Mortars are the builder's "glue"
- the product that binds together our bricks and masonry.
The role they play is a crucial one and quality is essential.
The need for quality has resulted in a significant growth in
demand for factory produced mortars as opposed to those mixed
by hand on-site. The latter, made using rough calculations of
quantities and in less than ideal conditions, cannot match the
consistency of factory-produced mortars.
Factory made mortars are manufactured under controlled conditions
in purpose-built production units.
All materials are weigh-batched or dispensed through calibrated
equipment to ensure accuracy of mix proportions. All ingredients
comply with the relevant British and European standards and are
subject to rigorous testing to ensure quality.
The benefits of factory produced mortars over site-mixed mortars
can be summarised as:
- Accurate cement content
- Consistent strength
- Consistent colour
- Reduced mixing and labour costs
- Reduced wastage
- Compliance with specification
- Technical support
produced mortars are of two main types:
- Ready-to-use - they may be wet and delivered
in tubs, or dry and delivered in silos or bags requiring only
the addition of water
- Lime : sand - pre-batched materials delivered
to site, with cement and water being added prior to use.
The Mortar Industry Association (one of the constituent bodies
of the Mineral Products Association) represents the producers of
mortars under factory-controlled conditions. For further information
contact Mick Russell or visit the MIA web site at www.mortar.org.uk.
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