Concrete, the single most widely-used building material in the world, has a history dating back to the Romans and ancient Egyptians. Given that concrete is used twice as much in construction over all other building materials, emphasis on quality, performance and sustainability is essential for the industry to grow and thrive.
One of the most important ingredients in high performance, long-lasting, durable and beautiful concrete produced today are concrete admixtures. Concrete admixtures are natural or manufactured chemicals or additives added during concrete mixing to enhance specific properties of the fresh or hardened concrete, such as workability, durability, or early and final strength.
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The first step in optimizing concrete is to recognize that concrete is no longer simply cementitious materials, aggregates and water. It is a high performance material with not just four, but seven essentials – consisting of water, cementitious material, sand, gravel, chemical admixtures, additives and fiber reinforcement.
Sika’s professional products have been approved on the biggest job sites in the world. Besides the direct sales to contractors and concrete professionals, Sika makes its products available through a broad network of distributors. Be it in professional trade or in retail channels, regarding product quality, Sika does not differentiate between the two market segments. Packaging and appearance of Sika products have been adapted to different requirements of the retail business. We believe that every customer deserves the best product.
For those who are designing and engineering the fresh and hardened concrete specifications, Sika provides expert support, from the drawing board to the job site. We welcome the chance to work with specifiers and help design cast-in-place concrete to exceed your expectations – whether it is a high-strength mix or a unique color or finish texture you want to specify. In addition to our support services and concrete admixtures, we have a comprehensive range of proven products from “basement to roof” for your project.