<span id="hs_cos_wrapper_name" class="hs_cos_wrapper hs_cos_wrapper_meta_field hs_cos_wrapper_type_text" style="" data-hs-cos-general-type="meta_field" data-hs-cos-type="text" >Comparing Structural Epoxy to Other Cementitious Repair Materials</span>

Structural epoxy and cementitious repair materials are both commonly used to repair and rehabilitate manholes, but they have some differences in terms of their properties and applications.


Structural epoxy (like Epoxytec CPP Sprayliner or CPP Troweliner) are two-part systems that consists of a resin and hardener that are mixed together to create a durable, high-strength adhesive. When applied to a manhole, epoxy can provide excellent bonding to the substrate, high chemical resistance, and a smooth, easy-to-clean surface. Epoxy can also be used to prevent inflow and infiltration (I & I), and repair cracks, seal joints, and provide a protective coating to prevent future deterioration.


Cementitious repair materials, on the other hand, are based on cement and other mineral-based materials that are mixed with water to create a paste or mortar. These materials are often used to repair and patch concrete surfaces, including manholes. Cementitious materials can provide good bonding to the substrate, but they may not be as effective in high-traffic or high-impact areas. Cementitious materials are also more porous than epoxy, which can make them more susceptible to chemical attack and staining over time.


Although both have their place, structural epoxy will typically outlast other repair materials for the following reasons:


  1. Chemical Resistance: Structural epoxy has excellent chemical resistance, making it an ideal choice for wastewater environments where exposure to harsh chemicals and corrosive substances is common. Cementitious repair materials, on the other hand, may not provide the same level of chemical resistance and may be more susceptible to degradation over time.
  2. Durability: Structural epoxy is a high-strength material that can withstand heavy loads, high traffic, and other stresses commonly encountered in wastewater environments. Epoxy can also provide a smooth and seamless surface that is easy to clean, reducing the risk of bacterial growth and other issues. Cementitious repair materials may not provide the same level of durability or may be more prone to cracking or chipping over time.
  3. Fast Cure Time: Structural epoxy typically cures faster than cementitious repair materials, allowing for faster turnaround times and less disruption to operations. This can be particularly beneficial in wastewater environments where downtime must be minimized to avoid interruptions in service.
  4. Ease of Application: Structural epoxy can be applied with relative ease using a variety of methods, including spray, brush, or roller. This makes it a versatile material that can be used in a wide range of applications. Cementitious repair materials, on the other hand, may be more difficult to apply and may require specialized equipment or training.

In general, the choice between structural epoxy and cementitious repair materials for manholes will depend on the specific needs and requirements of the application. Epoxy may be a better choice for high-traffic or high-impact areas, where a smooth, durable surface is required, and chemical resistance is important. Cementitious materials may be more suitable for low-traffic or non-structural areas, where cost is a factor and chemical resistance is less of a concern. The condition and location of the manhole, as well as the expected lifespan of the repair, will also be important factors to consider when choosing a repair material.  Contact a High Performance Coating Consultant for a thorough review.