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. Cracking, spalling and delamination, resulting from repetitive freezing and thawing cycles, are problems also encountered in concrete, precast concrete and other exterior products having porous surfaces.
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. Those products trapped water vapor within the surface they were supposed to protect and nearly always lead to some type of aesthetic or other water related damage. 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.
L & M Construction Chemicals
Since its inception, L&M has realized the construction industry’s need to improve the durability and appearance of concrete. In answer to those needs L & M has developed and offers a number of excellent concrete products while continuing to be at the cutting edge of concrete chemistry and market trends. L&M has a solid track record of improving product formulations to protect the environment. Toward this end, over the years L&M has developed and introduced a number of environmentally sensitive, waterborne, low odor products to replace VOC containing, solvent-based cures, sealers, and water repellents in concrete construction.
BASF Building Systems is the market leader in chemicals and building products for the construction industry. They manufacture innovative products under nine well-known brands: Sonneborn®, Thoro®, MBT® Protection and Repair, CHEMREX®. These premier products provide joint sealant, waterproofing, grout, concrete repair, water repellent, surface adhesives and wall coating solutions for construction and renovation projects around the globe. Salmon Bay has all these product lines available in stock or by special order.
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.