Intermediate Coating with Enhanced Crack-Bridging Properties
In order to meet customer demand, Flexcrete Technologies Limited – the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of technical mortars and high performance coatings – has launched a new elastomeric, intermediate crack-bridging filler and coating for use on concrete structures and buildings where enhanced cracking-bridging properties are required.
Monodex ICB is supplied as a ready-mixed paste for ease of use and is highly cost-effective as it does not require the use of substrate or inter-laying priming. It is designed for use in conjunction with Flexcrete’s Monodex anti-carbonation membranes and is capable of bridging existing cracks up to 1mm underneath the coating.
Part of a Time-Saving Anti-Carbonation Protection System
Chris Lloyd, Director of Flexcrete Technologies Limited said: “Several of our customers were seeking an economical product that is able to bridge cracks and fill pores, cavities and blowholes prior to the application of our Monodex coatings. Traditionally reinforcing tape would have been incorporated to bridge cracks in these instances, but Monodex ICB removes the need for any type of reinforcement and it is very quick and easy to apply by trowel, or by roller or spray when diluted with water.
“One other great advantage of Monodex ICB is that it is rapid-curing and used as part of a 3-coat system in conjunction with our Monodex anti-carbonation coatings. Alternative products require the use of primers and multiple other coats, but Monodex ICB is applied directly to the substrate which makes it an economical and time efficient option. It ensures enhanced performance of the complete Flexcrete system and ensures even greater anti-carbonation protection as Monodex ICB itself has excellent anti-carbonation properties,” he continued.
As Monodex ICB is water-based, it has minimal VOC levels and releases ultra-low odour during application, making it ideal for use in sensitive or enclosed environments. Typical applications include outdoor exposed concrete surfaces with a high risk of cracking, commercial buildings, residential housing, hotels, offices and industrial buildings and fast-track construction or refurbishment projects.