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WHAT IS SURFACE BONDING CEMENT?
Surface Bonding Cement is basically a product that can be used for bonding various materials together using sand and cement,  it was originally developed for use on aeroplanes but has now been adapted for use on other applications such as buildings. The product is typically applied between 60-80mm thick and is applied in three thin coats (see picture 1) in order to increase its bonding strength.  The product can be used on a variety of different materials including stone, brick, concrete and blockwork to name but a few. It can also be coloured to match the surrounding environment if required or it can be left with its natural colour which is slightly off white grey.
The reason why Surface Bonding Cement is so effective at bonding materials together is that it has long fibres in it (similar to fibre glass) which helps reinforce the material and make it much stronger (see picture 2). When we apply the product onto a surface
Surface Bonding Cement is a mortarless, non-load bearing building system. The cement is mixed with water and then applied to the block surface of a wall as it is stacked. After the blocks are laid, the exposed surface of the cement is finished with a trowel to create a smooth, attractive looking wall. Surface bonded walls have been used for residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings since the late 1940s.
Surface Bonding Cement (SBC) can be applied to new or existing concrete masonry units (CMU) or concrete block walls. It has been used on homes, garages, machine sheds, grain bins, and even hog barns!
The benefits of using SBC are numerous. Since the cement is applied after stacking of the blocks and no mortar joints are needed between them, blocks can be laid quickly by people who don’t need any special training or skills. Surface bonding cement adds strength to CMUs which results in a stronger overall structure than if they were laid using traditional mortar. Since there are no mortar joints to fill in between the blocks, surface bonded structures require less material than mortared walls (this may mean lower construction costs). SBC also allows for better water management since there are no joints for moisture
Surface Bonding Cement Technology – The patented technology behind our surface bonding cement products.
Surface Bonding Cement is a cost effective, high strength and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional masonry construction techniques that is ideal for the construction of solid walls in both internal and external applications.
The technology behind our surface bonding cement products was originally developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a form of rapid repair mortar for use on bridges and infrastructure damaged during the Korean War. It was later used in Vietnam for repairing helicopter landing pads damaged by heavy traffic and artillery fire.
In the 1960’s it saw its first use in civilian construction when it was adopted by the US Navy to protect their buildings against fire, blast and impact damage. It was then licensed to various companies who have since evolved it into the product range we see today.
Our Surface Bonding Cement Products – Our wide range of surface bonding cement products are suitable for a variety of applications including:
New build solid wall construction
External wall insulation systems
Repair and remedial works
Internal and external render finishes
Surface Bonding Cement is a type of thin load-bearing concrete which is used for the construction of exterior walls. It is also known as thin-set mortar and consists of Portland cement, hydrated lime, sand and water. It is typically applied in a thickness of 1/4″ to 1/2″ and must be reinforced with either metal or plastic lath. Surface bonding cement can be applied over existing exterior masonry or concrete block walls.
Surface bonding cement does not require any type of footings, foundations or structural support and can be easily applied with a trowel over the existing surface. It is an ideal product for the construction of fence walls and can be applied directly to the cinder blocks without any form work. It can also be used in conjunction with a more traditional brick veneer to create a decorative brick facade on an existing structure. If applied properly, it will give the appearance of solid brick masonry at only a fraction of the cost.
Surface bonding cement is a type of concrete used to build walls. It can be used for new construction or as a finish for existing block walls. Surface bonding cement is applied to the outside of masonry walls, wood walls or concrete walls, and it forms a smooth surface that can be painted or textured.
Surface bonding cement is also called non-reinforced thin-shell concrete. The thin-shell method was developed in Germany, but it has been used in North America extensively since the 1940s. A thin mix of surface bonding cement and water is thrown onto the wall surface with a trowel or applied with a brush like paint. When the material dries, it creates a monolithic shell that bonds to the blocks or other substrate.
The use of surface bonding cement requires less labor than traditional construction methods because there are no forms to construct and no reinforcing wire. The shells are only an inch thick, but they are very strong and durable. Because they create watertight shells on the wall surfaces, they help reduce moisture penetration into the building interior.
Surface bonding cement is a type of concrete used to repair and install many types of decorative concrete. It is used on vertical surfaces and creates the look of stucco. The finished product is much thinner than regular stucco, and only about 1/4 inch thick. It is applied by trowel or sprayer and can be tinted in any color. Surface bonding cement has been around since the 1950’s and was originally developed for repairing block foundations. It was later used by many homeowners as an alternative to siding because it had the same look but was less costly. Today, surface bonding cement is available in a variety of formulation types including lightweight, plain, masonry, and polymer-modified.
Surface Bonding Cement Uses
Surface bonding cement comes in several varieties, but the most popular one is the masonry type. Masonry surface bonding cement mixes with water and is typically used to repair brick walls and foundations that have cracked or chipped due to settling or foundation problems. It can also be used on retaining walls where it can create a smooth finish for painting or coloring. Masonry surface bonding cement typically takes about two hours to dry and has a lifespan of about 25 years as long as it is properly cured and maintained.
Surface bonding cement is an ideal choice for small concrete projects. This cement is used to create a unique look on walls, walkways, and patios. This cement can be used as an overlay over existing concrete surfaces, or it can be used to create a brick-like appearance on a wall.