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Concrete or Cement: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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Often the terms concrete and cement are used interchangeably. Did you know there is a difference, and they actually don’t mean the same thing? At Hilltop Concrete, we create precast concrete fencing for all different types of locations including commercial, public works, residential developments, and utility sites. Concrete is a great fencing option because it is strong, sturdy, and durable. As you consider installing a concrete fence at your site, it’s important to know how concrete differs from cement.

Concrete vs. Cement

Cement and concrete are not the same things. In fact, cement is a material that is an ingredient in concrete. According to specifyconcrete.org, “cement is a binding agent that can be used to stick various building materials together.” Concrete on the other hand is “a durable building material that uses cement as one of its components.” Other ingredients in concrete include stone, water, and sand. When you hear someone say “cement sidewalk,” technically they are just referring to one ingredient in the sidewalk. All of the ingredients together (including cement) are what create concrete as a building material. This combination of materials is what makes concrete so strong and durable.

Why a Concrete Fence?

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We know what you are thinking. A concrete fence? Isn’t that boring and bland? At Hilltop Concrete, we have different patterns and styles available so that you won’t even know you are looking at a concrete fence. These styles include StackedStone, OldBrick, ChiselStone, and RanchRail. Our fences are finished on both sides and can also be painted to fit your design needs. Most of the time, people won’t even be able to tell that your fence is made of concrete! Our attractive designs blend in with the style of your residence or business so that your fence is not an eyesore.  

Benefits of Concrete Fencing

One major benefit of a concrete fence is that it will be extremely durable, weather-resistant, and long-lasting. In fact, our precast fences can last up to 30+ maintenance-free years. Since our fences are precast, they are quick and easy to install. Another benefit is the security that concrete fences give a property. The fences are very strong, manufactured using 5,000 PSI strength concrete with rebar reinforcement. Our fences provide top-level security and privacy for your property. Our concrete fencing is also environmentally friendly and sustainable, which are important factors to many businesses and homeowners.

Now that you know a little more about the difference between concrete and cement, it’s time to start thinking about how concrete fencing would benefit your property. From the durability to the longevity of these fences, they are a great option for any type of property. In addition, they are extremely strong and provide a high level of security that you might not get with other types of fencing. For more information about the benefits of concrete fencing and the installation process, contact Hilltop Concrete today