BRICKS, BLOCKS & PAVERS
Dr Bill Price, national commercial technical manager, Tarmac Cement, explains why it pays to do your
homework when it comes to specifying mortar and cement.
has enhanced resistance to a freeze/thaw attack
will not only protect the reputation of the work,
but will also help avoid costly mistakes further
down the line. Likewise, whether the cement has
a low water demand or how it compacts, spreads
and finishes will also be taken into consideration
to ensure ease of use on the job. However, there
are also other factors that shouldn’t be ignored.
While it may not seem like a deal breaker, the
type of packaging and size of the product is
also worth considering. The majority of cement
available to buy as a packed product comes in
25kg bags for builders to split open with a spade
and load up the mixer with half of the bag.
On a larger site, where there are multiple
mixes to be made in one day, this isn’t an issue.
However, smaller projects, such as extensions or
home improvements, may only require one mix
JULY 8 | BUILDING PRODUCTS
For professional builders, saving time and
money remain of paramount importance.
However, as anyone with experience
knows, opting for the cheapest materials
and products could actually end up costing you
more in the long run.
As build projects can vary enormously, saving
time and money will depend on a number of
factors, not least the type of design and building
Thanks to its strength and durability, masonry
construction remains the most common form of
construction in the UK. As such, the vast majority
of builders are well versed on the specification of
bricks and blocks. However, this often isn’t the
case with other associated materials, where time
and cost-saving benefits could be overlooked. In
particular, cement and mortar are often seen simply
as commodities, thanks to their proven track record
and availability. This means that some builders will
make spontaneous purchases. However, doing your
homework to specify the best product for the job
can reap numerous rewards.
In many instances it’s not one big thing that
differentiates one type of cement or mortar from
another. Rather, it is the sum of all the little
things that can really make a difference including
Specifying the best
product for the job
can reap rewards
improved health and safety, reduced wastage and
a tighter control on spend.
Selecting the correct product for the job, based
on its characteristics and benefits, is a given for
professional builders. For example, a cement that Continued on page >>>