Concrete & Cement – No, they’re not actually the same thing
Learn the difference between concrete and cement, and discover on True Local the best places to source local supplies in your area.
Often cement and concrete are considered the same thing but, in actual fact, cement is an ingredient in concrete and stands as a building material in its own right. Concrete is a composite of gravel and sand (aggregates), water, and cement. It’s a durable material when laid and dried correctly, and forms the foundation base for most modern homes.
Concrete vs. cement laying – what’s the most cost effective?
Laying concrete is not cheap and often asphalting driveways works out as a cheaper alternative for immediate out-of-pocket expenses. But concrete is incredibly durable and it is this long life that ultimately works out to be the most cost effective.
Why is concrete so expensive?
The most expensive ingredient in the raw materials is cement. This highly processed ingredient is treated in massive factories and ground to fine powder and then added to concrete mixes. It acts as a type of gluing agent which binds the sand and gravel, drying hard and durable.
The act of laying concrete is also a tricky and time-consuming business. Depending upon where the concrete will go, what it will be expected to endure and the depth of concrete needed, earthworks, levelling, drainage, and surveying might be required. This process involves a lot of different types of machinery, labour hours and good luck with weather.
Where do I get it?
Concrete and cement mixes are available from most hardware stores in relatively small quantities but local suppliers who can do you a better price on larger amounts are well worth the search. Use our business listings for local layers and suppliers in your area and benefit from rates and reviews of the best suppliers in town.