Mortars, Cements, Etc.
We at BellStone Masonry Supply carry a wide range of Bagged Masonry products that are used in the masonry trades such as Brick and Stone Masonry, Retaining Walls, Small Concrete work, Stucco, Thin Veneer applications, and more. Our goal is to have common masonry items that are used in our region plus a few specialty items and accessories. If there is a product you are looking for and we do not stock, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mortar or Masonry Cement (add Sand)
Masonry cement consists of Portland or blended cement, plasticizers, and an air entraining agent. Air-entraining agents protect mortar from freeze-thaw damage and provide additional workability. The specific components of masonry cement may vary depending on the manufacturer and local construction practices. ASTM C91 defines masonry cement by physical requirements and performance properties rather than ingredients. Mortar must conform to ASTM C270, Standard Specification for Mortar for Unit Masonry.
Masonry Cement is mixed with Brick Sand (Masonry Sand) at Ratios (Mortar:Sand) of 1:4 or 1:3.
Type N is generally used on Brick and Stone Veneers (Non-Structural). Although you may feel like the stone/brick on your home is structural, it is not. Veneer on a home or building is virtually a covering that has an air gap held by wall ties. The added strength of Stone/Brick to a home is minimal at best. Some builders and Masons feel it necessary to use Type S on these applications; however, in some cases the amount of portand in Types S can create issues with the Stone or Brick. Having said this many do and have not had an issue to our knowledge.
Type S is used for Structural masonry applications such as Retaining Walls, Patios, CMU or Cinder Blocks. Type S generally has twice the PSI Strength due to additional Portland.
Differences in Brands. There are differences in how each product is manufactured but in most cases it’s Price and Color. For Example, Lehigh White is more off white where as TXI White is much whiter. We also, have dyed mortar. Lehigh Grey is lighter and TXI Grey is darker.
Does Sand make a Difference?
Yes. Sand is an added color pigment to the mortar. Sand is generally mined locally with in 15-20 miles so a county over can produce a different shade.
I want White Mortar!
Opinion if you want white use Reg Brick Sand with TXI White. If you just must have White Sand (twice the Price) we have that too, but the difference in color of the mortar is marginal.
Color isn’t Right?
This can be several factors. First, you can’t tell the first day. White will look cream until its curried. Second could be sand used in the past. Third could be mixed of ratio of Mortar, Sand, and Water. Remember it’s not a science, a mason has a shovel, wheelbarrow, and most of the time estimates water. 4th is aging. Older mortar is hard to match.
Adding Dye VS Preblended Bags
We do not carry the Dyed Powder. We feel that the cost saving isn’t there and the quality control is in the hands of the Mason (no offense to the mason but generally the guy mixing the mortar is the newest guy or lowest on the totem pole). Although you can have some inconsistencies in ratios of Sand and water, the color is precise.
*Note-You must mix the bag 100%. This is due to the make up of ingredients inside the bag. During travel the color can be at one end of the bag so if the whole bag isn’t mixed there can be inconsistencies.
Spectrum Colored Cements are a pre-mixed, high-quality Portland and Hydrated Lime cement. This means no measuring, mixing or uneven coloration that can happen with liquid cement dye colors! Our color cement offers you a great opportunity to add another design dimension to your project. Use Spectrum Color Cements to give the exterior of your home, office, building, church, or school that extra edge people will always notice. Why leave up to 20% of your project’s exterior a dull, colorless gray when Spectrum Color Mortar offers over 25 different color masonry cements! Whether you want to make a statement or just to match – Spectrum Color Cement has the perfect color cement to contrast, match or compliment any type of material including brick, stone, marble, concrete, tile, or glass block.
Masonry Cement Products:
- Lehigh Grey Cement Type S
- TXI Grey Type S
- Lehigh White Type N
- Lehigh White Type S
- TXI White Type S
- Spectrum Dark Brown
- Spectrum Light Brown
- Spectrum Royal Umber
- Spectrum Texas Tan
- Spectrum Black
- Dozens of Additional Colors available to order.
Mason’s Mix has sand included so you just add water. Great for small projects but not cost efficient do a project that would require much more than a few bags. This is due to the price of bagging. It’s costly to bag inexpensive sand when you can buy it in bulk.
- Sakrete Mortar Mix
- Amerimix White Mix
It takes approximately 6 Bags of Portland cement per 1 Yard of Remix.
Portland is generally used by our customers when they are mixing small batches of concrete for footings and small pads (mixing Portland with Remix Sand). The other use is an additive to Masonry Cement giving extra strength. Engineers and construction professionals often specify a certain type of portland cement to meet special requirements of conditions.
Cement types are defined by a variety of standards and specifications. Portland cements conform to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) C150 Standard Specification for Portland Cement and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) A3001. Some cements may meet multiple types. All Lehigh Cement products are manufactured to comply with applicable CSA, ASTM, AASHTO or API Standards.
The standards above address the following types of portland and general use cement:
ASTM Type I (CSA Type GU), Normal / General Use: General purpose portland cement suitable for concrete that does not require special properties. Type I cement is commonly found in general construction applications such as most buildings, bridges, pavements, precast and masonry units, etc.
- Texas Lehigh Grey Portland Cement Type I
- Texas Lehigh White Portland Cement Type I
Just Add Water!
Sakrete Maximizer Concrete is a specially formulated high yield, High-Strength mixture of structural lightweight aggregate and cement. Maximizer Sakcrete Concrete is used for footings, small slabs, post holes, column footings, mailbox foundations, etc.
- Yields 67% more coverage
- 5500 PSI
- Excellent workability
- Exceeds applicable provisions of ASTM C387
Stone Veneer Mortar
AMX 470 SV
Amerimix AMX 470 SVM Stone Veneer Mortar is a pre-blended, high-performance mortar designed to set and grout artificial stone and brick veneers over concrete or masonry substrates.
- Good bond and sheer resistance
- Increased yield compared to typical field mix mortars
- Available in gray and buff and can be custom colored to meet your needs
- Bedding, setting, and grouting.
- Bonding of artificial stone or brick veneers.
- Interior or exterior applications.
- Above- or below-grade applications.
- Vertical or horizontal applications.
Let us help you add a different effect with a mortar color that you may never think would have worked before or even been available! As a credible and reliable landscaping materials and brick supplier, we aim to cater to a wide range of requirements and offer a variety of materials. If you want more information about the materials you can source from us, feel free to call us on 817-441-9590. You can also us this Contact Us form to send us your queries about mortar cost.
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