In the arid Southwestern United States, the use of Water Repellants in construction, in all likelihood is a rarity….in Seattle it should be a necessity. The Puget Sound Region has the perfect climatic conditions for Concrete, Stone, Faux Stone, Precast and Masonry surfaces to be negatively affected by water penetration. Water soaking into masonry surfaces increases the potentiality for numerous aesthetic and physical changes in Block and Brick construction. Untreated surfaces of Concrete, Faux Stone and Precast Concrete are similarly affected. Soft porous Faux Stone and natural Stone materials, Sandstone and Limestone for example, are affected much like porous masonry. Denser Stone generally is less affected; however, the porous mortar joints between the Stone can exhibit the same side affects due to moisture, as any of the other absorbent materials. In short; the single most damaging element to masonry is water. Over time, sometimes in less than a year, water can stain and begin to degrade beautiful masonry work. Lime runs, efflorescence, chemical or biological staining and atmospheric contamination are just a few of the aesthetic detractors to masonry surfaces. Absorbed rain water also increases the danger of internally weakening the structure of masonry units and the mortar which holds them together, during repetitive freeze/thaw cycles. The Pacific Northwest has among the highest number of freeze/thaw cycles of any major population area in North America.
The proper method to avoid all these issues is to use the appropriate water repellant for the surface being treated. Today’s breathable water repellants are technically superior to the acrylic, paraffin and other film forming water repellants of years gone by. Contemporary repellants let vapor out without letting water in and without changing the desired appearance of the concrete or masonry. They are an invisible shield, which preserve the integrity and the appearance of the surfaces they are protecting.
For below grade applications where hydrostatic pressures are greater, than can adequately be addressed by liquid products, Salmon Bay carries high solids cementitious coatings, as well as, admixtures which can be added to new concrete placements. Salmon Bay has been involved with these water related issues and products for decades. We can lead you in the right direction when it comes to protecting your home, commercial building or business.
PROSOCO is a national manufacturer of products that clean, protect and maintain concrete, brick and stone. PROSOCO’s products and services are designed to improve the appearance and performance of architectural masonry, stone and concrete. This high level of specialization makes PROSOCO unique within the construction industry. The company has developed products for giving new life to historic buildings and monuments; maintenance and protection of existing buildings; and the cleaning and protection of new masonry and reinforced concrete structures.
Protectosil® building protection products increase the life cycle of your structure by mitigating the effects of man made and natural deterioration. Lower maintenance cost, less cleaning, reduced restoration and less vandalism are a few of the benefits of Protectosil® products. Protectosil® products are spray applied using standard equipment and have been proven to last well over 20 years. Salmon Bay carries the full complement of AQUA-TRETE, CHEM-TRETE and PROTECTOSIL branded products.
LATICRETE® supplies all you need to keep concrete surfaces and floors clean, sealed and protected from damaging chemicals, water and oils. Repellent products protect concrete from the damaging effects of water, road salts, chemicals and oils and are VOC compliant! Repellent products are perfect for commercial and industrial building floors as well as outside applications like driveways and concrete parking lots. Salmon Bay stocks the L&M brand of Laticrete products.
Merlex Super Blockade
Super Blockade is a proprietary formulation of Portland cements, graded aggregates and chemical additives. The correct amount of co-polymer powder is pre-mixed in the bag, so only water is required to achieve consistent waterproofing of Portland cement surfaces above and below grade.
For more than thirty years, proprietary Xypex Crystalline Technology has set an international standard of excellence in concrete waterproofing. Backed by a distribution and service network in more than seventy countries, our diverse and reliable product line is available wherever and whenever you need it, including Salmon Bay. We carry Xypex’s complete product line including the concrete admixes.