Carrying on from our post last week (Part One) we wanted to share a few more important information on the benefits on using Bituminous Waterproofing on your next build!
A natural by-product of oil: Although bitumen does occur naturally at old oil fields, the current form used for manufacturing waterproofing membranes is produced by industrially refining crude oil, separating out the heavier constituents when that oil is distilled to produce fuel.
The industrial production of bitumen simply reproduces this natural process, by separating this natural process, by separating the various constituents of the oil. Bitumen does not result from chemical transformation, but by the use of by-products that might otherwise be wasted.
Because there is no chemical change the material is exceptionally stable over time and as the distillation is short, demands less energy and creates less waste than many other waterproofing materials.
Friendly to people and the environment: Essentially, bitumen consists of carbon and hydrogen. As a hydrocarbon not intended for combustion but for use in construction material, it is useful trap for carbon and in itself generates no greenhouse gases. The remaining constituents of bituminous membranes (fillers polymers, slate, sand, etc).
This means it is minimal hazard either to people or the natural world. Bitumen is insoluble in water, non-biodegradable, the therefore the ideal material to collect and contain water (Collection ponds, irrigation water, polluted water etc).
If you missed Part One of our post be sure to go back and learn about all the benefits of installing a Bituminous Waterproofing system!
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