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Different Uses for Aggregates in Portland

Based in Portland, H & D Skip Hire has been a staple of the local community since 1985. As a well-established skip hire company, we offer a wide range of services, including:

  • Same Day Skip Hire

  • Short-term Skip Hire

  • Long-term Skip Hire

  • Aggregate Delivery

  • Grab Lorry Hire

  • Muck Away Services

  • Roll on Roll off Skips (RORO Skips)

  • Rubbish Clearance Services

  • Waste Management

To learn more about the company, please head to our testimonials page. You can read customer reviews of our same day skip hire, aggregate delivery, muck away services, RORO skips, waste management and various other services in the Portland area.

Aggregates are a valuable resource in the construction industry. Versatile, cheap and widely available, they can used in various ways. Below, we look at some of the most common applications for aggregates.



You don’t need to be a professional skip hire company and aggregate supplier to know how crucial concrete is in the world of construction. Concrete is used in everything from small landscaping projects to towering skyscrapers and is a strong and reliable building material. Concrete is primarily made up of sand, 10-20mm aggregate and cement.


In our work as providers of roll on roll off skips, rubbish clearance, grab lorry hire and other related services, H & D Skip Hire understands the value of waste management. While we can collect and dispose of waste and debris from any site across Dorset, drainage systems are also a way of managing wastewater and fluids on a daily basis. Storm and sewage drains use various grades of aggregate to promote drainage and protect the drainage channels from damage. Distinctly coloured sand aggregate can be especially useful for drainage systems. If a groundworker finds aggregate in the ground that isn’t typically found in the area, this can warn them that they’re digging near fragile cables and drainage systems, preventing them from damaging the drainage system.


For centuries, even dating back to Roman times, aggregates have been used as a sub-base.  Creating a mix of different aggregate grades and compaction can create a strong layer with excellent drainage to place surfaces on. From tarmac to block paving, from patio slabs to concrete, various surfacing techniques require 100-150mm of compacted sub-base to form a resilient layer for construction.


Cement and sand aggregates combined together to make mortar, a versatile construction component for hundreds of years. Mortar combines bricks, stone, slabs and roof ridge tiles together, making them strong and highly resistant to moisture.

Decorative Aggregates

As a professional skip hire company and aggregate supplier, many people come to us for grab lorry hire, roll on roll off skips, rubbish clearance and other services with functionality in mind. However, while aggregates are highly useful in various aspects of construction, they can also be used for decorative purposes. If you want a low-budget way to decorate your Portland home, you can come to us for colour pebbles, gravel and sand that can add to your property’s aesthetic appeal. Aggregates like these can be a long-lasting and inexpensive way to decorate the exterior of your Dorset home.

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For professional delivery and supply of aggregates from a reliable skip hire company in Portland, call H & D Skip Hire today on 01305 861116 or 07763 178283.