Cement is a binder, a substance used for construction that sets, hardens, and adheres to other materials to bind them together. Cement is seldom used on its own, but rather to bind sand and gravel together. Cement mixed with fine aggregate produces mortar for masonry, or with sand and gravel, produces concrete.
Damp Proofing Cement (Concrete)
Damp rising through cement/concrete floor slabs is fairly common when a damp proof membrane has failed or was not installed before the floor was laid. It becomes a problem when the moisture levels are too high and water is transferred to the finishing layer above. This is when you experience damp issues in carpets and floor coverings, the warping of wooden floors. When constructing an extension or a new build home, it is important that damp proofing measures are taken during the initial construction phase itself. These days, damp proof membranes are required in the construction of all new buildings to prevent rising damp. These strong and highly durable Polyethylene 1200 Gauge DPMs are sandwiched between the hard core and concrete slab to form an impermeable layer. A Liquid Epoxy Damp Proof Membrane (DPM) is often used as a remedial solution where an existing DPM has failed or was never installed. The epoxy DPM comes as a two-component system. It is low odour, solvent free, and most importantly deals with constant low levels of moisture in concrete floors.
Cement rendering is the application of a premixed layer of sand and cement to brick, concrete, stone, or mud brick. It is often textured, colored, or painted after application. It is generally used on exterior walls but can be used to feature an interior wall. Depending on the ‘look’ required, rendering can be fine or coarse, textured or smooth, natural or colored, pigmented or painted. The cement rendering of brick, concrete and mud houses has been used for centuries to improve the appearance (and sometimes weather resistance) of exterior walls. It can be seen in different forms all over southern Europe. Different countries have their own styles and traditional colors.
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