In most of the residential structures, nowadays AAC blocks are used as wall units, due to many of its advantages. They are lightweight blocks which are easy to handle and are sustainable. AAC blocks have good thermal insulation and use fly ash in the production. Thus they are listed in the list of eco friendly or green building materials.
For masonry construction cement sand mortar is used since many decades. But the use of conventional mortar with recently invented AAC blocks has lead to low construction quality, due to their mismatched properties. The cement mortar is heavier to bond with AAC blocks and also does not have thermal insulation properties, which leads to less thermal insulation when the whole masonry is considered.
Hence, special adhesives have been formulated to match the properties of AAC blocks. This AAC block adhesive has more advantages over conventional cement mortar when used with AAC block. There arises confusion among contractors and homeowners as to which is cost effective; AAC block adhesive or cement mortar? Here we have given the advantages of AAC block adhesive and its cost comparison with conventional cement sand mortar, to help you make a right choice.
Adhesive for AAC blocks are specially formulated adhesives made from cement, lime, sand and specialized polymers. Some companies also use fly ash in the formulation. These adhesives replace the 8-12 mm thickness of mortar to just 3-4 mm. There are many advantages when compared with conventional cement sand mortar.
Only 3-4 mm of adhesive is sufficient to join AAC blocks as compared to cement sand mortar, which takes 8-12 mm thick mortar joints. Hence the jointing material is reduced by 75%.
There is less volume of adhesive consumed for the same wall, when compared with cement mortar. Hence, less material is required for joining AAC blocks. Also the joints are thin in case of AAC block adhesive. This leads to reduction in storage space of the material, fewer labours to handle and also reduced cost of transportation.
AAC block adhesive is a ready-mix material and only water is to be added in it for application. While in case of cement sand mortar, the raw materials are to be correctly proportioned and then mixed carefully to obtain the paste, which is time consuming.
The adhesives are formulated such that they are self curing. No water is needed for curing the adhesive, and hence they help in saving water as well as money.
In case of conventional mortar, due to mixing on site and curing, the cleanliness of site is not maintained. While AAC block adhesive comes in premix form, and is to be mixed with water only. Due to this and its self-curing nature, the cleanliness of site is maintained.
As no curing is to be done, the masonry wall is ready in just 24 hours. While in case of cement sand mortar, curing is done for 7 days.
AAC block adhesive is available in dry form throughout the year, which may not be the case of mortar. Sometimes moist sand is available, which has to be dried and then used. This will lead to an increase in the cost of the mortar.
Cement mortar accounts for 20-30% of wastage during its use. While there is negligible or no waste of AAC block adhesive.
The AAC block adhesive is specially formulated to match the thermal insulation property of AAC blocks. Hence, the whole masonry acts as a thermal barrier which is not the case of cement mortar.
As the adhesives are manufactured in factories under controlled conditions, the quality control measures can be effectively observed and the ultimate product is of superior quality. Cement mortar is prepared on site, and sometimes it is difficult to maintain the quality of mortar as it is being prepared on-site. When mortar is prepared on site, the raw materials cannot be checked for quality. The manufacturers will test the raw materials and then use them in the manufacturing of the adhesives.
= 0.600 x 0.200 x 0.200 = 0.0240 cu.mt.
= 0.600 x 0.210 x 0.210 = 0.0265 cu.mt.
= 1/0.0265 = 37.7 = 38 blocks
= 38 x 0.0240 = 0.912 cu.mt.
= 0.088 + 0.088 x 0.25 = 0.110 cu.mt.
= 1 x 0.11 /(1+6) = 0.016 cu. mt.
= 23.04/50 = 0.46 Bag.
= 6 x 0.016 = 0.096 cu. mt.
= 1600 x 0.096 = 154 kg.
= 0.46 x 310 = Rupees 143.
= 3.08 x 170 = Rupees 524.
= 7.43 x 0.2 = 1.486 Cu.mt./ 40 Kg bag.
Note: Here wastage is not considered if wastage is accounted then the cost would further increase.
Thus from above calculation, the AAC block adhesive is less expensive, i.e. more cost effective. AAC block adhesive has many advantages and is cheaper than conventional mortar. Due to its advantages, the cost of curing, transportation and labour also reduces. Hence, homeowner should consider buying the adhesive while constructing with AAC blocks. There are many manufacturers who make eco-friendly adhesive. Hence such options must be considered.