Mortar FAQs

Have questions about mortar and CEMEX ready-mixed mortar products? Check out our list of frequently asked questions about ready mix mortar and how it is used to find the answer you're looking for.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mortar

What is Mortar?

Mortar is a mixture of cement, sand and (sometimes) lime. It is most commonly used for bedding bricks to build walls but has other uses as well.

What Is Mortar Used For?

Mortar is used to bind bricks, blocks and stones together when building walls and other structures.

What Is The difference Between Concrete & Mortar?

Both concrete and mortar are used in a wide variety of building and construction projects - but for a variety of different tasks. It's important to note that concrete is generally far stronger than mortar and therefore more suited for areas like structural support (wall-forming), building foundations and floors. Mortar is predominantly used for binding blocks, stones and bricks together.

What Types Of Mortar Are Available?

CEMEX offers 3 main types of mortar, including:

  1. Wet ready to use mortar
  2. Dry ready to use mortar (via silos or in bags)
  3. Lime sand for mortar

Mortar can be made available in a variety of colours and shades - to find out more we recommend looking at our mortar colour-match guide - you can even request free colour swatches to be mailed out.

What Is Dry Silo Mortar?

Dry Silo Mortar (DSM) is a mixture of cement, sand and admixtures that is typically delivered in bulk tankers to store on site in portable, sealed silos to allow for mixing and preperation at the work site rather than remotely.