Have you ever thought much about cement? Its one of the worlds oldest building materials - a simple combination of lime, sand, and gravel that has been confirmed as being used in the Mesopatamia region around the year 300BC. Throughout history, the worlds great civilisations have continued to develop and refine the use of cement - the Egyptians, the Macedonians, the Romans, through into the French and British empires.

Throughout the 19th century, engineers continue to look for ways to improve and enhance cement to achieve a faster setting time and as much early strength as possible.


Today cement is used in all types of situations and in all types of different ways. In this article we look at some of the top uses for cement base.

1. Laying paving

Whatever type of paving that you are requiring - whether it is for commercial or residential purposes, a cement base is particularly essential when you are haunching the edges. Haunching the edges locks your pavers into place and prevents them loosening or dislodging from where you want them to be. Prepare your mix and use a trowel to apply your cement base up against the side of the pavers. Look to Lanko products to help you create the mix that you will need - Lanko’s Admixture is particularly useful for when you are haunching edges on paving projects.

2. Setting posts

If you are keen on a bit of DIY, then one of the most common tasks that you will probably be asked to undertake is to set a post into the ground. It could be a clothesline or a letterbox, but the process is the same. Once you have your post in position, use your cement mix to fill the hole to just below the ground surface. Tamp the mix into position in order to remove any air pockets. Use bracing supports to hold your post in perfect position for at least 24 hours while your mix hardens. It will take about 3 days before your mix has fully hardened and your post is ready for action. Try Lanko’s Matchless Admixture for this type of job.

3. Rendering a brick wall

You can achieve some really unique finishes by rendering brick walls - especially useful in landscape design in your garden. As you apply your render mix make sure that you work it into the mortar joints of the wall to ensure that you are achieving a relatively flat surface. If you get your base application correct, as you apply subsequent coats of render you will be able to achieve a smooth flat surface. Before you can finish painting your rendered wall you have to enable the surface to cure - this will take at least five days and you need to regularly spray the surface with a mist spray to prevent cracking. Lanko has a huge range of rendering products to help you with whatever job you are looking to tackle - big or small.

4. Grouting tiles

Tiling is a tough job, but it is incredibly satisfying to be able to stand back, admire your work, and know that youve got the tiles lined up perfectly and that theyre not going to be falling off the wall any time soon. One of the most important steps when tiling any project is to get the grouting right. Use Lanko’s tile grout products to get the finish and the long-lasting seal that you need to complete your job.

5. Water-proofing a wet area

Whether it is an indoor washroom or an outdoor pool area, effective water-proofing is essential to ensure that the weather or water does not damage your home or property. Use Lanko’s extensive range of water-proofing products to make sure that you have the right tools to get the job done.

It is amazing to think that the building material that was being thousands of years ago by the ingenious Roman engineers to build the dome of the Pantheon or the intricate system of Roman aqueducts, is the same building material that we continue to use today. Cement - it really is a lot more interesting than you would think.