We always recommend viewing our products in person to ensure they’re the right fit for the job, so feel free to visit us in West Jordan Monday through Saturday in the summers, and Monday through Friday in the off-season.