If you already know that there is a difference between cement and concrete, then you are well ahead of most of the world. The fact of the matter is there are massive differences between cement and concrete; one of the most important is the difference in strength between the new materials. Let’s take a closer look at why strength matters and which is stronger, cement or concrete.
We’re not going to go into all the details about the differences between cement and concrete. If you’re curious, be sure to go back and look at our previous blog post about just that! However, it is important to understand the basic difference: cement is part of the mixture that goes into making concrete. A good way of thinking about this is to think of cement as milk and concrete as ice cream. Yes, ice cream has milk in it but also a lot of other ingredients.
Let’s start with the basics: concrete is significantly stronger than cement. Cement is a durable material in its own right, but it simply does not compare to concrete. That’s why cement is usually used for smaller, more decorative projects.
Cement is made up of calcium and silica-rich materials, that means that on it’s own is prone to cracking. Cracks in cement or concrete can have a detrimental effect on the overall strength of the structure. This can be very problematic if we’re talking about a building a foundation, a driveway or a road. That’s why most buildings opt for cement instead of concrete.
It is important to point out the timeline that you should have in mind when we talk about the durability differences between cement and concrete. A good cement structure can absolutely last for decades if it’s properly cared for. In contrast, a properly cared for concrete structure has the potential to last for centuries. So, if you are considering a small home improvement project you should most certainly take a look at cement. It can save you a substantial amount of money, and still last for years.
It’s also worth pointing out that not all cement is the same, this is equally true for concrete. Be sure to do your research before deciding what you are going to use for your project. For example, some cement may be more aesthetically pleasing, but weaker. Concrete is a mixture and there are all kinds of different mixtures for various projects. Some dry more quickly, some require more care but create a much stronger structure.
If all of this is too overwhelming it might be worth hiring a professional. A good concrete contractor can advise you on what mixture is best for your project and give you an accurate estimate for your services. Depending on the size and scope of your project, you might actually save yourself some money by hiring a professional.
To learn more we encourage you to reach out to Razorback Concrete. Their staff are absolute experts in their field and are always willing to work with you to create a final product that’s affordable, and professional. Visit www.razorbackconcrete.com to learn more.