What is a Mastic Asphalt Spreader?

A unique tradesman which time has never changed.

Apart from a metal trowel, a mastic asphalt spreaders tools are all hand made sculptured handles to fit the operative’s hand from a large wooden float to lay the horizontal to a small crafted thumb tool for awkward corners. The only changes to a mastic asphalt spreader, over a considerable length of time, has been a 5-year apprenticeship in the 1950s to a 2-year N.V.Q up to this day.

Why unique, this tradesman has learnt the art of being able to work with hot molten asphalt up to 220°C using hand tools to craft mastic asphalt not only as a seamless complete waterproofing system to an easy on the eye finished set of steps. From asphalt roofing, carparks, paving, flooring and mastic asphalt tanking this tradesman covers the entire spectrum of waterproofing. Many years of learning follow the finish of your N.V.Q, being able to communicate with other trades working together to achieve a waterproof roof which looks complete and also providing longevity, when maintained the right way.

All the hand made tools serve a purpose to a mastic asphalt spreader; a skirting float is used for upstands, a fillet tool joins the horizontal to the upstands, barrell stave which can make an awkward half round corner look like cut marble. Delivered to the mastic spreader in metal buckets, the art of being able to float the asphalt out of the bucket using a crafted wooden stick to the upstand is something even other tradesman stand to admire. Obviously quite strenuous over the course of the day the finished product is one a mastic asphalt spreader looks back with pride.

For more interesting information about mastic asphalt please read more of our blog posts. An index of all our blog posts covering all aspects of asphalt can be found by clicking on the following link: Mastic Asphalt Blog.

If you need any more information about the trade of an asphalt spreader please get in touch with our friendly team at Heritage Asphalt or call us today on 0207 781 8150.

For more interesting information about mastic asphalt please read more of our blog posts. An index of all our blog posts covering all aspects of asphalt can be found by clicking on the following link: Mastic Asphalt Blog.

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“I found Heritage Asphalt by accident on the Internet. It was a video about asphalting steps. I called Ryun who was very professional and had a great deal of experience and knowledge. The job was booked in straightaway and a team set about taking off old asphalt rebuilding and repairing the big Victorian staircase and then asphalting. The finish was quite amazing, these guys are very skillful at what they do and My husband and I were delighted. They were a professional team really hard working and highly recommend them.” Customer in London

“First class job - very polite. Couldn't have chosen better - highly recommend this company. Thank you.” Mrs Susan Knight

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“Ryan and team arrived, late afternoon, as agreed, to review balcony, approx. 25m2, 3 sides fed by tiled roof and one long length hand-rail. Problem, 3 leaks in different places from 10yr old asphalt roof. We discussed the problem and Ryun suggested a choice of two plan of action. We found his quotation very acceptable. This work was completed as agreed, in only a few days, to our complete satisfaction. Eight months after completion, I can now report that after a very wet winter, the roof is in a sound state. An excellent job done.” Customer in Cambridge