Repair Leaky Slab Roofs in Jamaica

A leaky roof is a stressful situation and one that can turn into a watery nightmare and costly repair if not addressed quickly. However, sometimes a homeowner isn’t aware there’s a problem until telltale signs appear which is usually after a few days of heavy rainfall. No one in Jamaica wants to see water leaking through their concrete slab roof. Even with regular roof maintenance, harsh weather can roll through, and you can find a puddle on your floor or stain marks running down your walls.

The most common complaint with regard to both concrete tile and flat concrete roofing in Jamaica is water leaks. When there are leaks in a flat concrete roof, the fast fix is usually to apply some kind of sealant or waterproof cement at the site of the leak. Most of the times, cracks can be filled with similar caulking materials to prevent further damage to the roof but this is only a temporary fix.

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Looking for concrete roof repair solutions in Jamaica? Speak with us by calling 876-926-7252.

Quite a few homes in Jamaica are made with slab roofs and overtime these roofs will begin to show signs of leaking. You may see from inside that the roof paint begins to fall of or you will see a line in the roof with the paint elevated. If you are seeing water stains of various shapes size and color in your house, you need to investigate the source. The stains may appear as discolored rings or in various hues including gray, yellow or brown.This is a sign of a hairline crack in the roof and now water is settling in the cracks to cause the discoloration of the paint or the lines in the roof.

Keep in mind that even concrete that is free of cracks or damaged is still very porous and able to retain moisture. The next time rain falls, we suggest that after the rain stops falling that you go on top of your roof and you will see puddles or small pools of water. This is where water can soak through the porous roof and travel the the small holes and cracks and eventually leak inside of your house or building. The best option is to waterproof the entire roof, regardless of the where the leak sites are present. For this, you will need to first clean the entire roof surface with a pressure washer. Fill large cracks with mortar or roofing cement, and then apply a good prime.  The next step if to apply Sika Roof Primer and then once it dries you apply the Sika Roof Membrane

Signs of a Leaking Commercial/Residential Roof in Jamaica

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Stained Walls – Whether you have ceiling tiles or other types of ceiling systems in your facility, extended exposure to water will create a discolored area of your ceiling.

Odor/ Mold – A foul smell in your home or office could be a red flag for hidden mold. Mold grows in moist environments, so if water is continuously entering your building, there is a high chance that mold could grow and spread.

Light Bulbs needing to be changed often – Have you noticed that you have to change your light bulbs more often than normal? This could be  sign that your slab roof is leaking or allowing water seepage and this now destroys the bulb. You should check the light socket for any signs of unusual rust.

Do Find the Exact Leak Source

One common practice when repairing roof leaks in Jamaica is to check and repair the area just above the leak. This is less costly and labor intensive, but the actual source of the leak may be somewhere else. When you have a leak make sur to have the roofing specialist, check your plumbing lines, check for ponding (puddles of water), and check the entire roof surface.

Open Penetrations

Roof penetrations are found on many flat concrete slab roofs. Roof penetrations are AC units, vents, drains, pipes, steel protuding from the roof and other systems that come through the concrete roof. If you have a look t some of the houses in Portmore you will see the steel protruding from the roofs. Most times these homewowners are planning to add another floor but unknown to them the water will seep where the concrete meets the steel and cause leaky roofs in these Portmore homes.

 

CESCO Jmaica is pleased t introduce the Sika line of products. Sika provides solutions for even the most challenging requirements with its unique waterproofing product portfolio, contributing to efficient, long-lasting infrastructure, be it for drinking water facilities (fulfilling the most stringent drinking water approvals),tunnels, bridges, basements, or balconies.

Sika offers a unique range of complete systems and products based on extensive experience and supports owners, engineers and contractors in the design and construction process.

Waterproof Roofing Systems in Jamaica That Repair Roof Leaks

Sika Roof Membranes in Jamaica

Sika has a decade-long tradition to take Sarnafil® roofing membrane samples from certain roofs in North America and Europe to document durability of Sika’s roofing membranes in exposed applications. With average tested roof age being over 20 years old, the oldest is 49 years old, which was installed in 1967 on a project in Persoucio, Switzerland using Sarnafil® G 410-12 PVC membrane. Considering the age and the condition of the roofs analyzed, the data indicates that a properly formulated, properly maintained, reinforced vinyl roof membrane system performs in excess of 20 to 30 years in various climates throughout Europe and North America.

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Durability is a key component of sustainability especislly here in Jamaica with our tropical weather conditions. The longer a product lasts, the better it generally is for the environment, providing its original production and embodied energy create minimal environmental impact. Durability adds value to a property.

Solutions For Solar Roofs

ROOFTOP SOLAR INSTALLATIONS

These are becoming increasingly popular in Jamaica West Indies. More and more building owners see the opportunity to make effective use of their roof space to make a contribution to the environment through sustainable electricity production. Such installations are investments intended to provide a return over the long-term.

Therefore, the roof itself needs a proven track record of high performance with low maintenance requirements as a critical component of solar applications that have an expected service life of 20+ years. Sika has years of experience in the manufacture of liquid and single ply membranes
that can live up to the demands for performance and life expectancy not only as stand alone waterproofing systems, but also ideal substrates for
a variety of solar applications. For the main Photovoltaic technologies currently available, Sika can o«er an ideally suited solution that ensures the overall performance of the solar application with as little maintenance and interruption as possible.
Sika has created “Solar Parks” at its own facilities to showcase its expertise and flexibility of dealing with solar systems used in rooftop applications.

HIGHLY REFLECTIVE LIQUID AND SINGLE PLY ROOFING MEMBRANES

Certain rooftop solar systems absorb light not only from the sun to produce electricity but also from the reflective roof surface itself – in some cases
increasing the e¹ciency of the solar cell up to 15% (depending on the local conditions). Sika’s highly reflective liquid and sheet membranes make a significant contribution to increased electricity production from the same area of solar roof space.

Call CESCO today at 876-926-7252 for all your roof membranes and primer solutions from Sika.

 

Lighting Control Systems in Jamaica

nLight Lighting Controls Platform
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The nLight® platform of products enables ease in specification, installation, and ownership, making it the go-to digital lighting controls platform for specifiers, contractors, and building owners.

How It Works
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nLight® is a sensor-based digital lighting controls solution that offers wired and wireless lighting controls that easily connect luminaires, sensors, and other control devices to create a digital network that is easy to specify, install, and own.

What Can nLight Do?
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Specifier
One digital lighting controls platform to aid in code compliance, reduce energy, and enable advanced networked capabilities.

Contractor
One digital lighting controls platform with local to networked solutions that can be factory embedded into a broad portfolio of luminaires, further reducing complexity and time to install.

Building Owner
One digital lighting controls platform designed to create energy efficient spaces scaling from a room to a connected building, across an entire site.

Where Can nLight Be Used?
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Ideal for practically any application, small to large, indoor to outdoor, nLight offers lighting controls that scale from one room to an entire floor, from one floor to an entire building, from one building to an entire campus.

What Makes Up An nLIGHT System?

Light devices: Occupancy sensor, photocell, dimmer, relays, manual stations (WallPods).
nLight enabled devices: Recessed LED luminaire, LED Downlights, industrial fixtures, suspended luminaires.
nLight backbone devices:Bridge, Gateway, nWiFi devices.
SensorView Software: A suite of web-based software application used to provide a central point of access, control, and configuration of nLight network and all its devices.

Added System Functionality

Remote configuration and custom commissioning•Run time-based and on demand control profiles (such as load shedding)•Virtual switches and dimmers can control an occupant’s lighting from computer and smartphone-based applications •Real-time lighting, photocell, and occupancy status collection and analysis•Provides required connectivity for third party BMS via BACnet IP control•Remote upgrading of all system devices•Global Groups

TBAR LED Jamaica

CESCO Jamaica is pleased to intorduce the TBAR LED by JLC-Tech to the Jamaican marketplace. LED technology has now saturated the lighting industry, creating an enormous change in available lighting products. The market is flooded with LED lighting fixtures that re-create the old 2’x2’and 2’x4′ troffer and round down lights, resulting in LED designs that look just like the 60 year-old fluorescent lighting models!  In addition many LED lighting products are on the market now that require complicated labor intensive and high costing specialty components to mount them into the ceiling.

For more information via email about the various TBAR LED Lights complete our form by clicking here

JLC-Tech is designing simple and elegant lighting that saves you more than just energy!

Their revolutionary approach to creating lighting fixtures with LEDs was done with one simple concept in mind:  Why add a cumbersome light fixture when the LED technology allows us to integrate light into already existing structural elements? With this thought in mind, the T-BAR LED™ was born: A minimalistic low voltage linear lighting fixture that snaps tool-free into the grid with minimal labor, actually taking the place of cross members in a ceiling suspension system. The T-BAR LED is not just an LED light fixture but a part of the ceiling assembly, reducing building materials, labor and waste on a job site, all while saving energy. A concept so clear and simple that it is stunning!

The shape of the T-BAR LED™ is designed to quickly transfer all the heat generated by the LED away from its surrounding area.

Thanks to thier engineering and patented technology, the junction point temperature of the LED is maintained below the maximum rating allowed by the LED manufacturer, insuring product longevity. The T-BAR LED™ is a step into the future, changing the way we illuminate our spaces, and improving the world in which we live, work and play.

Sample TBAR Lights by JLC-Tech

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Sample TBAR LED Signs by JLC-Tech

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A clever choice for illuminating spaces with a lighting fixture that blends with the architectural design of your ceiling, simultaneously creating an elegantly stunning light effect. Perfect for corporate offices, medical/health, educational facilities and more.

For more information via email about the various TBAR LED Lights complete this form…

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Gas Generators vs LPG Generators in Jamaica

The question of the lips of majority of Jamaican consumers who are thinking about purchasing a standby power generator is this, “Is propane generator better than gas?”

Well, there’s a lot to consider when comparing these two fuel types, but for the most part, many people in the industry will attest to propane being the superior fuel when it comes to generators.

Need info on LPG generators in Jamaica. Contact CESCO today.

The main thing to consider when talking about fuel types, is your geographic location. If you live in extremely cold climates, propane will not burn as efficient. Any temperature below 20 F will have your propane generator struggling to run, while a gasoline powered generator will not have this problem. Jamaica being in a tropical climate is an ideal choice for running LPG generators for your home, office etc.

LPG generators burn much cleaner than gasoline. No gummed up carburetors to deal with, no stale gas to worry about, and less costly maintenance to spend your money on. While propane generators do have more sophisticated fuel delivery systems, they’re generally maintenance free as propane is a very clean fuel. Propane also burns much cooler than gasoline, so less wear on critical engine components that could be costly to replace. You’ll also notice that your generator’s engine oil stays much cleaner for much longer also.

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Team CESCO about to deliver a LPG generator in Jamaica

Factors to consider about gasoline and LPG

Factors to Consider About Gasoline

  • One of the most common and accessible fuels right now
  • Can be expensive to purchase
  • It is toxic and pollutes air when burned
  • It spills or leaks easily and is extremely flammable
  • Gasoline has a short shelf life
  • Will emit some smoke while running

Factors to Consider About Propane

  • Commonly used for cooking outdoors on the BBQ grill in the warm weather.
  • Less likely to spill
  • Cleaner burning than gasoline.
  • Typically, quieter than gas generators
  • it costs about half as much as gasoline.
  • No electricity required to fill a propane tank
  • Can be stored indefinitely if the reservoir itself holds up which makes it easier to stock up on
  • It’s not as efficient as gasoline
  • Doesn’t work in colder climates below 20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • More complicated system with greater chance of failure and harder to fix when it breaks
  • If possible, get a generator that will run on either gasoline or propane for flexibility
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Delivery of a LPG generator by team CESCO

LPG is Cheaper Than Gasoline

A big thing when talking about gasoline vs LPG generators, is the cost of fuel. When you’re running your generator for 24 hours a day, day after day, you’re using a good amount of fuel in the process. Since propane costs roughly half the price of gasoline at the moment of writing this blog, you can enjoy 50% fuel savings. If you’re running your generator at full capacity for days on end, you could potentially save thousands of dollars simply by using propane.

Safety Tips and Precautions when using generators in Jamaica

  • Look for generators that include an automatic shut off as a feature
  • Generators that produce low emissions are safest such as LPG generators.
  • Be sure to consider maximum power and run time (how long will the generator run for)
  • Outlet warning—don’t plug into a household outlet as you could kill someone outside
  • Electrocution hazard—Always disconnect the house system from the grid before starting the generator to avoid electrocuting others working on the line.
  • Noise Danger-Generators can be noisy.
  • Use surge protector
  • Use 14-gauge extension cords
  • Carbon monoxide—use in a well-ventilated space to avoid poisoning. Run outside away from windows and doors. Speak with CESCO about their carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Keep at least 10 feet from your home and avoid awnings, carports, or other coverings that could trap carbon monoxide fumes.
  • Do not use in attached garage as fumes can drift into the home

 

Diesel generators

Pros

  • Diesel generators require less maintenance, resulting in a lower maintenance cost
  • The generators are sturdy, reliable and have a long lifespan
  • They are typically smaller in size when comparing similar capabilities of gas generators
  • Diesel generators are ideal for mobile, portable or rental applications in addition to stand-by power sources
  • They are fuel efficient when compared to the same volume of gas needed in gas generators
  • The generators are safer; the fuel is less flammable and less explosive
  • Tier 4 generators emit less particulate matter and nitrogen oxides compared to previous models

Petrol generators

Pros

  • Most common for general use. It is relatively easy to use and repair as the use of this type of generator is relatively widespread.
  • More compact. Petrol generators are generally smaller in size and can be viewed as a more portable unit.
  • Stable. Petrol generators are very reliable and boast with minimal maintenance problems.

Cons of petrol & diesel generators

It is also important to understand the disadvantages and/or shortcomings of a product before a hefty investment. Cons associated with petrol generators:

  • Dangerous. Petrol generators could be dangerous if not used correctly as petrol is a volatile substance.
  • Large amount of emissions. Petrol generators are significantly worse for the environment than substitute options due to their high emission rate.

Cons associated with diesel generators:

  • Noisy. If you are not using one of the latest diesel generators be prepared to invest in some ear plugs as well.
  • Initial cost is high. Setting up your diesel generator could be a very pricey affair.
  • Cost is affected by the fluctuations in diesel fuel prices.
  • Diesel generators tend to cost more due to Tier 4 regulations
  • Diesel generators are louder than their gas counterparts

 

CESCO Final Verdict – Is a LPG Generator Better than Gas?

We’d have to say YES – in many ways propane is the superior fuel when it comes to operating your generator in Jamaica. It’s easily stored, burns cleaner, doesn’t go stagnant and will reduce operating costs significantly when running your generator for extended periods of time.

Contact CESCO today for more info on our range of LPG Generators in Jamaica West Indies.

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Advantage of using LPG Generators in Jamaica West Indies

It can be a challenge to decide between diesel, petrol and LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) powered home generators. For that reason we have produced a simple way of helping the Jamaican consumer decide if choosing a LPG generator is good for them.

An LPG powered home generator would be a great choice for a home requiring a steady, reliable source of back-up energy with convenience in mind. As we already know that there will be times when the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCO) will have power outages whether due to natural disasters such as hurricanes or some other technical issue.

The advantages of using an LPG generator.

Operational Costs
Fuelling this style of generator would be a much cheaper option when compared to both petrol and diesel powered generators, with LPG costing around half the price of petrol. With the fluctuation of the USD which directly affect the cost of petrol in Jamaica within a few days sometimes hours LPG is a much better option.

Duration
LPG cylinders can be expected to last for a reasonable length of time. For example, with twin 19kg cylinders it is very possible to achieve standby running times of over 40 hours before refuelling would be required on a 14kW unit. There is also a variety of cylinder sizes available to match your needs from one of our local service stations.

Environmental effects fo LPG generators in Jamaica West Indies
The emissions of an LPG product are less harmful to the environment than the emissions from both petrol powered generators and diesel powered generators. I am sure some of us who have had to use a diesel or petrol powered generator can remember the smell of the emissions from the exhaust of these generators. LPG powered home generators release less carbon dioxide per unit of energy than petrol or diesel powered generators.

Convenience of use
LPG cylinders for your LPG powered generator can easily be delivered to your door. The replacement of cylinders is also performed simply with the use of a changeover valve.  It’s as simple as when you are changing your gas stove cooking gas cylinder. Lpg does not deteriorate if stored for prolonged periods as petrol and diesel does.

Maintenance
The costs of maintaining an LPG powered generator is generally lower than that of a petrol powered generator. This is as a result of running more cleanly, not blocking the carburettor or hinder the function of the engine, leading to the spark plug and other components lasting longer than in a petrol fuelled engine.

Widespread Use
Due to the reduced emissions of LPG, they are able to be used in a wider range of places. Businesses and homeowners in Jamaica have been increasingly favouring the use of LPG powered generators. WE are also seeing an increase in the use of this type of generator in apartment complexes and gated communities across the island.

Noise
LPG powered home generators are known for running at a much quieter level than petrol powered engines.

 

Here is a brief summary fof our thoughts n LPG generators in Jamaica. Propane is certainly much cleaner, probably requires much less frequent oil changes and the plugs will go much longer than gasoline. If people are going to be near where the generator is operating you don’t want to be sucking up diesel fumes. Propane won’t go bad sitting in the tank. Diesel will but if you ‘re constantly using it and replenishing then not an issue.

Need more info on our LPG generators in Jamaica? Call CESCO now by clicking here

 

 

CESCO Ja | Sika Multiseal Tape Jamaica

Sika MultiSeal is a self-adhesive bituminous sealing tape for the sealing of cracks and joints in many common domestic and commercial situations. It consists of an aluminium foil reinforced by a polyester film and coated with a cold-adhesive bituminous compound.

 

Sika® MultiSeal Plus is perfect for both manufacturing and repair applications.

Transportation Roofing – Sika® MultiSeal Plus seals roofs around vents, skylights and other roof accessories in assembly or making on-the-road roofing repairs on recreational vehicles, fifth wheel campers, manufactured homes,
commercial utility trucks and trailers and more. It permanently bonds to a wide range of surfaces including difficult roof materials.

Windows – Sika® MultiSeal Plus forms a strong self-adhering moisture barrier around windows.

HVAC – Sika® MultiSeal Plus is ideal for sealing around duct work and air conditioning piping.

The applications to protect from water penetration are endless.


No primers are required with Sika® MultiSeal Plus. And, it seals to itself, so it can be cut and folded around an object. Sika® MultiSeal Plus is available in multiple widths:2”, 3”, 4”, 6” and 12” rolls of tape.

Sika® MultiSeal Plus is a fast, permanent, watertight seal featuring leading-edge synthetic adhesive properties. It’s pressure activated, so all you have to do is roll the tape into place and press firmly, preferably using a roller.

 

Sika® MultiSeal Plus provides advanced sealing technology as compared to alternative like products available in the market.
Advanced copolymer elastomeric properties offer instant adhesion, a simple peel and stick configuration, and validated long term performance.
Sika® MultiSeal Plus is the choice of top professionals. Simply peel, stick and seal to create a water tight seal.

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CESCO Ja | Sika Latex | Distributors in Jamaica

SikaLatex® is an acrylic-polymer latex that is used as admixture for cementitious bonding bridges and high quality site-mix mortars.

USES
SikaLatex® is used as bonding agent and site-mix mortar admixture for the following applications:
▪ Grouts and screeds ▪ Patch repair mortars ▪ Mansonry mortars ▪ Renders ▪ Tile adhesives ▪ Stucco and terrazzo

 

CHARACTERISTICS / ADVANTAGES
▪ Increased adhesion ▪ Reduced shrinkage and cracking ▪ Increased abrasion resistance ▪ Reduced permeability ▪ Improved workability ▪ User friendly ▪ Suitable on most common construction substrates ▪ An admixture in mortar and concrete to improve adhesion,and achieve a denser surface ▪▪ Increases resistance to freeze/thaw cycling

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS SUBSTRATE QUALITY / PRE-TREATMENT
The substrate shall be thoroughly clean, sound, free from dust, loose material, surface contamination and materials which reduce bond or prevent suction or wetting by cementitious materials.

De-laminated, weak, damaged and deteriorated substrate shall be removed by suitable means before application.
Rust, scale, dust and other loose and deleterious materials which reduces bond or contributes to corrosion shall be removed.

MIXING
Mix SikaLatex® with the correct amount of water to produce a gauging solution.
Pour part of the gauging solution into a suitable mixing container.
While mixing slowly, add the mortar mix to the gauging solution and mix thoroughly until a smooth, uniform and lump-free mix is achieved.
Within the mixing time add additional gauging solution to adjust to the desired consistency.

APPLICATION METHOD / TOOLS
Primer for acrylic coatings only Apply diluted SikaLatex® to prepared concrete substrate (CSP-3) using brushes, rollers, soft brooms, or spray.
SikaLatex® must be tack-free (film formation) prior to coating.
SikaLatex® may be applied up to 24 hours ahead providing the area is kept dry and clean.

Bonding Agent
Brush slurry into area to be resurfaced with stiffbristled broom or scrub brush.
Be sure entire surface and all edges are coated. Apply topping immediately over scrub coat before the bonding slurry dries.

Admixture
Immediately trowel SikaLatex® mortar or concrete mixes applied in areas to be patched.
Do not over-finish.
As soon as finish will resist damage, cure with damp burlap and/or white pigmented polyethylene film.
Curing should continue for 24 hours.
Pre-testing is recommended

LIMITATIONS
Never use pure SikaLatex® or SikaLatex®-water mix directly onto the substrate as bonding agent, always add cement and sand to the mix.
Non-reemulsifiable.
Does not produce a vapor barrier.
Toppings must be applied immediately over SikaLatex® bonding grout.
Do not apply solvents or solvent-based curing compounds to SikaLatex® mortar/ concrete.
Do not use air-entraining cements when used as an admixture.
Do not use for overlays.
As with all cement based materials, avoid contact with aluminum to prevent adverse chemical reaction and
possible product failure. Insulate potential areas of contact by coating aluminum bars, rails, posts etc. with an appropriate epoxy such as Sikadur® Hi-Mod 32.

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CESCO Ja – Usages for Sika Max Tack

Sika MaxTack® is a multipurpose grab adhesive for bonding building materials indoor and in sheltered outdoor areas. Due to its strong adhesion on various porous materials such as:

-Concrete, mortar, fiber cement, wood or painted substrates of decorative pieces

For bonding building materials indoor like:

-Decorative parts as skirting boards, wood frames, panel terracotta tiles, anodized aluminium, hard PVC profiles, polystyrene moldings and panels, polystyrene ceiling tile wood sticks and moldings.

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Sika Manto App Membrane | Jamaica

Sika® Mantle APP 3.0 Smooth – Polyester

Modified asphalt prefabricated membrane for hot climates or high temperatures of APP (Polypropylene Atactic) of 3.0mm thickness, with polyester reinforcement and smooth red, white or green finish .

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ADVANTAGES
▪ Cleaning and speed in its application.
▪ Resists moderate pedestrian traffic, the weather and the aggressive attack of the atmosphere.
▪ Use in any type of climate.
▪ Improves the appearance of the surfaces where it is applied.
▪ Excellent flexibility that allows it to support structural movements.
▪ It is non-toxic and does not contain solvents.

 

USES
As a waterproofing of horizontal surfaces: roofs, roofs or any structure of concrete, mortar, asbestos and galvanized sheet. As decorative coating and protector of concrete or mortar structures.

 

Presentation / Performance: Roll of 10 x 1 m.
Thickness – Reinforcement
3.0mm – Polyester

Finish:  Smooth Red, White and Green

Sika Latex® Bonding Agent and Mortar Admixture Available Now in Jamaica

CESCO Jamaica is pleased to introduce Sika Latex to the Jamaican market.

One admixture for all your mortar works: Bonding Agent (coatings with less cracking and dusting), thin concrete floors (higher strength floor screeds with less dusting, high water and wear resistance), repair mortar (better chemical, corrosion and carbonization resistance), pointing and rendering mortar (increased adhesion, less cracks), roof works (improved resistance to freeze/ thaw cycles and erosion), tile adhesive and grout (low permeability, high flexibility)

USES

SikaLatex® is used as bonding agent and site-mix mortar admixture for the following applications:

▪ Grouts and screeds ▪ Patch repair mortars ▪ Mansonry mortars ▪ Renders ▪ Tile adhesives ▪ Stucco and terrazzo

CHARACTERISTICS / ADVANTAGES

▪ Increased adhesion ▪ Reduced shrinkage and cracking ▪ Increased abrasion resistance ▪ Reduced permeability ▪ Improved workability ▪ ▪User friendly ▪ Suitable on most common construction substrates An admixture in mortar and concrete to improve adhesion, and achieve a denser surface ▪  Increases resistance to freeze/thaw cycling

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

SUBSTRATE QUALITY / PRE-TREATMENT

The substrate shall be thoroughly clean, sound, free from dust, loose material, surface contamination and materials which reduce bond or prevent suction or wetting by cementitious materials. ▪ De-laminated, weak, damaged and deteriorated substrate shall be removed by suitable means before application. ▪ Rust, scale, dust and other loose and deleterious materials which reduces bond or contributes to corrosion shall be removed.

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MIXING

Mix SikaLatex® with the correct amount of water to produce a gauging solution. ▪ Pour part of the gauging solution into a suitable mixing container. ▪ While mixing slowly, add the mortar mix to the gauging solution and mix thoroughly until a smooth, uniform and lump-free mix is achieved. ▪ Within the mixing time add additional gauging solution to adjust to the desired consistency. ▪

APPLICATION METHOD / TOOLS

Primer for acrylic coatings only

Apply diluted SikaLatex® to prepared concrete substrate (CSP-3) using brushes, rollers, soft brooms, or spray. ▪ SikaLatex® must be tack-free (film formation) prior to coating. ▪ SikaLatex® may be applied up to 24 hours ahead providing the area is kept dry and clean.

Bonding Agent

Brush slurry into area to be resurfaced with stiffbristled broom or scrub brush. ▪ ▪ Be sure entire surface and all edges are coated. Apply topping immediately over scrub coat before the bonding slurry dries.

Admixture

Immediately trowel SikaLatex® mortar or concrete mixes applied in areas to be patched. ▪ ▪ Do not over-finish. As soon as finish will resist damage, cure with damp burlap and/or white pigmented polyethylene film. ▪ ▪ Curing should continue for 24 hours. ▪ Pre-testing is recommended

LIMITATIONS

Never use pure SikaLatex® or SikaLatex®-water mix directly onto the substrate as bonding agent, always add cement and sand to the mix. ▪ Non-reemulsifiable. ▪ Does not produce a vapor barrier. Toppings must be applied immediately over SikaLatex® bonding grout. ▪ Do not apply solvents or solvent-based curing compounds to SikaLatex® mortar/ concrete. ▪ Do not use air-entraining cements when used as an admixture. ▪ ▪ Do not use for overlays. As with all cement based materials, avoid contact with aluminum to prevent adverse chemical reaction and possible product failure. Insulate potential areas of contact by coating aluminum bars, rails, posts etc. with an appropriate epoxy such as Sikadur® Hi-Mod 32.

Contact CESCO Jamaica for ore info on SikaLatex by clicking here