Q: What are different cement applications for the home?
Cement is used to build a solid, durable house and create attractive features that add real value to a home. A good quality cement can be used with confidence by DIY enthusiasts and small building contractors for all concrete, mortar and plaster jobs. Some examples are:
Lafarge cements such as Fastcast or Rapidcem will have probably already been used to manufacture concrete blocks or bricks and roof tiles.
The range of quality cements from Lafarge South Africa are designed to suit the
particular application, have guaranteed performance and are also formulated to be
Q: What are creative ways that home owners can use cement?
One of the most popular ways of giving a property an individual touch and enhancing its value is to use ArteviaTM decorative concretes for feature floors in the home, decorative driveways, pathways and patios. Beautiful long-lasting colours, textures and patterns are achieved using Lafarge cements blended with high quality colour pigments.
A striking example of a stylish ArteviaTM Polish floor.
Q: What are the benefits of using cement?
The primary benefit is to produce virtually any shape of concrete structure with a long life cycle and minimal maintenance requirements.
The formulation of a cement gives concrete different properties to suit the required applications on a project. For example, Buildcrete 32,5R makes a concrete mix more workable (easier to place and finish), produces hardened concrete that is stronger, more impermeable and durable, and gives better off-shutter finishes. The strength performance of Buildcrete also results in significant savings compared with an average general purpose cement.
A significant benefit of Buildcrete 32,5R is that it is environmentally-friendly. It is formulated with fly ash and releases 50% less greenhouse gas in its manufacture than a standard ordinary Portland cement.
Q: How do cement applications in a home add value to the property?
Cement provides the opportunity for a wide variety of applications that are strong, long life and low maintenance. Adding soundly-constructed features contributes genuine value to a property.
Q: What are the latest trends for 2013?
Lafarge South Africa works closely with its customers to keep in touch with their needs and anticipate future needs. Reflecting this, the company was the first manufacturer to introduce a complete range of cements with lower carbon footprints making them more environmentally-friendly. Backed by the unparalleled technical resources of its parent company Lafarge, the world leader in cement, Lafarge South Africa provides new generation extended cements that are better value and contribute to building productivity.
Q: What are the safety measures that should be followed when using cement?
Cement is such a commonly available product that many people use it without giving any thought to personal protection. When cement powder comes into contact with water - this includes the perspiration on your skin or the moisture in your eyes - it forms chemicals that are alkaline (caustic). If not washed off promptly, it can cause a skin reaction or caustic burn. It is important to take sensible handling precautions. Please take notice of the safety advice on the back of a cement bag:
Q: How can cement be used in a home to make it attractive?
Lafarge cement products such as Buildcrete and Powercrete Plus are used to make the company's innovative concretes AgiliaTM, HydromediaTM and ArteviaTM:
ArteviaTM Exposed combined with cobbles creates
a beautiful driveway.
Lafarge HydromediaTM was used to upgrade the
Kliptown Orphanage courtyard.
NOTES TO EDITORS: INNOVATION, A STRATEGIC PRIORITY
Located in 64 countries with 68, 000 employees, Lafarge is a world leader in building materials, with top ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates & Concrete businesses. In 2011, Lafarge posted sales of 15.3 billion euros.
Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, in order to develop materials to respond to customer needs, but also breakthrough solutions to meet tomorrow's challenges. Lafarge devotes 130 million euros to innovation each year, half of which goes towards research into reducing environmental footprint.
For more information on Lafarge, visit the website www.lafarge.com
For further information, please contact:
Country Communications Manager
Lafarge South Africa
Bridget von Holdt
Tel: 011 646-9992 / 082 6100650