Welcome to St. Charles Sand!

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Welcome to the Sand Business!

It’s not just for the beaches and playgrounds, Sand is essential to the growth and progress of the construction industry.

Welcome to St. Charles Sand Co. and it’s affiliated companies. We have been serving the Chicagoland area for over 50 years. Started in 1945, by Edward W. Viehmann, the business has grown to be one of the areas largest suppliers of sand and gravel.
The company is in it’s third generation, and is looking to expand it’s products and services to meet your needs. We carry a wide range of products and services. From concrete sand to specialty blends to dredging services, we can meet your needs. St. Charles Sand has two affiliated companies that can assist you in meeting your goals, Limited Leasing Co. and Kimaterial Inc.
Limited Leasing Co. dredges sand and gravel along the Chicago and Illinois rivers in Illinois. Other river services can also be accommodated upon request.

Kimaterials Inc. is a pit deposit of glacial sand and gravel which services areas southwest of Chicago. Speciality gravel and lignite free sand are it’s trademarks.

We look forward to helping you complete your project and supplying you with the highest quality products available. Use the icons below to select the company you would like more information about.

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Chicago, Is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

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Chicago roof replacement

For many people in Chicago their home is one of their primary investments, and it gives them shelter and a sense of security. To protect a home and increase its value, one must ensure that the roof is in good condition. Inspecting your roof regularly can spare you some costly repairs down the road and prevent rain from falling on your head or things inside the home. It will also help you to ultimately plan for a replacement of the roof when it becomes necessary.

One of the most obvious signs for replacing a roof is if its leaking. However, this is hardly the only reason, because the leak could be due to many different roofing problems, some of which could be corrected by simple repairs. Ideally, a roof should be replaced every 20 to 25 years, because that’s how long most roofs last, especially if placed over an existing layer. Remember, it is imperative to contact Chicago roofing contractors for a professional inspection and replacement. The tips below can also help you in determining the need for a new roof.

It is advisable to do checks on your roof twice, a year, during fall and spring both on the inside and the outside.

  • On the inside you should check for:
  1. places where the roof deck is sagging
  2. leaks or water damage both on the roof and walls
  3. outside light showing through the roof
  • On the exterior, check for these issues:
  1. missing shingles
  2. damaged flashing
  3. blistering
  4. curling
  5. buckling
  6. growth of algae
  7. rotting

Specifically check if there is loose material or wearing around vents, chimneys, pipes and other penetrations. If shingles are missing or falling apart, that is an indication that your roof is susceptible to leaks and a sure sign of the need for a roof replacement. Do a thorough inspection of the drainage and see to it that gutters are properly attached. Confirm that drains are open and all down-sprouts and gutters are free from any debris.

While doing home improvement, choosing to replace your roof over simple repairs is key to minimizing the cost in the long run. Whether you decide to do a simple patch up of leaks and damaged areas or a complete roof replacement should depend mostly on the age of the current one. More so, a roof with a prominent patch will not look attractive especially if you are looking to sell the house on the Chicago market. If the damage to the current roof is significant but is limited to one side of the roof you can consider doing partial re-roofing.

If, on the other hand, a complete re-roofing is desirable then there are two options to take:

  1. Do a complete overhaul by removing the old roof and replacing it with a new one.
  2. Place the new roof down on top of the existing one. The downside of this second option is that the new roof won’t last as long because the existing layers make the roof heavier, cumbersome and the sub-layers end up rotting and making the new roof unstable.

Click here to find out about different types of roofs for your home.

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Construction Uses for Sand

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Sand is one of the most common products on the earth’s surface area. It is a naturally taking place product resulting from the physical and chemical breakdown of rocks. Sand is derived from lots of rock types some of which are calcium carbonate (limestone), aluminum silicate (feldspar) or silicon dioxide (quartz). Lots of items utilized in everyday life are made from sand. Different type of sand are made use of for differing industrial purposes. For instance, sand made use of for cement and concrete can be very various in physical and chemical composition than sand made use of in the making of fiberglass, or container glass.

Sand has a substantial value to society. Youngsters play in it, vacationers relax on it, and the basic population counts on products made or originated from it. Many people see sand as easily offered and reasonably easy to find. However, this is not always true. It takes time and money to establish a deposit to produce sand products to be utilized for construction and industrial uses. Without certain kinds of sand, countries would not have glass items, iron and steel parts for vehicles and trucks, steel structures, and concrete and asphalt for roads, bridges and residences.

Sand and gravel are in some cases dug up from under water in an excavation called a pit. A dredge is commonly used. Dredges, typically as large as a three-story residence, drifts in a natural or synthetic pond. It uses buckets on a constant chain or rotary cutting heads and a suction hose to remove product from listed below the water surface. Equipment on the dredge separates mineral particles from the sand and gravel. Boom conveyors on the dredge then deposit the waste in the area currently mined. A big dredge can deal with 1,000 lots of gravel per hour.

The building aggregate industry is the biggest consumer of sand for use in concrete and asphalt products. Another large customer of sand is the container glass industry.

Container or (Flat) Glass

Flat glass is produced for residential real estate and office buildings. Specialty products like containers, mirrors and table tops make use of flat glass.

Glass Fiber

Fiberglass or glass wool manufacturing is a huge volume user in the building industry. Fiberglass insulation is frequently made use of in the construction of brand-new houses and office buildings to assist regulate heating and air conditioning along with sound. It is also

Foundry Sand

Foundry sand is made use of in developing cores and molds made use of in the casting of iron, steel, copper and aluminum items. In construction, steel and iron beams-known as girders-are used in the building of bridges, large office buildings and some homes. Copper pipelines, aluminum supports as well as the hardware and hand devices utilized in building had their origins at the factory. Foundry sand is the 2nd

Blasting Sand

Sand is used in the construction industry as an abrasive to clean metal.

Other Construction Related Products

Sand is used in stucco, plaster, roofing, bricks, grout, non-skid floors, paint, plastics.

Sand is made use of on the backs of roof shingles as a non-stick part and in some bricks, cement, stucco and plaster for color, strength and weatherability. Sand is made use of as a flattening representative in paint and dispersant for pesticides. It also improves durability, increases scrubability, prevents liquid chalking and improves weatherability. In plastics it improves flexural.

Recreational Products

Sand is used for golf links bunkers and leading dressing sand, play sand, swimming pool filter media and baseball diamond infield mix.

Swimming pool media sand is sold for use in filters for pools at domestic homes.

Baseball infield blended is generally made from sand which has a content of reddish silt or clay adhering to the grains. This offers the visual color to baseball and football fields.

Health Aspects

Producers are aware of any security aspects for this kind of item. Producers of sand take remarkable care in preventing dust on site and in production buildings. All workers are supplied with safety equipment and are effectively protected. In addition, the sand market has been managed for many years by OSHA, MSHA and EPA.

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