Cement and concrete are often thought to be the same product but they’re not, learn how cement is made.
Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates, sand and rock, water and cement = Concrete is widely used for making foundations, bridges/overpasses, highways, dams and more.
What concrete mix do I need?
With so many types of concrete mixes, it’s important to know what mix you need to make your project a success. Whether you are setting a fence post or pouring a driveway or patio, this article will help you understand the difference between mixes, let’s start with the famous 6bag concrete mix.
What is a 6 bag concrete mix.
The 6 bag mix is the counts of Portland cement added to a concrete mix among other ingredients, when 6 bags/sacks of cement is added to a concrete mix will achieve strength of 4000psi or higher. In general, the more bags is added to the concrete mix the stronger will be, most mixes takes from 5 to 7 bags of portland cement. Each bag of Portland cement is in average 94 pounds per bag.
Exposed aggregate concrete mix
Exposed aggregate is given name to a concrete mix and to a type of concrete finish. Ready mix concrete is generally a mix of sand, cement, water, and aggregate. The aggregate in this case is a selected type of river pea gravel mostly rounded and colored, this pea gravel is the final product but not the most important. For the exposed aggregate concrete mix is added more Portland cement to creat a harder and stronger mix to holdup the aggregate exposed without popping
When to use 3000psi concrete mix
Pounds per square inch (psi) measures the compressive strength of concrete. A higher psi means a given concrete mixture is stronger, the ideal concrete psi for a given project depends on various factors, but the bare minimum for any project usually starts around 2,500 to 3,000 psi and this mixes are often used for foundation, base for fence poles etc…
To produce a 3000 psi mix is added 5 bags/sack of Portland cement
High tech concrete mix
The Deco-Crete 5000 is a one component high flow concrete mix. Deco-Crete 5000 is mixed with water and applied from 2” thick to full depth. Product includes 3/8” aggregate and flow agents. Deco-Crete 5000 is a special blend of cement, aggregate and exclusive modified and designed for special projects like a counter top for example.