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Neuchatel offer a waterproofing solution which is 200 years old, works on almost any surface and has a track record of 60 years plus on projects.
As legislation and codes of practice are forcing Architects and Constructors to be more accountable for their products and workmanship for longer terms, it’s becoming more and more critical that building materials are robust enough to withstand the passage of time.
In many areas modern construction materials have created new and exciting opportunities for enhancing our buildings, but more than a few have belatedly proven to be inadequate in the long term, resulting in long drawn-out lawsuits and loss of reputations. So it’s good to know there’s one or two products out there that have proven themselves through centuries of use, and we just can’t invent our way around them.
One such product is mastic asphalt, which has been with us since the 1700’s. It offers total waterproofing integrity for roofing and tanking, acts as a tough working surface and damp-proof membrane in flooring and is ideal for paving, offering a durable wearing surface.
Today’s modern mastic asphalt with its advanced polymer formulations for roofing and paving and seamless application is the finest material for flat roofs, decks and a whole range of construction applications – in fact, any situation where waterproofing integrity is vital.
It’s arguably the best protection against the elements that your podium or underground car park could get.
As a waterproofing agent, polymer modified mastic asphalt is unrivalled on so many levels…
- It’s robust and long lasting, allowing it to withstand dynamic as well as static loads.
- It’s impermeable yet flexible, so stretches and contracts as building naturally flex due to wind, heat, earthquakes, or any number of phenomena.
- It can be applied to almost any substrate, since it’s applied hot and fuses into the surface layer to form an airtight bond
- It creates a seamless impermeable barrier to water, acids, salts, and even pests and vermin.
- It’s viscous when applied, so molds to the contours of your floors and walls, leaving you with a smooth level surface.
- It sets quickly, and is strong enough for workers and machinery to operate directly on the surface within 24 hours.
- It’s odorless and non-toxic – you can even collect rainwater off a Neuchatel roof. And,
- It’s inert, so not a fire risk.
Polymer modified mastic asphalt should only be installed by MAC certified contractors. In this way, the entire industry can offer comprehensive guarantees with complete confidence on both labour and materials. At Neuchatel we insure your asphalt is installed by trained operatives who have undertaken the mastic asphalt industry’s extensive training programme which lasts for a minimum of three years to NVQ Level Two/Three, or equivalent. Few in the construction industry can claim to have trained their people so thoroughly and for so long. mastic asphalt
Polymer modified mastic asphalt costs little more than a two-layer bitumous membrane, yet it has considerably more integrity and lasts infinitely longer. We’ve used it on every type of project from private homes to massive public projects like Aotea Square, and it’s not uncommon for us to be refurbishing roofs which were originally sealed with mastic asphalt 70 years or more ago. It’s the waterproofing material of choice in plantrooms, where vibration adds an extra element of wear. And it was even used to waterproof the Murrays Bay Sailing Club’s new rooftop washing area.
In NZ, your fathers specified Mastic Asphalt in their designs, and their fathers did also. The only difference is that the product is getting better and better with each passing year.
For the last 100+ years Neuchatel has been protecting tens of thousands of surfaces from deterioration caused by heavy machinery and the elements. In this time they’ve refined their products and services to be more durable, environmentally friendly and affordable – especially for large scale projects. For more information, click the links above, or call us on 09 441 4595