Now that you’ve taken on yet another construction project, you’re no doubt realizing just how many different types of building materials there are. From sand to stone, finishings to accessories, there’s more than one way to get things done. However, getting the cement type right is perhaps the most crucial element of any construction. Get it wrong, and you could be looking at a potentially hazardous situation. This segment aims to educate on all the different cement types, their properties, uses, and the only mixer worth trusting with your mix.
Gray Ordinary Portland Cement
Introducing the most popular type of cement, ordinary Portland is a high quality, and incredibly cost effective building material comprised mainly of clinker. This type meets all the applicable physical and chemical requirements; making it widely popular in virtually all construction segments including residential, industrial, commercial and public infrastructure. In addition to ordinary gray cement, there are plenty of other types and varieties of the stuff.
Acid Resistance Cement
Consisting primarily of acid resistance aggregates like quartzite and other additives, this type of cement is used for acid and heat resistant coating insulations. This variety is popular in chemical industries that deal with extremely corrosive or hot materials that could damage ordinary surfaces.
Blast Furnace Cement
As the name suggests, this cement type is obtained from slag in blast furnaces during the manufacture of pig iron. Typically, it contains all the basic elements of cement such as lime, silica, and alumina. Blast furnace cement is pretty much the same as ordinary cement, but the use of slag which is a waste product makes it far more economical.
This type of cement is obtained by intimately mixing several mineral pigments with ordinary cement. Materials such as Chromium oxide give a wide range of colors such as brown, red and yellow. Colored cements are ideal for finishing windows, floors, artificial marble and other external surfaces.
Expanding cement is made by adding expanding mediums such as sulpho-aluminate and a stabilizing agent to ordinary cement. Whereas ordinary cement shrinks, this type does the opposite and expands. It’s ideal for repairing damaged concrete surfaces as well as in the construction of water retaining structures.
This is a type of cement infused with admixtures such as oxidized petrolatum and acidol napthene soap that decrease the wetting ability of the cement grains. Hydrophobic cement is used to considerably improve the frost and water resistance of concrete.
Low Heat Cement
Did you know that a considerable amount of heat is produced when cement is setting? In an effort to reduce the heat, some contractors use low heat cement. This type is primarily used for mass concrete works since it processes far less compressor strength.
Quick Setting Cement
Quick setting cement is manufactured by adding a percentage of aluminum sulphate to ordinary cement to help accelerate the setting action. As the name suggests, this cement type really dries quickly; it typically hardens in less than 30 minutes. So make sure all the mixing and placing operations are well done before then.
Here’s another variety of ordinary cement that is also prepared from raw materials. However, the materials used to make white cement are practically free from chromium, manganese, or any coloring oxides. Similarly, this type is also burned using oil fuel as opposed to coal. White cement is ideal for plaster works, floor finish and ornamental works.
There you have it; all the different types of cement laid down for you to pick out. But no matter what cement, aggregates or any other building materials you want to mix, you’ll need a Soroto cement mixer to do the job. Not only are Soroto forced action mixers portable enough to take anywhere, but they also offer a perfectly homogenous mix with minimal air entrapment. Get your mixer today and see for yourself why every construction site has Soroto helping them out.