The clocks have gone back and there is definitely a chill in the air. The long hot summer is rapidly becoming a distant memory as everyone braces for winter. Building work goes on whatever the season, so we thought it would be a good time to provide some tips on installing our systems in cold conditions.
The adhesives used to glue the brick slips to the backer panel are affected by temperature. If using in colder conditions or if the tubes are particularly cold, say from being on-site overnight, it is advisable to warm up the adhesive before use to make it easier to work with. This can be done by storing the adhesive in a warm place such as the site office or immersing in warm/hot water prior to use. In cold weather, the glue may take longer to go off as curing only occurs in temperatures of 5˚C+.
The Europoint mortar is a sand and cement based mortar so it should only be applied in conditions of 4˚C and rising. It should be noted that the mortar will take longer to go off before it can be tooled and curing will also be slower in low temperatures. This needs to be taken into account when planning the work schedules in the shorter days of winter. You must not begin to point brickwork that cannot be tooled off in the same day. Finished work should be protected from frost and rain until fully cured, by covering with hessian type material.
Should you have any queries regarding installation of our systems please contact the technical team, who will be happy to assist. Alternatively, you can visit the Resources section of our website and look at downloads, where you will find Installation Guides and Europoint Instructions.