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ProCoat—Below Grade Waterproofing Materials in Salt Lake City

ProCoat - August 25, 2016

There is a substantial amount of below grade waterproofing materials available in Salt Lake City. Choosing one isn’t simply a matter of doing your homework either. Most manufacturers require you to become a certified applicator before their products will carry a guarantee. (Fortunately, ProCoat SLC is dedicated to providing the hands on training to get you those certifications). Let’s look at some of the most reliable applications to ensure your success.

Cementitious Waterproofing Materials

Waterproofing MaterialsThis class of product is probably the easiest waterproofing materials to use because they are nearly foolproof to mix and apply. Most of these products advise the use of an acrylic additive to achieve a more thorough bond and longer lasting installation.

While lauded for their ease of use, cementitious waterproofing materials all share a common weakness—they are inflexible. As such, if a crack or a joint interface problem begins to develop on the positive side, the waterproofing will be infiltrated

Liquid Membrane WaterproofingLiquid Membrane Waterproofing Materials

These are a class of liquid membrane products applied by spray, roller, or trowel. The liquid cures into a flexible rubber compound that coats walls or decks. These installations are quite flexible under most conditions, but that flexibility also means that uniform application is critical.

Most of the products in this class have guidelines for waterproofing voids, form-tie holes, and joints to ensure a successful application. Liquid membrane coatings are relatively inexpensive, quick to apply, durable, and elastic. The main drawback is the learning curve required to train applicators in achieving the uniform minimum thickness necessary to enact the warranty coverage.

Sheet Membrane Waterproofing Materials

Uniform thickness is not a problem with sheet membrane, which are typically 60-mil rubberized asphalt sheets laminated with powerful backing adhesives on a polymer substrate protected by release paper.

Seemingly stickier than fly paper, the rapid application of this product is a two man job. One worker emplaces the panels and the other works off the release paper as the applicator works the material flat so that it adheres properly.

Sheet Membrane WaterproofingThe main drawbacks of working with self adhesive membranes are the meticulous surface preparation needed to ensure adhesive success and that the membranes cannot be worked into any cavities and voids without risking membrane failure. Since two different waterproofing materials may be needed, installing membranes is more difficult than using liquids.

Procoat Systems Salt Lake City has more than 30 years of working with waterproofing materials that work best in Salt Lake City. If properly installed, all three of these forms of waterproofing materials work well in Utah’s climate. And what’s more, ProCoat Systems always maintains its technical expertise with each of the waterproofing materials it represents, so contractors and home owners alike never have to worry about the support of a product after the sale.

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If you have technical questions about waterproofing materials, contact our Salt Lake City contractor desk today at 801-410-4345 to discuss your project requirements.

ProCoat Systems—With Stone Veneer Installation in Salt Lake City, The Mortar Details Matter

ProCoat - August 17, 2016

Stone VeneerThere are many steps to a successful stone veneer installation in Salt Lake City and at ProCoat Systems in West Valley City, we provide the product and the technical assistance to ensure a job well done. However, no matter how careful your surface preparations, no matter how well installed your weeps and drip screeds have been installed, if you or your crew misapplies the mortar joints, it is all for naught.

Common mortar problems seen in unsatisfactory stone veneer installations are mostly the byproduct of a lack of attention to detail. Starting from the outside in, let’s go over some of these mortar issues.

No Mortar Left Behind

This is strictly a cosmetic issue, but it is one that leads end uses to question the soundness of the entire installation. Simply put, don’t let stray mortar dry completely upon the stone face. Any stray mortar has to be removed with a trowel or a bristle brush while it is still in its crumbly state. Mortar adhered to the surface overnight is not only unsightly, it becomes way tougher to remove. Never use a wire brush to clean off mortar because this tool may score the finish of the veneer.

Do not wash off stray mortar with clear water. This will leave a chalky residue behind on the surface of the installation. If a spot or section doesn’t clean up well with a brush, use a mild vinegar and water solution to remove any remaining mortar smears. Loose mortar and mortar smears should not be allowed to dry overnight on the surface of the stone veneer that was applied for that day.

Insufficient Striking

After the grout bags have been unloaded into the joints to fill the gaps between the pieces of the stone veneer installation, it is critical that after those joints have firmed up that wood or metal strike tools are used to push the mortar into any remaining cavities or voids on the perimeter of the veneer pieces.

Even the smallest gap left in the mortar can be exploited by water, or allow pests to find refuge behind the installation. Therefore, always ensure that the grout has set up properly before beginning to strike it. If the mortar is pushed to soon, it can smear and become too thin, creating a future weak spot in the coverage.

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If you ever have a technical question about stone veneer installations in Salt Lake City, our contractor desk is always willing to provide guidance and technical information. Call us 801-410-4345 to discuss your project specs, or visit our online contact form.

ProCoat Systems Denver—Pro Tips for Using Patio Pavers in Denver’s Driveways

ProCoat - August 12, 2016

Patio PaversLaying patio pavers in Denver’s backyards or along a walk is a straightforward affair that doesn’t require much technical sophistication in the way of substrate preparation. However, add supporting the weight of vehicles, such as in a driveway or an RV parking pad, and you have to build a substrate good against more than some frost heaving.

To avoid both heaving and subsidence, you have to start with meticulous foundation preparation. This means excavation, and lots of it. Where a walkway needs a compacted surface supporting about 4-6 inches of compressible gravel, a normal service driveway needs a gravel bed 6-12 inches deep and an RV pad requires at least 18 inches of gravel to deal with the static compression load it will face. Therefore, to have the requisite sand base for the pavers, you may have to excavate nearly two feet of soil to create the proper substrate, and more if your site is facing drainage or water management issues.

Not All Gravel Is Equal

The road beds supporting the asphalt you ride upon daily are not built using clean gravel. It’s a mixture of fine and coarse sand, small pebbles and rocks ranging up to ¾ inch in size. This mix is called 0-3/4 and it is used for the base in roads because this “dirty gravel” is highly compressible. The varied sand grain and pebble sizes allow a matrix to develop between the larger stones, all but permanently locking them into place once compressed.

Compact The Bed And Keep Compacting It

There is no shortcut around thorough compaction of the gravel bed. Trying to compact too thick of a layer of gravel will result in incomplete compaction, so take it slow and compact only a newly spread layer of gravel you know that your machine can thoroughly pound into place.

Remember before laying in the inch or two of screening sand and compacting that, to put in a fabric barrier that will limit the travel of the sand layer into the gravel layer below. If you don’t keep the sand adequately trapped from migrating under load, you will find parts of your paving stone installation eventually sinking under load.

Use A Boundary

A retaining guard around the patio pavers is one last must have detail. You can build the best substrate to stop any part of the installation from sinking, but without a guard, you risk the installation spreading laterally under load, paver by paver. Make sure your bed is wider than your installation to prevent the perimeter stones from tipping out and then place a guard around it.

Come and see the line up of patio pavers in Denver ProCoat Systems stocks, and feel free to ask us technical questions you have about your projects.

ProCoat Systems of Denver—Why Patio Pavers Are Better Than Poured Concrete

ProCoat - August 8, 2016

At ProCoat Systems of Denver, make no mistake, we love concrete. We sell all kinds of waterproofing solutions to color it and protect it. But when it comes to sidewalks, driveways, and patio spaces, we love patio pavers in Denver much more.


We admit that poured concrete slabs have come a long ways from their humble gray origins. Now with color additives and embossed patterns, poured concrete can look like it’s not trying to be that. However, there is one facet of concrete that was and will ever be: it will crack.  Patio pavers, such as ProCoat Systems of Denver carries, has poured concrete beat in every category when it comes to visual appeal and longevity. Patio PaversPatio pavers come in more diverse colors and shapes, can be mixed and matched for color and texture, and they can also perform two tricks that a concrete slab cannot—they can mitigate cracking, and they can be water permeable.

After Care is Easier

Especially in our weather extremes here in the Denver area, concrete integrity is an all or nothing proposition. If the slightest crack develops in a slab or poured concrete, that is the beginning of the end. Left alone, that crack will propagate with every freeze/thaw cycle. If water gets below the slab, freezing will cause that slab to begin to separate at the crack.

If the crack is detected early, it can, of course, be patched. The problem is that the repair is anything but invisible. The same can be said for stains, especially on tinted concrete. With patio pavers you have options. By leaving a small surplus of pavers behind with the end user, they have actual repair pieces at their disposal. In the worst case, if an installed patio paver fails, or becomes stained, its replacement can be at hand for installation into the patio, driveway, or walk. If one or more of the pavers has become stained, your end user can try different cleaning solutions and techniques on the spares to figure out the best way to clean the pavers without damage.

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Come and see the full line up of stylish patio pavers Denver’s ProCoat Systems carries, from the basic to the elaborate.

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