7 Mortar and Concrete Differences Every Civil Engineer Should Know – Mortar vs Concrete

Mortar and Concrete

Mortar is a mixture of sand and cement that is usually used to build bricks or blocks. Concrete on the other hand has a composition of broken stone, sand, cement and water. This article concentrates on the basic differences in between mortar vs concrete.

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Differences between mortar vs concrete

There are many who are confused on the differences between cement, mortar and concrete. Previously, we discussed the dissimilarities of cement and concrete. Now let’s discuss about the differences between mortar and concrete.



  • Thick mixture of sand and cement (its composing elements).
  • Mixture of sand and cement and water but also chippings of stones and rocks.
  • It is less durable than concrete.
  • Because of its composing elements it is much stronger as compared to the former.
  • The water to cement ratio is higher in mortar and hence acts as perfect glue to bonding materials like brick.
  • Has to be replaced every 25-50 years hence not practical for use.
  • Works intact for a really long time and hence finds application in several purposes.
  • Best used as a bonding element, for example glue together bricks or such.
  • Best used for support such as beams walls and other building foundations i.e. structural purposes.
  • Less strong, thick mixture, less durable as the latter.
  • Thinner, stronger more durable as compared to the former.
  • Mortar finds application as a bonding element.
  • Concrete finds application in structural and decorative purposes like beams, fireplaces, walls etc.

Let us know in the comments section if we have missed any of the differences so that we can include it in the above mortar vs concrete comparison table.

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