Last edited 25 Jan 2018

Blinding

In construction, blinding is a base layer of weak concrete or sand that is laid above a layer of hardcore to provide a clean, level and dry working surface.

A thin layer, usually around 50 mm (2 inches) thick, of blinding is poured over the hardcore, sealing in the underlying material and levelling off the surface.

If a damp-proof membrane (DPM) is to be placed above it, the blinding will help prevent it from becoming damaged by the hardcore. If a damp-proof membrane is not being laid directly above the blinding, the blinding instead provides a sturdy surface on which reinforcement for a concrete floor or raft foundation can be positioned, it prevents the concrete from seeping down into the hardcore, and it reduces the amount of moisture penetrating up into the concrete.

The concrete used for blinding is weak compared with structural concrete, and can withstand lower loading. If necessary, steel mats can be used to reinforce either the entire blinding layer or the specific areas of high loading.

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