Silica sand is one of the most common varieties of sand found in the world. It is used for a wide range of applications. ... So silica sand is quartz that over the years, through the work of water and wind, has been broken down into tiny granules.
It is the primary component in a variety of building and construction products. For improved durability and structural integrity, whole grain silica is used in flooring, mortars, specialty cement, roofing shingles, asphalt mixtures, skid-resistant surfaces and in other industrial materials.