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Factory produced silo mortars offer a range of mix proportions and overcome many potential problems relating to site mixing. This datasheet will explore its composition and manufacture, properties, selection of mortar mix, durability and maintanance.
The benefit of using lime in mortar has been recognised by builders throughout the ages. The ancient Greeks and Romans produced mortar by burning limestone and slaking (mixing with water) the resultant product, then mixing this lime with sand. Many ancient buildings stand today as monuments to the efficiency and durability of these traditional lime mortars, and much of the lime used therein was hydraulic, that is, it gained strength by hydrating and setting.
Mortars can be pigmented to highlight, enhance or tone in with the masonry used. The colour of the mortar joint can totally change the appearance of the finished masonry and a comprehensive range of colours and shades are available from suppliers of factory produced mortars.
The constituent materials and the proportions of those in the mix determine the properties of a masonry mortar in both the fresh and hardened states. The relationship between the fresh and hardened properties of mortar is complex; it being impossible to consider individual properties, in either state, in isolation.
MPA Mortar provides a range of informative resources on mortar mixes and applications.
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