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GRACE CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS INTRODUCES DRY-BRICK™ MORTAR ADMIXTURE
Patented Technology Minimizes Water Penetration Through Mortar Joints

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- Grace Construction Products, a world leader in the construction products industry, introduced DRY-BRICK™ Mortar Admixture. DRY-BRICK is a liquid, bond-enhancing, integral water-repellent admixture for masonry mortar. It represents the newest product in the company's comprehensive system for moisture control for masonry walls.

Formulated based on a patented technology, DRY-BRICK increases the flexural bond of both Portland cement/lime and masonry cement mortars to clay brick. It minimizes water penetration through the mortar joints and lessens the likelihood of mold and mildew in or on the interior wall.

"DRY-BRICK is the result of Grace's more than 50 years experience in the science of waterproofing and concrete technology," noted Jeremy Gray, general manager of Grace Construction Products' Masonry Unit. "Our unsurpassed market knowledge and technical expertise enable us to introduce innovative, economical, solution-oriented products such as DRY-BRICK. Destructive and costly, water damage is a critical issue for architects, engineers, contractors and building owners. DRY-BRICK provides superior protection against leaks," he added.

DRY-BRICK provides bond enhancement and water protection throughout the mortar joint. Water repellent properties prevent moisture from absorbing through the mortar joint into the building's interior. DRY-BRICK will reduce the water in the wall system, minimizing the likelihood of soluble salts in the mortar being dissolved and brought to the surface as efflorescence. It contains workablity agents to improve ease of placement and may reduce the total amount of water required to achieve the desired consistency.

DRY-BRICK is compatible with other Grace mortar admixtures. It is available in cases of twelve .95 liter (32 ounces) bottles and 208 liter (55 gallons) drums. For more information, customers may contact their local Grace Construction Products salesperson or visit the website at www.graceconstruction.com.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Grace Construction Products, a business unit of W.R. Grace & Co., is a world-leading manufacturer of Concrete Products, cement processing additives, fire protection and waterproofing products and masonry products. The company has more than 125 plants and sales offices around the world.


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