What is The Difference Between Concrete and Cement?

The terms concrete and cement tend to be used interchangeably, and even though they could ‘mean’ the same thing; they don’t always do. When planning your renovation or building construction, it would be good to understand the differences.

Cement

Cement is actually an ingredient found in concrete. Cement serves as a binder for many materials used in construction, for instance, concrete, bricks and other building materials.

The process can be traced back to Ancient Macedonia, but was more widely popularized during the Roman Empire. Early forms of cement used things like lime and pozzolana, a type of volcanic ash. The Romans were able to produce massive structures like the Pantheon and the Roman aqueducts using this formula. - Today I Found Out

The most common type of modern cement is portland cement. Typically it’s made of sintered limestone and aluminosilicate minerals that are ground into a fine powder. This product is known for drying fast and has a high compression strength.

Concrete

As mentioned before, cement is an ingredient of the composition of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates and paste. To be most specific, concrete consists of sand, crushed stone or gravel, water and cement.

The most remarkable trait of concrete is that its plastic component is the reason why it can take so many forms when molded. Concrete’s plastic can be formed into any shape when newly mixed, thereafter it because strong and durable. That explains why the same material can be used to create bridges, highways, houses, dams and sidewalks.

As time passes, concrete actually because stronger. The process of hydration happens when the water and cement harden to form this rocklike mass. Since this process keeps continuing, the material will become harder as the years go by.

So wrapping it up, let’s think of cement as the ‘glue’ in concrete that holds the sand and stone together. It’s not a substance that dries, but rather the hydration process that hardens it. Concrete comes in a variety of forms. It can be made at home, or bought from Die Sement Depot and delivered to your home as a ready-mix.

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