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The waterproofing properties of bitumen make it an ideal sealant, filler or adhesive, whatever the scale of the project from dams, reservoirs and canals to domestic roofs and floors.


The waterproofing properties of bitumen have been recognised for thousands of years and used for a range of hydraulic applications including:

  • canal lining;
  • reservoir lining;
  • dam construction;
  • sea wall construction;
  • coastal groynes; and 
  • lining leisure lakes.


The two principal properties that make bitumen ideal for industrial applications are its impermeability and the fact that it is chemically inert. One great advantage of asphalt is that it can be laid on a dam or reservoir face in a continuous manner, thus eliminating joints which can become points of weakness and cause leaks.

Shell Bitumen is applied in the form of mastic asphalt for roofing, flooring, paving or tanking and is capable of out-performing and outlasting all other comparable materials used in such applications.

In the DIY market, a variety of bitumen based sealants, fillers and adhesives are available to householders from the roof to the basement.

Solutions For...

Bitumen waterproofing

Bitumen has unique waterproofing properties, due largely to its impermeability and lack of reactivity, which make it an ideal sealant for many civil engineering, property and DIY waterproofing applications.

Car on road

High performance bitumens designed to maximize resistance to permanent deformation and reduce fatigue of asphalt mixtures that are used in the most demanding locations.

Low Temperature Mixing
Lowering asphalt mixing temperatures can reduce plant and machinery costs while lowering emissions of CO2, dust and fumes.
Low Odour
We have developed solutions to help you improve ambient air quality around asphalt operations, neutralising the substances that cause odour to be released from bitumen.