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Cement or Concrete?

Technically, cement is the major ingredient (along with sand, gravel, water, and other possible additives) used to make concrete mix. So when you refer to the finished product, “concrete” is the proper term, though people often say “cement” to mean the same thing. Different types of cement mixes are used to form different types of concrete, which can be used in different construction applications.

Want a Concrete Patio?

Concrete is one of the most popular construction materials in the nation. It is strong, durable, and versatile enough to be used in many applications. Additionally, poured concrete can be made to have many different appearances, making it suitable for everything from sidewalks and roads to living room floors. One of the benefits of pouring concrete is that it can take whatever shape you want it to form. This makes it a perfect material for creating a flat, solid surface in almost any situation, even when poured over itself!

Pouring Concrete Patios
What’s not to like about a concrete patio? They’re inexpensive, low-maintenance, and in most cases, they are a viable option for households that want a little more outdoor living in their lives. They can be covered to be perfect for relaxing on a sunny summer day or fitted with a fireplace or stove to accommodate winter use. In the world of home improvement, poured concrete patios are also one of the more simple home improvement projects you can enter, as well.
Pouring concrete is not, however, completely fool-proof. If you mix it yourself, getting the right consistency can be difficult. Additionally, you have to worry about having the proper surface to pour your concrete upon. In many cases, you’ll need to dig deeper than the actual thickness you want the concrete to be and create a gravel base. You may also want to add reinforcement (for a patio, wire mesh should be sufficient). Concrete can also be finished in several different ways, each of which can require some attention to detail.

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