What Is Mastic Asphalt?

Mastic Asphalt, a waterproofing compound with ancient origins dating back to the Phoenicians, has stood the test of time. In 1837, Mr Claridge patented it in Paris, and his creation – Claridge’s Patent Asphalt – remains a trusted protector of some of the UK’s most prestigious buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. The combination of limestone, bitumen and modern polymers make up this substance that boasts unparalleled durability against both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Not only is it non-toxic but also non-flammable making it an ideal choice for any construction project requiring long-lasting water-resistant protection.

Are Asphalt and Bitumen the same?

Asphalt is a composite material consisting of aggregates, sand and bitumen. The latter acts as a liquid binder that holds the Asphalt together. In essence, one could describe Asphalt as a type of concrete mixture, while bitumen serves as the cement binder used in pavements.

Is Mastic Asphalt waterproof?

Asphalt paving is a highly durable and versatile material that provides an excellent wearing course for car parks, HGV service decks, and bridge decks. Its hard-wearing surface can withstand heavy foot traffic with ease, making it an ideal choice for locations with high levels of activity. Additionally, asphalt paving serves as an exceptional waterproof covering that offers long-lasting protection against the elements. Its resilience makes it a popular choice among property owners who require robust surfacing solutions that stand the test of time. With its superior performance capabilities and adaptability to various environments, asphalt paving remains a top contender in the construction industry for those seeking reliable and efficient surfacing options.


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Where do you use Mastic Asphalt?

Mastic asphalt serves as a versatile solution for covering various surfaces, including tresses, flat roofs, parking lots, pavements, urban roads and public amenities. It is also commonly used in engineering constructions to provide durability and sound insulation. This highly durable material offers excellent resistance to weathering and can withstand heavy foot traffic or vehicular loads without cracking or breaking down. Its unique properties make it an ideal choice for both commercial and residential applications where longevity is essential. With its ability to conform to any shape or contour of the surface being covered while maintaining its integrity over time, mastic asphalt remains a popular choice among architects and builders alike.

How do you lay mastic asphalt?

For optimal results, mastic asphalt should be applied in a single layer at a temperature ranging from 175 to 230 degrees Celsius. The application process can be done either by hand or machine and must be spread evenly on the prepared surface. It is crucial to ensure that the surface is regulated before applying the material.

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Mastic asphalt and jute cloth

The process of applying a hot mastic asphalt coating to the roof surface involves sandwiching a layer of jute cloth between two layers of mastic asphalt. The initial step is to apply the first layer of mastic asphalt onto the roof, followed by placing the jute fabric on top. Another layer of mastic asphalt is then applied over the jute cloth, effectively sealing it in place and creating a durable protective barrier for the roof. This method ensures that any potential leaks or damages are prevented from occurring while also providing an aesthetically pleasing finish to the roofing surface.

Why Is Mastic Asphalt Number One Among Waterproofing Materials?

Mastic Asphalt is undoubtedly the optimal choice for creating damp-proof membranes in various conditions and resisting water. This versatile material effectively protects against air humidity, a common cause of moisture issues, making it ideal for use in crawl spaces, basements, cellars, and bathrooms. It has been used on sidewalks, bridges, parking lots and balconies due to its exceptional durability that outlasts practically everything else. With Mastic Asphalt at your disposal, any areas prone to penetrating moisture will no longer be a concern.

Damp proofing can help prevent rising or penetrating dampness as well as the ingress of water into buildings which can lead to salt crystallisation and plaster breakdown resulting in unsightly damp staining or wet rot/dry rot damage. By utilising this superior material you can ensure long-lasting protection from unwanted moisture problems in your property.

The Benefits of using Mastic Asphalt for Waterproofing

Mastic Asphalt has a proven track record of being a popular choice among architects, engineers and homeowners who seek long-lasting waterproofing solutions. With a lifespan of over 50 years, it is highly resistant to water damage and can be used in high-end projects such as car parks, bridges and structures exposed to dampness. Additionally, it is easily repairable if damaged over the course of five decades.

Mastic Asphalt stands out for its environmental conservation and sustainability efforts; after reaching the end of its useful life as a waterproofing substance, it can be broken down into constituent parts that are 100% recyclable. It also holds the distinction of being the first industry in the world to achieve Carbon Zero status by emitting zero CO2.

When designing attractive asphalt roofs or roof gardens prone to dampness from plants and natural water sources, Mastic Asphalt is an excellent solution for keeping water out of your structure with successful waterproofing material. The molten state application process does not require naked flames or torches typically associated with other materials used on large projects delivered via hot charge tankers for quick installation.

Attractive Finish

Waterproofing is a crucial aspect of any building, but it should not come at the cost of aesthetics. Mastic Asphalt offers an excellent solution that combines both functionality and beauty. It can be used in various places such as roof tiles, reflective coatings, timber deck finishes, roof gardens, slabs and inverted roofs with stone to create a visually stunning look that complements your design style. Its unique flooring quality makes it versatile enough to pair well with polished stone flooring like terrazzo or any other type of decor you may have in mind. When considering damp proofing solutions for your building, it’s essential to factor in the system’s design details and longevity so that reproofing won’t be necessary anytime soon. With Mastic Asphalt’s durability and aesthetic appeal combined, you can rest assured knowing your building will remain protected from dampness while looking beautiful for years to come.

How much does Mastic Asphalt cost to apply?

The pricing of a project is determined by its scope, with roofing and flooring costs differing significantly. To obtain a quote for your specific needs, we recommend reaching out to one of our qualified specialists who can provide you with more detailed information. Our team has the expertise to assess the unique requirements of each project and offer tailored solutions that meet your budgetary constraints without sacrificing quality or safety. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals within your desired budget range.

Why Choose Sussex Damp Treatments?

Our company, Sussex Damp Treatments, adheres to the highest standards when it comes to damp proofing treatments, professional re-plastering and wood preservation. We are experts in conducting thorough damp surveys and providing highly customised services that cater to the needs of homeowners, local authorities, small businesses and commercial property owners alike. Our team is composed of competent professionals who provide dependable repair services for all your damp-related concerns. If you require our assistance or would like more information about our services, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today at 01273 257 212.

Some advantages of choosing Sussex Damp Treatments

Our team at Sussex Damp Treatments is comprised of highly qualified surveyors and technicians with over 20 years of combined experience. We pride ourselves on providing expert service, ensuring that our clients receive the highest quality workmanship. Our technicians are fully certified and knowledgeable in all aspects of damp treatment, allowing us to offer comprehensive solutions for any issue you may be facing. Trust us to provide a thorough assessment of your property and recommend the best course of action to address any concerns you have regarding dampness or moisture damage. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, we guarantee your satisfaction with every job we undertake.

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