Building and Construction
Who lays a foundation for structural integrity?
Every day the people of Ashland put on their thinking (hard) hats to find, test and design the ingredients and pieces that, when combined, provide structural integrityto both residential and commercial buildings alike. Our lightweight moldable materials aid in the creation of sophisticated, safe designs, while our cultured and engineered stone and marble products add to the allure of counters, rest rooms and other hard surfaces. Ashland's core values, especially safety, extend beyond our walls and into yours, with structural adhesives, window films and fire retardant materials to make buildings, roads and bridges stronger and safer.
Building and construction is an industry with an ever-increasing need to balance structural integrity, usability, and long-term durability against overall material weight. That’s why industry leaders turn to us for the creation of stronger, lighter, more resistant substitutes for traditional materials. From high performing, cost-effective thermoset resins to cellulose ethers to specialty corrosion-resistant resins to structural adhesives, Ashland provides solutions to maintain balance between performance, cost and weight and to help you deliver superior end products in virtually every aspect of the construction process.
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Cement, Gypsum, Mortars and Compounds
From concrete and gypsum to joint compounds, mortars and tile cements, Ashland spreads the wealth of its knowledge and sophisticated chemistry across applications for use in both commercial and residential buildings. We continue to push the limits to find just the right balance between usability and workability with strength and integrity to save you both time and energy, which, when saved, has a positive impact on your bottom line. The combination of Ashland products, technology and solutions creates a useable and functional palette of options to easily spread success and cement your future success.
Although there are many different formulations for creating gypsum, cement, mortars and other similar products, a common set of desired properties, including water retention, adhesion and workability, exists for all products. The ongoing challenge is to balance the need for spreadability and workability, that enhance the usability and application properties, with minimal sag resistance to keep the product where it's needed at a consistent level. So whether your challenge deals with joint compounds, masonry, mortar, gypsum or concrete, Ashland combines products that manage the physical properties of aqueous systems with technology and testing to provide solutions for a wide array of applications. Ashland products can help achieve desired functional outcomes through rheology control, water retention, adhesive strength, binding power, film formation, deposition and suspension and emulsification action to maximize the benefits while minimizing the challenges. The solvers at Ashland can help you select the best products and optimize your formulations to maximize the usability and integrity of your products to provide the best overall outcome. With a global network of sales as well as R&D facilities, Ashland provides solutions in usability building and construction solutions around the world.
Bridges and Roads
Building safe, solid, connections
The intersections of roads, highways, and bridges create a vast network of connections that people use every day to get from here to there, safely. Ashland puts safety first, always, both at home and at work and while commuting to and from each. We've expanded our culture and knowledge of safety to find new routes to solutions including materials that, in addition to strength, provide both fire and corrosion resistance. With Ashland driving with you, the fast lane provides solutions to reduce maintenance and improve strength for bridges, beams and columns to keep traffic moving and connections strong. Don't get gridlocked, stay connected to Ashland for the best solutions.
For over 60 years the Ashland composite team has been finding solutions for a variety of transportation challenges. Both Derakane™ and Hetron™ resins can improve the integrity of both pedestrian and vehicle bridges by offering a high strength to weight ratio. The volume of vehicles on the roads continues to increase and bridge and road repairs, that require lane closures, result in huge traffic jams and can increase the blood pressure for many drivers. In addition their high strength and low weight, Ashland resins can help lower the cost and increase the length of the product life cycle. As solvers, we work with you to speed and ease the installation process thereby minimzing downtime and the headaches that it can cause.
Adhesives for Wood Products
Stick with Ashland wood adhesives
Ashland continues to keep its ear to the ground and nose to the grindstone to transfer its knowledge and expertise from one area to another. Ashland adhesives create strong, multilayered, wood products that can help you out of sticky construction situations. Inside and out, and top to bottom - from joists, beams and wall panels, Ashland adhesives help you construct with integrity.
When it comes to delivering solutions for engineered wood applications, Ashland has a solution for you. Whether you're looking at I-joists or web-to-web application, Ashland adhesives get the job done. These water based, formaldehyde-free, and environmentally acceptable products are also moisture- and solvent-resistant and clean up with just water. Able to be applied through both extrusion or roll coating, they can be either hot or cold press-cured or RF-cured. The family of Isoset™ adhesives are designed to deliver strength faster than competing adhesives to maximize production as they are designed specifically for soft woods used in Engineered Wood Product applications. Behind your EWP problems, is an Ashland solution.
Fire Retardant Materials
Pushing the boundaries in transit, architecture and art
Specified by both architects and engineers, Ashland resins offer lighter weight and cost effective alternatives to traditional construction materials such as steel, aluminum, wood, stone and concrete. Able to be curved, corrugated, ribbed, textured or contoured, these unique products create beautiful designs while adhering to building codes. Extensive testing by our analytics and technical teams ensures the integrity of these materials. Research shows that pound for pound, fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) provide strength and resistance to severe and extreme weather conditions.
Because they are lightweight, cost-effective, corrosion resistant and virtually maintenance free, architects and engineers specify Modar™ resins over more traditional building materials such as steel, aluminum, wood, stone and concrete. Ashland's line of resins and composite products offer lightweight, cost-effective, corrosion and fire resistant solutions to your construction challenges while creating award winning and functional designs.
Ashland resins are used to manufacture a wide variety of fire and low-smoke composites that are often specified in some architectural applications including: baseboards, columns, doors, facades, grating, ducting, light poles, moldings and cornices, planters, railings, stairways and window frames.
Modar resins can be used with all composite fabrication processes including:
Resin transfer molding (RTM)
In addition to being fire retardant, composites offer:
- to design strong lightweight products with maximum strength as determined by the design
- to absorb blows from the force of a bullet, explosion or flying debris in a storm
- to be fabricated into virtually any shape or configuration
- to mimic the appearance of other building materials including steel, stone or wood at a fraction of the cost
- to be installed without the use of special equipment
- to out-perform traditional materials by retaining their shape, size and function even in extreme conditions
- to offer long-term performance with little to no maintenance for overall cost savings
- Additional benefits:
- Composites don't easily conduct heat or cold thereby providing excellent insulation to help reduce energy costs
- Composites don't conduct electricity and are not magnetic making them ideal for electrical utility poles, cable trays and third rail covers
Adhesives for Assembly Prefab and EIFS
Inside, outside and everything in between…
By combining design with efficiency, wrapping a building with an external insulation and finishing system (EIFS), contributes to both the comfort of building inhabitants as well as the external beauty and allure of a building. Buildings today vie for LEED™ points and platinum, gold, silver and bronze certification and efficient insulation adds to the integrity of the building as well as the comfort of the inhabitants. And, since prefabricated panels are constructed in one place where weather, daylight and timing aren't obstacles, they can help save both time and money (key factors in the profitability of any building project.)
Because of their high performance bond strength and excellent resistance to weather and heat, Isogrip™ adhesives are recognized and used in prefabricated panels that are used for both product and structural manufacturing. These user-friendly adhesives chemically react in the presence of moisture to form a thermoset bond. Ashland's offering of ICC-ES recognized adhesives offer excellent resistance to water, heat, chemicals and humidty making them the preferred adhesive for use in a multitude of building components. Ashland adhesives are found in many construction applications including exterior entry doors, garage doors, architectural panels, patio enclosures and structural insulated panels. Comprised of a single component, they also contain no VOCs or formaldehyde and are also non-flamable - making them the solution to many of your building needs.
Let the sun shine (safely) in
While beautiful, sunlight streaming through a window can also create uncomfortable and even possibly dangerous environments for building residents. The right window film can provide a one-step solution to both situations. Ashland's adhesives for window films solutions help builders and automakers by maintaining a consistent comfortable temperature, stabilize energy consumption and costs and help reduce, if not eliminate, harmful UV radiation that has been linked to skin cancer. The people of Ashland stick with a problem until they find a solution and window films are no exception, providing a clear view to the best solution.
When storms or accidents arise, window safety films prevent broken glass from flying around and creating more injuries. Ashland films protect appliances from scratching during installation and carpet films help maintain that 'just installed' look. When your situation or problem calls for a film, call Ashland.
Engineered Stone, Marble and Onyx
Safe, stylish, sophisticated surfaces
Add to the allure of your environment with beautiful, functional and safe solid surfaces. Sleek, modern, beautiful kitches and baths help sell homes and the right countertop, shower or bath makes a difference. Countertops need to resist scratches, burns, and chipping while remaining smooth, clean and beautiful. The right material in a shower or tub can help create a spa-like feel for bathrooms. The teams at Ashland can help you create elegant environments with the right hard surface material. Ashland's solid surface solutions resist stains to keep them beautiful and best of all, are non-porous to keep them free from germs - especially important in kitchen and bathroom counters. Ashland is constantly cooking up solutions to keep you coming back for more.