Bitumen is one of the oldest known engineering materials. Also known as asphalt, bitumen has been used as an adhesive and waterproofing coating for some time. Beyond its widespread use for road paving, bituminous coatings are also used in many industries to prevent corrosion of metallic substrates.
This guide examines bitumen, the raw material used to manufacture bituminous coatings, the history of bituminous coatings, and common applications. It also covers the substrate preparation steps that are required before applying this type of coating.