Concrete Repair

Given the huge amount of concrete structures that surround us day to day, it is easy to take concrete for granted and how it enables us to live the lives we do in our evolving urban landscapes. Just like us, concrete needs to be maintained. It is affected by the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Deterioration of concrete may happen due to corrosion, structural damage, water infiltration, seismic activity or a multitude of other reasons. Years of research plus decades of practical experience have enabled Buildmate to develop a fully comprehensive solution to restore and rehabilitate concrete structures. Buildmate customer advice and support is second to none, from concept to successful completion on site. This is all based on more than 100 years of experience on large and small projects all over the world.

Key Causes of Concrete Failure and Why to Fix It

Deterioration of concrete is largely due to:    

Chemical degradation, e.g. chemical exposure, alkali aggregate reactions, bacterial action


Corrosion of the reinforcement steel, e.g. carbonation, chlorides, stray electrical current


Mechanical attack, e.g. impact, overloading, movement, earthquake, explosion


Physical damage, e.g. freeze/thaw action, thermal movements, shrinkage, abrasion, wear


Underlying contributors, e.g. poor construction, design faults, lack of maintenance

Reasons for concrete repair:

Replace defective concrete


Restore structural integrity


Restore aesthetic appearance


Restore geometric appearance


Restore durability

Products and Systems for Many Concrete Repair Applications

Repair and renovation of concrete buildings and infrastructure is an important process – it helps us to provide a sustainable approach to building – prolonging the life of a structure and preventing demolition and reconstruction. The choice of the appropriate rehabilitation strategy, based on the root cause of concrete failure, can also significantly improve the overall performance of a structure. Buildmate has a wide portfolio of products and systems to solve many concrete repair needs.

Corrosion protection and bonding primers are used for bonding concrete repair mortars to existing cementitious or steel substrates and providing additional corrosion protection to reinforcement steel, especially in areas of low concrete cover and in the presence of chlorides. Exposed reinforcement steel bars should be properly prepared and protected with anti-corrosion slurry to further enhance the repair process.


  • Ready to mix, easy to apply
  • Adjustable consistency
  • Active corrosion inhibitors for added protection
  • Can be sprayed or manually applied

Repair mortars are specifically designed for restoring or replacing the original profile and function of the damaged concrete. They help to repair concrete defects, improve appearance, restore structural integrity, increase durability and extend the structure’s longevity.

Buildmate concrete repair mortars are suitable for restoration work, repair of spalling and damaged concrete in all types of structures including buildings, bridges, infrastructure and super-structures.


  • Easy to mix and apply
  • Pre-bagged for quality, just add water
  • High mechanical properties
  • Can be overcoated with Buildmate leveling mortars
  • Can be sprayed or manually applied
  • Pure cement-based, cementitious, polymer-modified and epoxy-based repair mortar materials available

When concrete needs to be coated or levelled, special mortars are necessary to fill the surface pores. Buildmate pore fillers and leveling mortars are thin layer renders designed to repair minor defects, such as repairing pores and honeycombed concrete.


  • Easy to mix and apply
  • Pre-bagged for quality, just add water
  • Can be overcoated with Buildmate protection coatings
  • Can be sprayed or manually applied

The most common causes of steel reinforcement corrosion in concrete are caused by carbonation or chloride ingress with water. Understanding the root cause of steel corrosion determines the most effective repair and protection strategy.

Buildmate provides a full range of products to prevent further corrosion of steel reinforcement by properly protecting the concrete around it. Our corrosion management systems allow flexibility to select the most cost effective, suitable solutions for your project’s needs.

Roof Repair with Single-Ply Membrane

Mechanically-Fastened Systems with Sarnafil® / Sikaplan®

Mechanically-fastened roofs are usually the most cost efficient solution for polymeric sheet membrane roof renovation projects with many advantages:

  • Sarnafil® T polyolefin membranes are resistant to bitumen and can be applied directly on top of the old bitumen waterproofing
  • The fastest installation speed is achieved with mechanical fastening
  • Sarnafil® and Sikaplan® membranes for mechanical fastening have special polyester reinforcement, enabling high wind load resistance
  • Installation is almost non-weather dependent
Adhered Systems with Sarnafil® / Sikaplan®

Sarnafil® and Sikaplan® adhered roofing systems are designed specifically for roof renovations, making them the number one choice for re-roofing bituminous roofs for many reasons:

  • Bitumen compatible membrane
  • Membrane and insulation adhesives with excellent adhesion directly to bitumen
  • No penetration of the existing roof build-up is required
  • Very low noise emissions during installation
  • Easy application on simple and complex roof shapes
  • High aesthetic appearance and visual improvement
  • Many design possibilities with colored membranes and profiles