I swung by Lowes today to see what kind of mortar (and mortar ingredients) they carry. Neither they nor Home Depot seem to carry white Portland cement, so unless I go through a supplier or lumber yard, it looks like my only choice is gray mortar. However, I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing. Most of the stuff is going underneath the stones, where it won’t be seen. Gray Portland is cheaper than white Portland. What about using gray mortar to bond the stones, then filling in the gaps and other visible areas with white grout? That might be a plan. I just need to look into what kind of “grout” (I put that in quotes, because grout, mortar, etc. all seem to be basically the same thing, namely portland cement, sand, and additives in varying ratios) I would need to get.
|Number||Description||Bag Weight||Bag Price|
|1125||Type N Masonry Cement||70lbs||$8.00|
|1125||Type S Masonry Cement||70lbs||$8.50|
|1136||Mason Mix – Type S Mortar||60lbs||$4.50|
|1136-58||Blended Mortar Mix||80lbs||$5.32|
|1124||Portland Cement Type I/II||94lbs||$9.64|
|1230||“Quikwall” Surface Bond Cement – White||50lbs||$17.00|
|1133||Vinyl Concrete Patch||40lbs||$13.43|
The task now, is to go through all of these, check the Quikrete web site to see what’s actually in each of them, and determine which product(s) are appropriate for my job. Stay tuned.