Comparing the two would be like comparing flour to a complete cake.
We’ve asked expert and Blue Circle Cement’s own Dr Bill Price for a
low down on the key differences.
“Cement is a powder and is the ‘glue’ that holds concrete together,”
Dr Price said.
“Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand and aggregate (stone) with water.
“Without the aggregate, (cement and sand mixture) is called mortar.”
Dr Price said both concrete and mortar were versatile materials.
Concrete’s popularity as a design material is booming among interior
“Concrete is strong, durable and can be cast in moulds of various
shapes,” Dr Price said.
Although it’s a less creative material – mortar’s role in the scheme
of construction is equally as important.
“It’s used for either holding bricks together to make walls or for
rendering surfaces to improve the appearance.”
VERDICT: Cement is an ingredient of concrete. They are not the same entity or material.