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January 9th, 2012

Prosoco R-Guard

Salmon Bay is now a Stocking Distributor of Prosoco R-Guard air / water-resistive and waterproofing barrier systems. These systems are designed for sheathing and CMU back-up walls in commercial and residential construction, or as a key component in remedial and energy saving projects. The system consists of Primary Air Barriers, Joint and Seam Treatments, Penetration, as well as, Transition Treatments. The system maximizes wall R-values by preventing the unwanted movement of water and air through building envelopes.

January 9th, 2012

Cold Weather Concrete

Placing Concrete in cold weather is possible, however certain precautions and steps need to be taken in order to have the placement turn out successfully. Regular concrete without any cold weather admixtures will take up to 10 hours to set @ 50 degrees… 30 degrees it can take up to 20 hours along with running the risk of “freezing” the concrete. Freezing concrete in actuality is freezing the residual water, which remains in the freshly placed concrete. This conditioncan severely damage the new concrete.

What you can do:

  • Never pour concrete on to a frozen surface
  • Add an extra sack of cement to the mix/ yard
  • Use Type III High Early Cement instead of Standard Type I/II Cement
  • Add a concrete accelerating admixture
  • Use heated water
  • Ask one of our concrete specialist for advice

After the concrete has been placed it needs to be protected from freezing for at least 3-7 days, failing to do so can cause the top to pop, as the water concentrated in that area freezes. Frozen concrete will never be as durable or strong as the mix was intended to be. NEVER use de-icing salts on concrete…try sand instead. Salt will cause surface spawling.

July 27th, 2011

Concrete Tips

Placing Concrete in warm weather can be a challenge, use any or all of these tips to help make your concrete pour more successful:


  • • Use retarding admixes
  • • Pre-wet the forms or sub-grade
  • • Have enough help
  • • Start early in the day or use afternoon shade to your advantage
  • • Use curing compounds or moist cure flat work
  • • Use an evaporation control product after placement


All these steps plus the right mix can help reduce rapid evaporation and setting times that often cause finishing issues, lower concrete strengths and unnecessary cracking.

July 27th, 2011

Industrial Casting Plaster

Salmon Bay is now a distributor of United States Gypsum Company’s line of Industrial Casting Plaster. Salmon Bay carries a complete assortment of USG’s specialty casting products in their Seattle warehouse.

July 27th, 2011

Project of the Year Awards

JJ Jefferson & Sons and Bradshaw & Associates win Project of the Year Awards at the annual Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau convention held in Victoria, BC.

The Fort Greely (Alaska) energy retrofit project was a winner for Bradshaw & Associates. Bradshaw, out of Anchorage, AK, completed a Senergy adhered-mat EIFS installation on nine of the Military Base’s post WW II CMU and Concrete barracks. Jointly, the project at Fort Greely and a similar project completed at Fort Wainwright were the largest energy restoration project ever completed in Alaska. Energy savings in the millions of dollars are anticipated over the next decade.

Cal-Mor Circle (Seattle) was the award winner for JJ Jefferson of Seattle. Cal-Mor Circle is part of the Seattle Housing Authority Homeworks program, which is upgrading and repairing SHA properties around Seattle. Cal-Mor was one of five buildings that Jefferson has completed for the SHA. A Senergy EIFS system was installed to correct leaking masonry, to provide long term energy savings and to update the look of the SHA’s unique 8-story circular residential structure.