keep up to date with the latest in waterproofing innovation of products and applications.
Are Bitumen products still the go to products in waterproofing?
When we started Gripset, we were pioneers in using bitumen technology and we were one of the first companies that had developed water-based bitumen technology and using with polymers. Now that's such a commodity-based system now, it's been bastardized, but back in the mid-80s it was fairly innovative and very, very different.
Liquid v Cementitious in Cooler Conditions
The cooler months present many challenges for waterproofing. Many of you may say that your clients don't realize that, they just want you to get over there and do the job whatever the conditions are. But you cannot battle with the Gods, and so when the weather starts to become colder and damper and wetter, you are restricted in what you can use.
Waterproofing Water Tanks
It's an application that is one of the most testing in any waterproofing application, and one that Gripset has been around and involved with for decades now. So first with the typical type of construction that you're going to have with water tanks, normally they are concrete, concrete poured, concrete block, rendered masonry, and now the other one that we see very...
Waterproofing both under and over screeds
There was a time when we used to just waterproof under a screed, tiled on top of those screeds and then found that the screed would get all wet, and even though the substrata would be protected, we'd have a mushy screed and that was retaining moisture in there, which is not a good thing, and that causes things like efflorescence very often on external balconies.
Particle board flooring
Many of you know it as yellow tongue, which is an industry terminology that's used out there. But particle board flooring has been around for many, many years in the construction industry. And somehow it found its way into waterproofing applications as a substrate for tiling and membranes in wet areas.
The importance of surface preparation.
This one is very, very dear to me and I talk about it a lot when I do talks to applicators, and in trainings, and our staff continue to do this, and it's in all our data sheets, yet it amazes me how many times we still see issues out in the marketplace, where applicators get it wrong, and I'm not sure why that is.
What if it was free?
The best part of 2017 saw me actively involved with my team working on the next wave of products we’re launching and getting a better understanding of how we relieve the pain points for many customers.This generated much discussion where facts, data and issues on building failures we’re rattled off.
Taking The Wrong Drive
A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog tilted “Building Disruptor” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/building-disruptor-phil-scardigno/ where I gave some thoughts on the status of Modular and Prefab buildings in the Australian construction landscape.
I recently returned from an overseas business trip in Europe meeting with customers and suppliers, managing to spend a day at one of the building exhibitions in Germany. Always good to see how the Europeans approach their industry and where the future focus points are directed over there.