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Those who are not an expert of how the difference between ready mix concrete and cement differ or are related may consider it a same thing and just think of it as a product which binds the bricks together. But there are many details which tell them apart and going through them will give a vivid picture of the downs and pros of both, which ingredients act as their constructive material, their origin and the current demand of both of them.

I have separated out the peculiarities of both of them and explained them in this article, so an inexperienced person can tell them apart easily and have the basic knowledge of them while dealing with any of them during his construction project.


Cement is added in concrete in a fixed proportion which then forms different types of concrete. The constructionists make a pasty liquid with cement, rock aggregates and water and keep it for some time and even days to set.


Concrete, especially ready mix, is flexible, versatile and easy to use or make, even in home for DIY projects. The type of strength you desire for the construction can be easily achieved depending on how much water or other contents are you adding. Its durability can also be increased if you talk to a certified specialist or buy directly from them. I recently tried the Pro-mix concrete’s concrete for a patio in my house and I saw amazing results within days. Also, it is easy to paint. However, I recommend that before adding water, talk to a specialist as you can easily damage the toughness of the mixture if you do not know the right amount of water to be added.

The contents of Cement v. Concrete


It has many ingredients ranging from; calcium, iron, rocks, sand, silicon, clay. NaOH etc. crushed by special machines and ground to fine powder.


It has cement with all its ingredients, H2O and other aggregates in quite a fixed ratio.

Clinker formation

The cement after being heated at high heat or temperature, turns into clinker. It is just like bricks but in an uneven shape ready to be ground into powder and ultimately to be identified as cement.

However, this is not the case of ready mix concrete as it is mixed and then directly applied where necessary and has many types ranging from C10, C15, …, C45 etc.

The origin of cement v. ready-mix concrete

One of the most advanced nations and developed nations in history was the Roman. Their buildings and the roads or paths they made around the borders of their empire are still today present. After centuries even they have successfully survived the turmoil and devastation. During the formation of those roads, cement was used. At the time, all the ingredients were hand crushed as there was no electricity or heavy machinery. The capital Macedon had highly stable and strong aqueducts, mausoleums, arenas etc. All because of the cement which was made from natural and earthy material.

However, ready-mix concrete is the product of new times and is made specifically to reduce the efforts and hard work of the constructionists. Also, it does not go waste like cement.

Types of ready mix concrete vs cement 

The types of cement include mortar, Portland, grout, etc. Another one is stucco. The cement types which do not have ironclads crushed into them are the most expensive ones and are considered to be pure.

On the other hand, concrete mixes have been categorized into generations or ration of 10, 15, 20 and so on as mentioned above. The higher you go, the more strength you get in these types. Pro-mix concrete has experts who will explain to you in detail where both of these are applied and how you can differentiate between them just by looking.

What makes ready mix concrete more effective and desirable

Cement is not as flexible as concrete is. All the ingredients which form cement are already a part of concrete as the former will be added into the latter. Apart from this, other material such as aggregates of rocks, plasticizers, etc. are mixed to upscale the workability of concrete. Some constructionists even skip the cement at all while making the concrete mixture because the other elements make up for it and give the desired result. So why spend extra if it is affordable this way?

Another main advantage which cannot be ignored and which clearly makes the whole picture of buying concrete mix vivid is that they can be customized. Just tell the requirements of your project, be it a simple home one or a complex office building’s one. The experts will make the best suitable mixture for you without charging so much extra and will also advise you on how to use it effectively.

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