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Being a Construction Estimator and OPM I am always looking for products that will work better for my clients, be more cost effective and save time in installation of the product. I cme across this product called Cerlon a few years ago and did some research on it to see if it could be used in place of concrete in some applications. I found a product that can be used in many different applications and will explain it in this article.

What is Cerlon you ask? It is a product that you can use in place of concrete it is a green product that mixes with water and the water is the catalyst to start it hardening. Cerlon can be pumped poured or sprayed. There are different mixtures of Cerlon for the application that you want to use it on.

Another great feature of Cerlon is that you do not have to use winter protection to pour in the winter it can be done outside in 0 degree weather if you want to. The reason for this is that heat is what makes it set. I believe the term is exothermic reaction when you mix it with water. One of the things that you have to do with this product is mix it until you get to a temperature of about 80 to 90 degrees then you start using it.

In order to use this product we needed to be certified by the Cerlon Company it was a 3 day seminar on the dos and Don’ts of using Cerlon. One area they stressed about Cerlon is the only thing the same between concrete and Cerlon is that they both get hard. Concrete you can get about 5500 PSI out of it, whereas with Cerlon you can get about 9000 PSI

Cerlon will dry in about 10 minutes and if you install it on a set of stairs about ¾ of an inch thick it will also be resistant to salt deterioration. This makes the product good for using on seawalls and concrete decks on bridges where there is snow and ice.

This product has been used on walls in a type of EIFS installation spraying it on the wall over Styrofoam similar to a STO application.

If you have a large pour using Cerlon a Volumetric Mixer can be used. This is a unit that has all the materials stored on the truck and only mixes the amount of product needed for the job. When you use a volumetric mixer for Cerlon the auger drive has to be changed in order to mix this product properly, but once the auger is changed you can still use it for mixing concrete as it was found that the auger mixed concrete better also. This truck stores, stones, sand, water and Cerlon in different bins on the truck and mixes it as needed. The truck can hold up to 10 cubic yards of Product.

In closing I would like to say that Cerlon is a green product. In the future Cerlon will be used in place of concrete for many applications. Cerlon can be used for many repairs and new in buildings. The down side to this product is it dries in about 10 to 20 minutes depending on the temperature it is where you’re pouring it. The cooler the better for using Cerlon products as it stays workable longer.


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