Additives

Accelerators

Accelerators are additives that often are used to decrease the setting time. Calcium Formate is a common Accelerator. 

Air Entrainers

Often surfactants, like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), are used as air entrainer additives

Anti Sagging

Products used to control the sagging properties of mortar. 

Defoamers

Mineral and silicone based substances used to control and limit the building of micro-bubbles inside concrete and mortar mixtures.

Dispersing Agents

Additives, such as Polycarboxylate, with beneficial dispersing properties for concrete and mortar

Fibers

Synthetic or natural fibers used to strengthen concrete and mortar. 

Hydrophobic Agents

Additives creating hydrophobic environments inside construction cement, concrete and mortar mixtures

Redispersible Polymer Powders

Polymer powders derived from polymer emulsions, adding flexibility and processability to the mortar and gypsum. 

Retarders

Retarders, such as Tartaric acid, increase the setting time of concrete and mortar.

Silicone Oils

Commonly used in waterproofing and coating of construction materials.  One popular silicon oil is methyl hydrogen silicon fluid. 

Superplasticizers

Polycarboxylate is the most common Superplasticizer, reducing the amount of water need in concrete mixtures and adding beneficial processing properties. 

Water Reducers

Similar to superplasticizers, adding water reducers to concrete and mortar reduces the need for water in the mixtures. 

Water Repellents

Keeping water out of concrete and mortar is the main function for water repellents. Silane / Siloxane mixtures are very effective water repellents. 

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