Very few construction projects still use traditional clay bricks to build walls. Instead, AAC blocks have become the favored construction material. And why not- they’re bigger yet lighter, insulating, fire and mold resistant and have a more even size. This is not the only change happening in today’s construction scenario. With AAC blocks replacing clay bricks, traditional cement mortar is also getting replaced by block joining mortar.

What is block joining mortar?

Block joining mortar is a dry-mix mortar formulated to meet the needs of AAC blocks. This is a high strength adhesive made of graded sand, cement and polymers. Where traditionally, a thick layer of cement was needed to hold bricks together, only a 3-4mm thick layer of block joining mortar is needed to hold AAC blocks together now. There are a number of other advantages as well.

Since a thinner layer of the mortar is enough to join AAC blocks, lesser material is needed for each project. This in turn reduces the storage space required and transportation costs. It is also important to note that there is less wastage involved in the use of this block joining mortar.

The mortar is a ready-mix material that only needs to be mixed with water before use. Also, unlike traditional cement, block joining mortar is self-curing. Thus, it is easier to use and speeds up construction timelines. Since there is no onsite mixing of materials needed, it also helps maintain cleaner sites.

Since block joining mortar is factory made, unlike traditional cement mortar, it is easier to control quality standards. Thus, all batches of the mortar have the same standards and an even consistency. This has a positive effect on the final finish of the construction project. Also, like AAC blocks, block joining mortar is formulated to have thermal insulating properties that prevent heat transfer through walls.

Magicrete and block joining mortar

MagicBond by Magicrete is a strong polymer based block joining mortar that is being widely used by forward-thinking builders and developers. The polymer base retains moisture and helps the mortar form a strong bond with the AAC blocks and prevents shrinkage cracks. This thermal insulating mortar does not allow heat or water to pass through and hence improves the quality of a construction project. Given its low density and high volume, MagicBond has a high coverage that makes the material cost effective. Overall, it is not only more budget-friendly than traditional cement mortar, but also stronger and more durable.