The article on portland cement quality features is prepared in collaboration with Telling Company, the engineering enterprise massively applying hydraulic lime, lime mortar and concrete materials in its projects. The UK-based business concentrates its efforts on residential and commercial architectural, design and engineering projects, collaborating with the industry experts and utilising the most efficient and modern materials.
Portland cement is used mainly for concrete and reinforced concrete structures in the ground, underground and underwater structures, including those that are prone to freeze-thaw. As the first choice solutions portland cements are used only in those cases where there is no cheaper binder alternative – air and hydraulic lime, blended cements and others. When choosing cement it is required to keep in mind introduction of solutions, water-retaining additives – lime, clay, ash, ground limestone, and others. In any case of using portland cement it should be taken into account that there are special versions of this binder – fast curing, plasticized, hydrophobic and white, as well as mixed based on Portland cement or lime-based. In addition, possible to use other kinds of cements, which are also necessary to keep in mind when choosing a sustainable binder for specific construction purposes. They are all in one way or another are discussed below.