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ProCoat Systems Branches Out to the Vibrant Salt Lake City Construction Market

ProCoat - April 27, 2016

New Store fills a need for natural stone veneer, EIFS/stucco materiPR-ProCoat-stone-veneerals in Salt Lake

Stone Veneer Salt Lake CityApril 2016 – Salt Lake City, UT – ProCoat Systems, a company that has served the Colorado region for decades by offering top-of-the-line cultured and natural stone veneers, stuccos and EIFS systems, waterproofing and air barrier systems for commercial and residential construction, recently expanded to serve the vibrant Salt Lake City market. From their West Valley City location, ProCoat Systems brings with them their many years of diverse product expertise regarding building cladding, the creation of visually striking interior accent walls, fireplace veneers, and other interior design detailing, as well as representing the best products for concrete and exterior waterproofing of both the building envelop or concrete surface. Building on their core product lines; stucco and stone veneer, Salt Lake City building contractors will now have one location to source their exterior building materials.

“Salt Lake City is a building market that was primed for the type of construction building products our company was built upon,” said Martin Diner, product manager of both Salt Lake and Colorado markets. “With the backing of our parent company, Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN), we can enter the market with a full line of our key building products in each category, as well as have the space and the experienced personnel to offer contractor’s a one-stop location for almost every product that is offered to protect the exterior envelop of a building.”

ProCoat Systems remains an integral part of transforming the visual landscape of the Denver region’s upscale shops, eateries, entertainment spaces and residences through providing world-class building cladding products and expert advice to professional contractors, designers and builders. They expect to bring the same type of transformation support to the Salt Lake City region, where exciting combinations of modern stucco and stone veneers, whether inside or out, can provide limitless looks of elegance while providing unmatched durability and low maintenance compared to lap siding.

ProCoat Systems is not all about visual flair either. They also cover contractor’s needs on the fundamentals of making installations stand the test of time; carrying everything needed to complete the waterproofing of concrete decks and walls of various constructions. Their employees understand better than most what a contractor needs to complete a project with little interruption or problem call backs. Procoat System’s not only carries waterproof applications, membranes, and fabrics, they also carry a complete line of expansion joints, fasteners, structural wire, caulking and other products to keep contractors on time and on budget.

Contact ProCoat SLC

ProCoat Systems is driven to help contractors achieve the design expectations of home owners and builders by carrying only the best materials available and backing them with all of the expertise and advice needed to address even the most challenging building situations. Contact Procoat Systems Salt Lake City today for the best building cladding and most advanced waterproofing products available in Salt Lake City.  For a free consultation, call 801.410.4345, or visit our showroom at 2371 3600 W, West Valley City, UT.

Proper Drainage Extends Service Life of Retaining Wall Blocks in Denver

ProCoat - April 24, 2016

Irrespective of why a retaining wall is to be installed, and no matter whether it is constructed using brick, concrete, timbers, stones, or wall blocks, Denver area walls face some environmental extremes. From managing the run-off of cloudbursts to dealing with snow loading and our three season freeze/thaw cycles, water is a constant threat to wall integrity. Brief or long, short or tall, a properly built retaining wall should incorporate drainage into its construction to maximize the durability of the installation.

At ProCoat Systems, we believe that the best retaining walls are made from block, like our Belgard line. Brick has to be mortared together. Concrete is continuous solid mass due to how it is installed, and if left as poured, is rather unattractive. Real stone is both expensive to acquire and requires expert fitting. Timbers rot no matter what they are treated with.

Wall blocks are the best choice for Denver. They not only can provide the visual beauty and the slope face contouring that makes them stable, by being dry stacked rather than mortared, wall blocks also allow for some passive drainage even if no other water management features are incorporated.

However, the best wall block constructed retaining walls in Denver incorporate active drainage features to increase their service longevity. Even the passive drainage of a block retaining wall can be overcome by sedimentation against the slope facing side of the structure, reducing any meaningful water outflow and over-stressing the design limits of the installation.

Managing Water Behind Your Wall Blocks in Denver

Using about twelve inches of clean crushed rock backfill covered by native soil behind the wall blocks is the most fundamental drainage step you can take. Sure, it’s a little more expensive than just compacting fill dirt behind the wall, but crushed stone will allow the wall to manage water effectively for years to come.

Adding properly located weep holes to the wall will also help to ensure that any soil infiltration of the backfill rock will not seriously hamper the wall’s ability to drain.

Finally, for dealing with cloudbursts and soggy earth from large snow melts, laying a perforated drain pipe at the base of the wall during construction will allow the wall to handle sudden and large water loads by diverting them at a manageable rate.

Whether you need the best selection of wall blocks in Denver, or just some expert advice, contact our field experts at ProCoat Systems today.

Two Factors That Cause Winter Damage to Retaining Wall Blocks in Denver Every Contractor Should Know

ProCoat - April 18, 2016

Retaining Wall BlockOur winters in the Denver pose two tough, and related, problems for your clients’ retaining walls—possible freeze/thaw damage and for street facing walls, assaults of the blocks by de-icing salts

The direct attack of the winter weather upon a retaining wall

A well-designed and constructed retaining wall is built to both retain the soil behind it, as well as allow water through drains built into it. The good management of water is crucial to a retaining wall standing firm for decades. Each gallon of water weighs eight and a third pounds. Well-saturated soil behind a wall represents a considerable amount of extra weight when compared to dry soil.

The weight of water brings us to the implications of freeze/thaw cycles when it comes to retaining wall blocks in Denver. In many retaining wall designs without integral drainage built into them, a part of the water management is left for the surrounding plantings to perform. Of course, plants are dormant in the winter and not doing their part of drawing off moisture. If melt water gets trapped behind the wall, it may not have been either designed or constructed to withstand the added weight or the freeze pressure, and could suffer from localized block shifting, and in extreme cases, catastrophically fail.

Salts are not kind to your retain wall block

Even if the retaining wall drained perfectly in the winter doesn’t mean it is free from another cold weather threat, de-icing agents. The retaining wall block products that ProCoat Systems Denver sells are specifically engineered to ASTM standards to resist the freeze/thaw cycle. The way this is accomplished is by making the blocks less porous to be better able to resist the infiltration of water, which when frozen, would expand and damage the block through micro-fracturing.

Though less porous, these blocks are not impervious to deicing agents. Whatever else makes up their composition, all current de-icing salts contain chloride. When made into a solution with water, this chloride compound acts like a weak, but relentless, acid attack upon the block, literally dissolving it on the molecular level. The signs of chloride damage being a problem for a retaining wall will take the form of spalling, or accelerated surface erosion.

While retaining wall blocks in Denver’s climate can’t avoid the harsh elements, how contractor’s build them and manage homeowners’ expectation is key to a lasting wall, and a lasting good impression of your work. Whether you are building a new retaining wall or repairing an older one, make the experts at ProCoat Systems SLC your first call for the latest product specs and technical help. Call either Denver, 303-322-9009 or Salt Lake City, 801-410-4345 to schedule an appointment today.

How to Save Considerable Time and Money on Concrete Waterproofing in Salt Lake City

ProCoat - April 11, 2016

Concrete WaterproofingAt ProCoat Systems, only after we thoroughly research and test a product do we then carry difference-making products for our Salt Lake City and Colorado contracting professionals. Some of these product lines, such as Carlise CCW waterproofing products, do present with a higher per pail cost up front. However, when you calculate the time and labor savings that can be realized by using a more advanced cold applied waterproofing solution, the price difference upfront becomes a non-factor.

Let’s use Carlise’s CCW MiraSEAL 100% Solids Cold Fluid Applied Waterproofing as an example of how an advanced product actually saves you money through its superior application speed.

First, note that the product is described as “100% solids.” Most competing cold fluid applied products are at most 90% solids. Why does this matter? For one, the water content of the traditional cold applied concrete waterproofing means that the green concrete has to cure a minimum of 14 days before application can begin. With the MiraSEAL product, application can begin in as little as three days after the finishing of the concrete pour. Right off of the bat, your crew can begin the waterproofing application in Salt Lake City up to 11 days earlier, a crucial difference that can give you an extra margin for staying on time and within budget.

Furthermore MiraSEAL itself cures at a four-hour minimum while competing products require twelve hours due to being wetter when applied. Not only do you get to coat a deck earlier with MiraSEAL, each section can be applied faster, flood tested sooner, and the entire project completed before you could even begin while using a traditional cold applied waterproofing system.

Secondly, MiraSEAL covers more square footage per gallon than less advanced products. While achieving the desired 120 mil thickness, MiraSEAL covers 13.4 sq. ft./gallon, while 90% solid products are thinner and only cover about 12 sq. ft./gallon. So in addition to having pails of faster curing product that go further per pail, thus making the cost per pail less of a concern, you also get less waste on the backside of the job as fewer pails will be used.

If you are interested in learning more about Carlise’s cold applied waterproofing solutions in Salt Lake City or Colorado that covers more concrete, reduce curing times dramatically, and save you money in crew time and waste disposal, contact our waterproofing expert, Randy Diner, at ProCoat Systems of Denver today.

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