Concrete Mixes 101: Which Mix Should You Use for Your Project?


Concrete is one of the longest-lasting, most economical building materials. It is known to have many beneficial performance features, including high strength, durability and low maintenance.

As such, concrete is a versatile material that can be used for long-lasting, durable walkways, colorful patios, unique countertop designs and even decorative concrete accents, among many other applications.

No matter the application, Sakrete offers a wide selection of quality, consistent concrete mixes to suit your DIY project needs.

Project: Concrete Driveways, Slabs, Patios, Walkways, Stairs, Foundation Walls or Footings
Best Product(s) to Use: SAKRETE® 5000 Plus, SAKRETE MAXIMIZER® or SAKRETE Crack Resistant Concrete Mix

Sakrete 5000 Plus and Sakrete MAXIMIZER are durable, highly versatile concrete products that both provide professional strength of at least 5000 psi, making them ideal for creating strong, stable concrete slabs, driveways, walkways and much more.

Use Sakrete 5000 Plus High Strength Concrete Mix for repair and building projects where concrete thickness is 2 inches or more and demands excellent strength. It is a professional-grade blend of portland cement, sand and gravel that is formulated for superior durability.

Sakrete MAXIMIZER Concrete Mix is a specially formulated high-yield mixture of structural lightweight aggregate and cement. It provides excellent workability and greater coverage than standard concrete, while also delivering high strength for a variety of concrete applications.

To reduce the risk of shrinkage cracks, use Sakrete Crack Resistant Concrete Mix for projects with concrete thickness of 2 inches or greater. It is a professional-strength blend of cementitious materials, sand, stone and fibers that helps eliminate the need for wire mesh in many non-critical applications.

Project Tip: Add a touch of color to your concrete designs with SAKRETE Cement Colors, which can be combined with any concrete mix.

Project: Setting Fence Posts, Mailboxes or Basketball Poles
Best Product to Use: SAKRETE Fast-Setting Concrete Mix

Sakrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix is a preblended mixture of special cementitious materials, sand and coarse aggregate that quickly sets within 30 minutes. It is ideal for projects that necessitate a rapid set for same-day use. Fast-Setting Concrete Mix also allows you to set posts and poles with no mixing or bracing required.

Sakrete also offers its SAKRETE Fence Post Concrete Mix, which is a mixture of sand, coarse aggregate and cementitious materials specifically designed for setting fence posts.

Project Tip: Sakrete offers helpful concrete calculators to determine how much material you’ll need for your project.

Project: Concrete Countertops
Best Product to Use: Sakrete Countertop Mix, Sakrete 5000 Plus Concrete Mix

High-strength concrete mixes offer exceptional durability and long-lasting performance. Be sure to choose a high-strength concrete mix like Sakrete 5000 Plus High Strength Concrete Mix, or Sakrete Concrete Countertop mix for your concrete countertop project to ensure it will remain strong and durable over time.

Project Tip: Check out our Concrete Countertop Project Planning Guide for inspiration and tips to create your own distinct concrete countertop design.

Working on a different concrete project? SAKRETE can help with project advice, product information, and how-to videos.


  • Lee-Technical Service

    Countertop Amateur, this can be done with unsanded tile grout or a slurry of Portland cement. The unsanded tile grout will work for most of the areas and the slurry will work for the tiny areas. We do not have any procedure recommendations. But there is plenty of applications recommendations on the internet, as well as sanding and polishing.
  • Countertop Amateur

    I used Sakrete 5000 Plus for an island coutertop and I need to fill in some holes and imperfections. What’s the best material to use (without aggregate) for a nice smooth finish? Any recommendations on sandpaper also?
  • Lee-Technical Service

    ActionSlab, sorry but we do not have a material that can be placed over paint. All of the paint would have to be removed before applying any cement based materials.
  • ActionSlab

    I want to resurface the painted concrete floor of a 2,000 sq ft commercial building. The main purpose is to cover the paint so I can start with a blank canvas so to speak. The existing floor is in good condition with minimal cracks, if any.
  • Lee-Technical Service

    Scott, our Fast Setting Cement Patcher can be placed from 1/4" up to 2" in thickness. Make sure that the area is clean prior to application.
  • Scott

    I just completed a project that required me to frame out basement windows. I secured pressure treated wood around all sides of the window openings, but have several large holes and/or gaps around the pressure treated wood (where the previous wood previously existed which was placed when the concrete/foundational walls were curing). Which type of concrete should I use to patch these holes up? In some areas the gap is very small (less than 1/2") and in other areas the gaps are larger than 2". Is there one item that will work for both?
  • Lee-Technical Service

    Judd, you will need to use a couple of products due to the severity of the cracks. The first thing that you will need to do is wait until your temperatures are above 40 degrees for a minimum of 24 hours. Then you will need to properly prep the surface. Pressure wash the area and allow the water puddles to go away. You should repair the cracks while the concrete is damp. The Fast Setting Cement Patcher can be placed from 1/2" up to 2" in thickness. You will need to apply one layer and give it 45 minutes to an hour before applying the next layer. For the thinner cracks you will need to use the Sakrete Top-N-Bond. It can be applied from 1/2" down to a featheredge. Allow the last layer of Fast Setting Cement to dry for at least 45 minutes to an hour before applying the Top-N-Bond. Be sure that you apply all of the layers within 24 hours, if not, you will have to wait 28 days to apply the next layer.
  • Judd

    I want to patch a badly cracked garage floor: cracks range from 1/8" to 3-4" wide by 3" deep. The garage temperatures seem to be about 35-40 degrees.
  • Lee-Technical Service

    Frank, we do not have a material that can be poured in freezing weather. You will have to look at a commercial material, magnesium based concrete, for that application or wait until the temperatures are suitable for that application.
  • Frank

    I am replacing a front porch and need to go with deeper footers for code. The footer has to be 38" deep w/ 24"w x 12"d concrete to support the 6"x6"x14' posts for the structure. Here's the catch: The temperatures will be ~25deg.F day / 15deg.F night.
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