Since we are in the ready mix concrete business as well as the cement business we often hear people refer to ready mix concrete as cement. We often hear people say things like "can I schedule a delivery of cement?" when what the really mean is can they schedule a delivery of ready mix concrete.
We don't mind hearing cement when we understand that what you really meant was ready mix concrete and we are happy to explain the difference when we have the opportunity to do so. This is one of those opportunities when we can take the time to point out the differences between ready mix concrete and cement.
Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is basically a mixture of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone; the paste is water and portland cement. Concrete gets stronger as it gets older. Portland cement is not a brand name, but the generic term for the type of cement used in virtually all concrete, just as stainless is a type of steel and sterling a type of silver. Cement comprises from 10 to 15 percent of the concrete mix, by volume. Through a process called hydration, the cement and water harden and bind the aggregates into a rocklike mass. This hardening process continues for years meaning that concrete gets stronger as it gets older.
So, there is no such thing as a cement sidewalk, or a cement mixer; the proper terms are concrete sidewalk and concrete mixer.
Now that you know the difference between cement and ready mix concrete, the next time someone talks about their new cement patio, or cement driveway or a cement sidewalk or the ever popular "cement pond", you can explain to them that what they are actually referring to is concrete.
Please keep in mind that when you need concrete for any project around your home, that we deliver ready mix concrete throughout the Detroit metro area of southeast Michigan. Please give us a call and let us help you when you need ready mix concrete delivered for your next home improvement project. If you have other questions about ready mix concrete give us a call or stop by our Westland, Michigan location. We'll do our absolute best to help you with all of your ready mix needs in southeast Michigan.
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