CONSTRUCTIONS CHEMICALS THAT PROTECT HOMES
BY Thomas Andrew
When building a home, we all want the home of our dreams â€“ which is also beautiful, safe and protected from geo-hazards.
To safeguard your home from natural hazards, certain chemicals are used during construction, which contribute to the durability of the structure.
As per reports, the industry size is estimated to be Rs. 1,800 crores, and has the potential to grow to Rs. 5,000 crores by 2014.
In India, the construction chemicals industry is in its growth stage and shows good prospects.
The growth of the construction industry, combined with faster and safer construction, will drive the growth of the construction chemicals industry.
The construction chemicals industry in India is a combination of organized and unorganized sectors.
To make it a complete organized structure, leading manufacturers have come together to form an association â€“ The Construction Chemicals Manufacturersâ€™ Association (CCMA).
Construction chemicals include a number of different products such as cementation, cement admixture, cold applied products, acrylic, epoxy, hot applied products, resin, membranes and sealant adhesives.
These chemicals are used in structures to increase their life and to provide additional protection from environmental hazards.
There is an increasing need for high-quality construction chemicals, requiring detailed designing, good workmanship and the selection of appropriate building materials.
Some construction chemicals and their usages are given below:
Short-chain chlorinated paraffin (SCCP): SCCP is used as a lubricant and coolant in metal cutting and metal forming operations. This chemical is also used in saturated polyester resins, polyethylene, polypropylene and urethane foam.
Phthalates: Phthalates, called â€œplasticizers,â€? are used to make plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVS is used in buildings for carpet backing, wall coverings, resilient flooring, upholstery textiles, acoustical ceiling surfaces, roof membranes, waterproofing membranes, and electrical cord insulation.
Asbestos: Asbestos fibers are strong, chemical resistant, heat resistant and useful in providing heat insulation. Hence, they are most commonly used in floor and ceiling tiles, plasters, insulation, adhesives, fireproofing materials, wallboard, roofing materials and cement products.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is used widely in the manufacture of building materials and numerous household products such as pressed wood products, certain paints and coating products.
The construction chemical market has the potential to grow at a faster rate if end users are made aware of the benefits of using construction chemicals.
The entry of foreign companies and their technology into the construction sector have contributed to the changed mindsets that have ultimately resulted in the growth of this sector.
Currently, the planning of more new construction projects is expected to increase the consumption of construction chemicals.
The construction market is projected to grow at over 30% per annum for the next few years. Thus, this industry has huge potential for growth and is here to stay.