There are two basic types of cement board: fast and slow.
Fast cement boards are used to build walls and roofs.
Slow cement boards have a shorter life span, but are more durable.
Fast board uses a lot of water to hold the concrete together.
Slow boards can be used for other purposes such as reinforcing concrete.
In both cases, the boards are poured in a bucket or a mortar bag.
If you want to learn more about the different types of boards, check out this primer by our friends at The Cement Board Blog.
What is fast cement?
Fast cement is water-based cement.
The fast cement in question is actually made up of three layers: a layer of water (the cement), a layer that holds the concrete (the mortar), and a layer in between the two (the pebbles).
The mortar layer is typically made of water-repellent clay, and is typically used to help the cement adhere to walls.
The pebble layer is made of rock-solid concrete.
Fast concrete is generally more durable than slow.
This means it will last longer.
How does it compare to slow cement?
Slow cement is more durable because it’s usually poured into a bucket.
Slow concrete has a lower life span.
Fast is more flexible and lasts longer.
Slow is more prone to cracking.
If it breaks, it will often cause a large amount of damage to the building.
How much does fast cement cost?
Fast concrete typically sells for between $50 and $70 per cubic foot, depending on the type of fast cement.
Slow costs about $15 per cubic meter.
How to use fast and Slow cement to build your home Fast cement has a longer life span than slow cement.
This allows the fast cement to adhere to the concrete in a more durable way.
Slow has a shorter lifespan because it is usually poured in the mortar, which can last longer but will not be as durable.
If the fast board breaks, you can usually use it as a substitute for slow cement in the future.
Fast can be applied directly to walls, or poured in an existing mortar bag to add extra durability to the cement.
Fast boards can also be used to reinforce concrete, and are often used to provide support in a structure.
What to look for in fast and slower cement Fast and slow cement often have similar materials and finishes.
If a fast board has a clear top, it’s probably slow.
If there is a darker color, it could be fast.
The same applies to the pebbled layer, which usually has a slightly more durable finish.
Slow and fast cement often use different types and colors of cement.
Some fast cement is poured directly into the mortar and the pebbbles are mixed with it.
This can cause some problems if the pebs are not properly mixed.
You can also add a pebbling layer to slow board to make it less prone to cracks.
You also might need to consider adding a pebling layer to fast board if you’re building a structure that has large amounts of rubble.
What types of fast and fast boards are available?
Fast and fast concrete usually has more durable cement, but also less flexible.
If fast board is poured into concrete, it usually lasts longer because the peBbles are usually much harder to mix with.
Slow board is used for reinforcing concrete, like in concrete walls and roof decks.
Slow will not stick well to concrete.
How fast does fast and slowset cement cost for different types?
The cheapest fast cement for construction is between $15 and $30 per cubic yard.
The cheapest slow cement for building is between 50 and 100 cents per cubic yards.
The fastest slow cement is between 10 and 25 cents per square foot.
Slow, fast, and slow are not interchangeable.
If your home needs a faster cement, you should look for fast cement instead.
If slow cement isn’t available, look for slow board instead.
How long will fast and speedy cement last?
Fast, fast and quick are usually able to last for a number of years.
Fast and faster will last for anywhere from two to five years.
Slow tends to last much longer than fast.
Fast tends to have a longer lifespan than slow, but will often crack.
How do I choose fast and faster cement for my home?
Most fast cement will work for almost any type of building.
Fast, slow, and fast are usually the most popular types for building projects.
If concrete is your main focus, you might want to consider the slow board.
Slow (top) and fast (bottom) are more expensive.
Slow requires more sand to work with.
Fast requires a higher amount of sand and will last much more.
How can I tell if fast or slow is best for my project?
The easiest way to tell fast or fast is to check out the color of the peblings in the fast and the slow boards.
If either of the boards looks different, fast is probably best.
If both boards look similar, slow is probably better.
If one board looks darker