Bitumen is a crucial component of asphalt, which is primarily used for road construction, but it can also be used as a binder for creating asphalt concrete for the production of different waterproof products for the construction sector, where they are used for paving and roofing applications.
With the expansion of the infrastructure and the continuously growing construction industry in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE, there is a great demand of bitumen and asphalt products in the region and many companies have emerged on the market in order to cater to the need of these industries.
Roads made of asphalt have many benefits, such as being cost efficient, providing a reduce noise pollution, offering improved safety and comfort for the drivers, as well as being durable and the material being recyclable. Asphalt has the advantage of being customizable or appropriately formulated to traffic load and climatic conditions in the region. Thanks to the elasticity offered by the proper amount of bitumen in the composition, the surfaces can be designed to tolerate the high temperatures in the UAE all year round.
Being water repellent, flexible and resistant to the hot climate, bitumen membranes are perfect for all types of roofing applications, for both residential and commercial buildings and for different types of paving applications. Also, they are able to withstand structural movements and maintain their properties for years, contributing to the durability and longevity of the entire structure.
Bitumen and asphalt products, due to their ability to resist to heavy loads, can also be used in other applications, such as industrial floorings, roof top car parking lots, building foundations, electrical insulations, carpet tile backing, hydraulic constructions, sound absorbing panels used in the automotive sector and anti corrosion pipe coating.
These products are available in different bitumen concentration grades, the specifications for each one of them varying upon the needs of each consuming industry. Different physical properties are required for different performance characteristics needed in each application, as the weight the surface is able to withstand and the temperature resistance depend on the quality of the product and a specific level is required under different climatic and loading conditions the material will experience in service. The experts test every type of product using standardized methods of measurement, so that it is sure they will be suitable for the application they have been created for.