Bitumen, also known as asphalt, is a sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid form of petroleum. Thanks to its waterproofing qualities, it is widely used in construction. Bituminous membranes are perfect for waterproofing roofs, basements, below-ground structures, bridges and other structures.

Typical Application Fields

For Bitumen Roofs

Close up view of bitumen membrane applied on roof at parapet

Flat Roofs

Bitumen Terrace of Residence building in Muehlau Kirchgasse

Terraces

Sika flooring system in parking garage Lammermarkt in Leiden Netherlands

Parking Levels

Comet hangar roof after renovation of bitumen roof

Pitched Roofs

Builiding with green roof in the mountains

Green Roofs

Two workers rolling SikaBit bitumen membrane apply on roof

Roof Renovation

For Bitumen Waterproofing

Bituminous Membrane Basement from Outside

Basements

Man applying bituminous membrane on a building basement

Below-Grade Structures

Application of bituminous membrane on a podium

Podiums

Bridge in Klosters Switzerland

Bridge Decks

Waste water treatment plant in Wroclaw in Poland

Tank Lining

Torch-applied Bituminous Membranes

Bituminous waterproofing membrane

Once applied, Sika’s bituminous membranes are a thin layer of watertight material fully-bonded to the surface. It is a flexible system, able to maintain its waterproof capacity without causing cracks.

See the general bituminous membrane build-up below.  

Main Uses

  • Retaining walls, basements and below-ground structures
  • Flat roofs under protective layers of ballast 
  • Balconies and terraces under tiles
  • Wet areas
  • Underground car parks
  • Bridges
  • Raft slabs and foundations
  • Protection of various substrates in a wide range of applications

Advantages

  • Fully-bonded system
  • Resistant to the most extreme weather conditions
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Excellent mechanical properties
  • High resistance to mechanical damage and punctures

Self-adhesive Bituminous Membranes

Bituminous Membrane Basement from Outside

Self-adhesive bituminous membranes are covered by a release liner, which is removed during application.

Main Uses

  • Wood substrates
  • Flammable areas
  • Small areas, vertical surfaces or those areas with difficult access
  • Retaining walls, basements and below-ground structures

Advantages

  • No torch needed
  • Safer, faster installation
  • No special equipment needed
  • Excellent adhesion, even at low temperatures

Bitumen LAM (Cold-applied, Liquid -applied Membrane)

Application of cold-applied bitumen membrane with a hand trowel

Bitumen liquid-applied membranes are the perfect solution for seamless, fully-adhered and safe systems. They are polymer-modified bitumen emulsions which require no torch or flame to be applied. They are available as water-based or solvent-based coatings.

Main Uses

  • Below-ground areas facing ground moisture, such as foundations  
  • Wet areas  
  • Swimming pools  
  • Renovation projects
  • Detailing
  • Typically used for residential and industrial buildings
  • As an adhesive to bond lightweight thermal insulation boards

Advantages

  • No torch needed
  • Fully-bonded, seamless system
  • Crack-bridging capability
  • Safer, faster installation

General Bituminous Membrane Build-Up

The combination of raw materials can be built up in thousands of possibilities, but this is a typical composition example.  

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