The words "cement" and "concrete" are often used interchangeably, but Portland cement is a powdered ingredient used to create the familiar, gray hardscape used for driveways, patios, and sidewalks. Thus, when people talk about white or colored cement, they mean white or colored concrete. However, setting nomenclature aside, the question remains — how do you create this white material? In the following sections, Builder's Concrete East — an experienced supplier of Portland cement in Windham, CT — explains white concrete.
What Is White Concrete?
To eliminate the gray, manufacturers must carefully choose their ingredients. For instance, they use Portland cement that contains very little iron or manganese, the minerals that cause conventional cement to look gray. Moreover, they use only the whitest chalk and the lightest colored sand. This mixture results in concrete that has a much paler hue than normal. White Portland cement is much finer than its conventional cousin, so the resulting concrete is smoother, whiter, and more attractive.
What Is White Concrete Used For?
The white mixture is primarily used for flooring, ornamental products — such as statues, interior and exterior decorations — and architectural flourishes. Its light color also makes it easier to pigment, so it is often used to create colored concrete. Because it costs more and takes up to 40% more energy to produce, it is not suitable for purely structural purposes.
White and conventional gray concrete have essentially the same curing times and structural properties. The only difference is color. If you have a specialty project that requires white cement, contact Builder's Concrete East in Windham, CT. They offer unmatched reliability and consistency in their products and services. For over 50 years, they've been supplying quality ready-mix concrete and blocks and pavers to buyers throughout Connecticut. Visit their website to view location information or call (860) 456-4111 to discuss your options with an experienced professional.