Cement plasters are made from a mixture of sand and cement with the addition of water. Such solutions are called mineral and they are easily applied to vertical and horizontal surfaces. Unlike acrylic and silicone mixtures, cement ones are much cheaper. Such a coating on the wall perfectly passes steam and is easily cleaned of dirt. Finishing will last up to 12 years, and some options are designed up to 30 years. There are solutions for indoor and outdoor use. If you want to cover the walls of a house or apartment with cement-bonded plaster, pay attention to the list of the best products selected by experts.
Rating of the best cement plasters
The best leveling cement plasters
After laying concrete blocks, aerated concrete or bricks, walls are often plastered to level the surface before final finishing. For this, cement plasters are used, which can be applied with a layer of 10-40 mm. This allows you to eliminate differences in the height of the plane and close the cracks. Then the final decorative coating is applied. Here are the best leveling cement mixtures that have proven themselves well on construction sites in the Russian Federation.
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Weber Vetonit TT
Headed the category product from the manufacturer Weber. Cement plaster is available in 25 kg bags and is suitable for application on bricks, expanded clay blocks, gas silicate and concrete surfaces. Then it can be painted, glued on top of wallpaper or tiled. The plaster is designed to level the walls and can be applied both indoors and outdoors. But the maximum layer thickness in one pass is allowed up to 10 mm, so with strong differences in the height of the plane, it will take a long time to work with it. But the cement mortar has an increased compressive strength – 6-8 MPa, which means that the finish will turn out to be strong and subsequently there will be fewer cracks from shrinkage of the house.
Experts considered cement-based plaster to be the best due to its pronounced resistance to moisture. Thanks to this, the finish lasts a long time in the bathroom, bathroom or outside the building.
- mechanized and manual application is acceptable;
- suitable for wet areas;
- clings well to any base;
- variety of finishes.
- more expensive than other similar materials;
- layer thickness only up to 10 mm;
- dries for a long time.
Ceresit CT 24 Light
The Ceresit brand offers a dry mix with a cement binder for leveling walls with a layer thickness of up to 30 mm in one pass. This helps to immediately eliminate large level differences and speeds up the surface treatment to the desired state. Masters in the reviews share that the solution is applied easily due to excellent plasticity. The plaster adheres well to cellular concrete and ceramic bricks. The manufacturer allows the use of the product for outdoor work, such as facade decoration. The compressive strength loses a little to the leader of the review – 4 versus 6-8 MPa, but this plaster has excellent tensile strength – 1.5 MPa. Due to this, the surface is even less likely to crack over time.
We considered cement-bonded plaster to be the best due to its pronounced sound and heat insulation properties. This was achieved by adding perlite to the composition instead of ordinary sand. If the mixture is applied with a maximum layer of 30 mm, then it will additionally insulate the building.
- crack resistant;
- easy to apply due to increased plasticity;
- adheres well to different surfaces;
- heat and sound insulating properties.
- vapor permeability is worse than others – 0.035 mg / mchPa.
Leveling plaster from Knauf is used for interior and exterior use. It is possible to apply the cement composition at a street temperature of +5 degrees. The maximum thickness per pass is allowed up to 22 mm. The adhesion strength to the base is 0.4 MPa, which is not bad for a cement mortar. The mixture remains elastic for 2 hours, so you can act slowly. This is great for those who are doing this process for the first time. The size of the sand fraction in the powder does not exceed 1.5 mm, which means that the surface turns out to be smooth enough, but rough, so that materials for finishing will later adhere well to it. If the repair is not planned soon, the bags can be stored even in unheated rooms (garage, basement), since the manufacturer allows up to 50 freezing cycles.
We liked the plaster for its excellent vapor permeability. The characteristic has an indicator of 0.1 mg / mchPa. Thanks to this, the walls will perfectly give moisture to the outside and fungus will not develop in them.
- can be used inside and outside;
- well resists the penetration of moisture inside;
- permissible layer thickness at a time up to 22 mm;
- cement mortar remains elastic up to 2 hours.
- loses to others in terms of compressive strength – here it is only 2.5 MPa.
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Weber Vetonit TT40
The plaster is intended for processing surfaces made of expanded clay, brick or concrete. The manufacturer allows the use of a cement mixture on facades and even ceilings, which is important for exterior finishing of slopes of door and window openings. The product is suitable for mechanized application, which significantly speeds up the process with a large area. The size of the sand grain in the cement composition reaches 1.2 mm, so the surface is moderately smooth. You can work slowly, because the solution remains elastic for 2 hours. The consumption of cement plaster is 1.7 kg per square meter, based on a layer thickness of 1 mm. At a temperature of +21 degrees, the material will dry for 1-2 days.
According to the editors of the magazine, the plaster is the best in terms of the thickness of the layer that can be applied at a time. The manufacturer allows an indicator of up to 4 cm. Thanks to this, it will be possible to even out significant differences in the plane in the first pass.
- mechanized application is allowed;
- adheres well to ceiling surfaces;
- strength for coaxial compression up to 10 MPa;
- it is possible to create a layer up to 40 mm in one pass.
- work on the street is allowed to start only at an air temperature of +10º C.
Founded by Profi Startwell RS22 N
Finishing cement mixture is produced in bags of 25 kg and is designed for indoor and outdoor use. The maximum layer at a time is allowed up to 12 mm. Work can be carried out already at a temperature of +5 degrees. The adhesion strength to the base is 0.4 MPa, and this is quite a good indicator for cement mortars. The plaster perfectly resists compressive loads of the material and can withstand up to 10 MPa. Masters in the reviews praise the product for vapor permeability and ease of use. The mixture can be applied both manually and mechanized. Due to the large fraction of 2.5 mm, a rough base is obtained, which is well suited for laying tiles, but for painting it will be necessary to level the walls with finer-grained compositions.
Experts singled out cement plaster for increased flexibility. It is able to change the plane together with the base and demonstrates bending strength up to 4 MPa. This is true if the cement composition is applied to thin walls, and the building is located near the metro line or tram tracks.
- maintains 50 cycles of freezing;
- good vapor permeability;
- resists compressive loads up to 10 MPa;
- able to bend with the base.
- a grain size of 2.5 mm makes the surface very rough, which requires a thicker layer of topcoat.
Prospectors 25 kg
Another popular cement-based plaster for leveling walls is Prospectors, produced in 25 kg bags. The manufacturer allows you to apply a thickness of up to 30 mm at a time, which adheres perfectly to the base. The plaster is suitable for concrete, brick and foam concrete surfaces. It can even be hung on the ceiling. If a lot of moisture accumulates in the room, the material actively resists its effects and perfectly passes steam through itself. The product supports mechanized application, which significantly speeds up the processing of walls and simplifies the process over a large area. Buyers in the reviews note a more economical consumption of the cement composition – about 1.4 kg of dry powder is spent per 1 m² (competitors have an indicator of 1.7 kg).
This is one of the best products for economical wall decoration. The mixture costs 2-3 times cheaper than analogues, while demonstrating good crack resistance. For example, its compressive strength reaches 5 MPa, which is not available for all more famous brands. We recommend the product for budget repairs while maintaining quality.
- environmentally friendly;
- any method of application;
- for external and internal works;
- resistant to cracking.
- the adhesion strength with the base is slightly worse – 0.3 MPa.
The best decorative cement plasters
Such mixtures are used for finishing. In view of this, a large application layer is not required, because the base has already been prepared with other solutions or materials. You can find out which products buyers prefer from the list below.
Ceresit CT 137 Pebble 2.5 mm
The plaster consists of sand, stones with a diameter of 1, 2, 2.5 mm and a cement binder. After drying, the surface is multi-textured and beautiful. The protruding stones contribute to the strength of the layer, and the material can withstand a load of up to 7 MPa in compression. The solution can be applied to concrete, leveling plasters and plasterboard sheets. The recommended layer thickness is 2.5 mm, but the masters in the reviews note an increased consumption of up to 3 kg per square meter. Cement decorative plaster is characterized by increased adhesion to the base, reaching 0.5 MPa. You can start working with it at a street temperature of +5 degrees, but the viability of the solution is only 1 hour, so the product is not for beginners.
A feature of mineral plaster is that it is officially included in the certified facade finishing system, consisting of expanded polystyrene boards and mineral wool. Such an exterior finish, according to the manufacturer, will last about 30 years, which is a record figure.
- recommended for facade systems;
- it is possible to process concrete, other plasters, plasterboard;
- beautiful pebble structure;
- compressive strength 7 MPa.
- high price;
- consumption up to 3 kg per 1 m².
Caparol Capatect-Mineral-Leichtputz K20
Cement decorative plaster contains lime to better resist fungi and bacterial growth with regular contact with moisture. The product performs excellently on exterior surfaces and is officially approved for façade thermal insulation systems. The solution can be applied on concrete blocks or leveling plasters. The layer thickness is admissible up to 2 mm. You can start work in early spring, when the temperature outside is +5 degrees. But the viability of the liquid mixture is only 30-90 minutes, so you need to act quickly.
We liked the product due to the possibility of tinting. Unlike other plasters that need to be painted afterwards (in the case of a facade), pigment can be immediately applied to this solution, giving it the desired shade. Thanks to this, it will be possible to save energy and perform two processes at once in one (decorative leveling and painting).
- officially approved for thermal insulation systems;
- prevents the growth of bacteria;
- tolerates regular contact with moisture;
- can be tinted.
- high price.
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Weber.Min Fur coat 2 mm
This is another product with a cement binder supplemented with lime to resist fungus. The plaster is designed to cover concrete surfaces and provides a “fur coat” texture with a grain size of 2 mm. The product is recommended for use on facade systems and in rooms with high humidity. To mix the cement mortar, 220-240 ml of liquid will be required for each kg. The adhesion strength to the base reaches 0.35 MPa, but reviews show that the plaster holds well, despite exposure to strong winds. The solution hardens in 1 hour, so you have to act quickly. But you can store the goods in extreme conditions, because it can withstand up to 100 freezing cycles.
Experts single out plaster with a cement binder for increased density. The indicator is 1.8 kg / cm³. Due to this, the decorative coating better protects the walls of the building from mechanical damage.
- easy to apply to the base;
- good vapor permeability;
- recommended for facade insulation systems;
- withstands over 100 freeze cycles.
- it costs expensive;
- loses to others in compressive strength;
- consumption up to 3 kg per square meter;
- adheres well to concrete.
Litokol Litotherm Grafica Bark beetle 2.5 mm
The plaster contains cement, additives and 2.5 mm sand grain. The hardened solution has a density of 1.5 kg / cm³ and does not protect the facade well from chips when stones hit. But according to this indicator, it loses a little to the above product. The compressive strength reaches 6.5 MPa, so the decorative surface perfectly tolerates the movement of the building. After drying, it forms the texture of “bark beetle” and looks very beautiful. The maximum application thickness at one time should not exceed 2.5 mm. The material adheres perfectly to the substrate with an adhesive force of 0.5 MPa. Plaster stands out and has a relatively low water absorption by weight – 5.4%, therefore it is suitable for use outside the building or in wet rooms.
It is one of the few cement plasters that can be applied to natural stone. Use it if your house or fence consists of such material. Other mixtures stick worse to the stone base, and therefore are short-lived.
- can be used for wet rooms;
- excellent compressive strength up to 6.5 MPa;
- adheres well to concrete, stone and brick;
- adhesion strength to the base up to 0.5 MPa.
- not suitable for foam concrete.
Ceresit CT 35 for coloring bark beetle 2.5 mm
And here is another cement plaster with a large-relief surface from Ceresit. Granules 2.5 mm provide a pronounced texture and a well-marked bark beetle pattern. The consumption of the mixture is 2 kg per 1 m², which is slightly more economical than other products in the category. After drying, the wall surface has a compressive strength of 6.5 MPa – the house will be able to maintain the finish despite subsidence. The plaster is suitable for application on drywall, brick, concrete or other surfaces. The manufacturer allows the use of the product in wet areas. You can store it without worrying about weather conditions, since the powder is designed for 100 freezing cycles.
This is another cement plaster whose service life on the facade reaches 30 years. Only acrylic and silicone mixtures can compete with this indicator, therefore the coating with a cement binder is recognized as the best.
- consumption is slightly less than others;
- beautiful large texture;
- service life on the facade up to 30 years;
- holds the base well.
- high price;
- the solution loses elasticity in an hour.
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Osnovit Exterwell Bark beetle 2 mm
Those who are looking for a budget option for finishing should pay attention to the plaster with a cement binder from Osnovit. “Exterwell Bark beetle” has a grain size of 2 mm and forms a beautiful indented pattern on the surface. You can work with the solution at a temperature of +5 degrees, which means that it will be possible to start finishing the facade in early spring or late autumn. The hardened cement mixture has a compressive strength of 6.5 MPa, as well as tensile strength of 3 MPa, reliably protecting the decorative layer from cracks. The vapor permeability index of 0.1 mg/mchPa also ensures timely removal of moisture and extends the service life of the coating.
We singled out this plaster as the best because it adheres to all types of surfaces. The cement composition is suitable for processing sheets of GKL, GVL, brick, expanded clay, aerated concrete and ordinary concrete, gas silicate blocks and leveling plasters. Such versatility in application to the base is achieved by increasing the adhesion to the surface up to 0.65 MPa, which exceeds the characteristics of all other participants in the review.
- more affordable price;
- weather resistant;
- beautiful texture;
- mechanized application is acceptable.
- high consumption 3 kg/m².