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ProCoat Systems SLC—Surface Prepping Methods for Contaminated Concrete Prior to the Application of Waterproofing Materials, Part 2

ProCoat - June 25, 2016

Waterproofing MaterialsContinuing our topic from last time, here are the pros and cons of the other three common surface prep methods performed on contaminated concrete prior to the application of new roller applied waterproofing materials in Salt Lake City.


Scarifying is performed using rotary impact tools deploying cutters with teeth assembled on tempered steel rods arranged in a drum configuration. The tool is held at a right angle to

the concrete surface. As the drum rotates, the cutters strike the surface, pulverizing it a few mils deep. Scarifying units range from hand-held tools suitable for vertical and overhead application to larger walk-behind units for covering horizontal surfaces. These tools will also chew away embrittled prior coatings and can be used to knock down high spots without a loss of profile.

These tools can also be used to remove brittle coatings up to 1/8” thick, and deteriorated or contaminated concrete, and high spots up to 3/4 inch in height or depth. Scarifying is also the best surface prep method for profiling concrete surfaces for accepting coatings above 40 mils in thickness, self-leveling systems, broadcast systems, and thin overlays.

The downside to this method is again the mess it creates and the additional need for a fresh epoxy or concrete overlay on the roughened surface ahead of putting down specific products, like deck coatings.


Scabblers are piston-driven chippers powered by compressed air where the cutting heads are placed at a right angle to the surface. Hand-held versions of this tool for vertical and overhead surface prep are sometimes called “needle guns.”

Large walk-behind scabblers can be used for concrete decks and other horizontal surfaces. Brittle coatings up to 1/4 inch? thick can be removed and high or contaminated concrete up to 3/4 inch thick be removed with this method.

By far the biggest drawback of walk behind scabblers, along with the mess they leave behind, is the micro-fracturing of the surface they can cause.

Water Jet

Water Jets, using pressures varying from 5,000 to 45,000 psi are remarkably capable and fast for scouring water-soluble contaminants, counteracting salt efflorescence, and blasting away old coatings up to 1 inch?? thickness.

Water jetting is generally limited to outside use and in built up areas, and is considered undesirable due to the mist, noise, and drainage issues it can cause. Water jetted concrete surfaces intended for waterproofing materials application also have to thoroughly dry and usually require a base coat prior to application of the new decking material.

As you can see, there are many ways to prepare the concrete surface for applying waterproofing materials in Salt Lake City. Some ways are better than others, but also can be limited by the job scenario. If you ever have a technical question about waterproofing materials, feel free to contact our Salt Lake City contractor desk today at 801-410-4345 to discuss your project specs and let us help you determine the best course of action for a successful waterproofing project.

ProCoat Systems SLC—Summer Is Time For Waterproofing Materials, Part 1

ProCoat - June 20, 2016

Waterproofing MaterialsAs a professional, you know that the higher temperatures and drier weather of summer in the Salt Lake City region is the prime time for applying roller applied waterproofing materials, almost all of which require a minimum of 40 degrees to cure and cannot be applied over moist substrates.  (more…)

ProCoat Systems Denver—The Magic of Permeable Patio Pavers

ProCoat - June 14, 2016

With the arrival of summer in Denver and along the Front Range, cloudburst season is on its way too. The problem with traditional hardscapes and patio pavers is their impermeability to water. When the rain comes down hard, as it often does in the Front Range, it can be disconcerting to watch a spontaneous flash flood taking place on your back patio or in your driveway.  (more…)

Natural Stone Veneer in Denver – Properly Installing Flashing, Weeps, and Backer Rods for Installation Success

ProCoat - May 25, 2016

Stone VeneerWater intrusions are the most common cause for natural stone veneer installation failures in Denver. Most contractors already know the importance of properly installing proper flashing, weep holes, and about using foam backing rods at vertical transitions between natural stone veneer and other siding materials, windows, and doorways.  However, ProCoat Systems of Denver knows every project is different, and some provide for trickier detailing problems than do others. This article is a reminder to the contractors we work with that water pooling behind installations of natural stone veneer has to be prevented at all costs to ensure the longevity of your work. (more…)

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ProCoat Systems SLC – Getting The Details Wrong on a Stone Veneer Installation Can Break Your Reputation

ProCoat - May 19, 2016

Stone VeneerImproperly applied stone veneer in Salt Lake City’s region will eventually fail if penetrated by water. When it comes to being endangered by water behind the installation, stone veneer has a lot in common with traditional stucco and EIFS stucco installations.

That similarity is why we carry all of these product categories at ProCoat Systems SLC. The similarities between these cladding systems also lead to common installation failure points that can be laid at the feet of improper application. ProCoat Systems is dedicated to helping you avoid common mistakes of stone veneer in Salt Lake City that we’ve seen. (more…)

What Is Available for Stucco Materials In Salt Lake City?

ProCoat - March 17, 2016

ProCoat Systems in Salt Lake City we offer traditional stucco materials, along with the synthetically modified stuccos commonly called Exterior Insulated Finish Systems, (EIFS), but it is often the case that your homeowner clients will not know what the differences are. So this blog explanation is more to help educate homeowners.

Cement Versus Synthetic

Blog3 ProCoat-KW Stucco SLC 3-16For centuries, the basic composition of stucco has remained the same—a natural scratch coat of cementitious plaster, followed by a brown coat, topped by a finish coat all placed upon a wire lathe substrate.

All of these coats were laid in a relatively thick manner, creating a rigid wall coating that resists deflection, and hence is relatively brittle when facing thermal expansion and contraction. When applied in a continuous field, traditional stucco is prone to developing cracks not only at wall expansion sites, but also in mid-field.

Water: The Eternal Enemy of Stucco

All wall cladding systems are susceptible to water penetration. Wood siding, cultured and natural stone veneer, stucco, and EIFS products, all have the propensity to some amount of water intrusion. How that water is managed through the proper installation of the cladding is the key to the long-term durability of the installation.

Unlike traditional stucco, EIFS or “synthetic stucco,” modified by the addition a moisture barrier, polymer cement, and the use of extruded foam panel backers, is an advanced cladding system designed to manage water infiltration. An EIFS cladding that develops a leak here and there is still in great shape so long as that water is also released by the system rather than remaining trapped underneath.

Proper Application Techniques Are Key

stoProCoat Systems SaltLake City are stucco materials experts. We understand that whether your client chooses a more traditional stucco solution like Sto’s Powerwall, or elects to use an EIFS like StoTherm, we have the expertise to help contractors avoid the installation failure points and ensure your client enjoys years of worry free wall cladding.

The most common stucco and EIFS installation problems are not with the materials, but due to application technique. It is critical that these wall claddings are properly terminated at the bases of walls, at every penetration, and at the joints where the roof and the walls meet. Other common trouble spots include the improper shimming of windows and improper or incomplete installation of backer rods. In EIFS installations, a commonly seen failure point is the incomplete application of the moisture barrier and or the incomplete butting of the foam panels, allowing the base coat to create water management gaps and get trapped between the panels.

EIFS is growing in popularity as a wall cladding system, especially in areas where moisture and severe temperature fluctuations can create an increase in call backs. Don’t let improper installation impede your profitability and reputation. To see the best selection of stucco materials in Salt Lake City, and the expertise to help successfully install them, contact us at ProCoat Systems in Salt Lake City at 801.410.4345 or visit

Beacon Roofing Supply Announces Acquisition of Denver, Colorado-Based ProCoat Systems, Inc.

ProCoat - June 30, 2015

HERNDON, VA, June 1, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (Nasdaq: BECN) (“Beacon”) announced today that it has acquired ProCoat Systems, Inc. (“ProCoat”), a distributor of residential and commercial exterior building materials including stucco, stone, waterproofing and concrete restoration.  Founded in 1984 by brothers Jim, Marty and Randy Diner, ProCoat has branches in Denver and Ft. Collins, Colorado. (more…)

Denver Natural Stone Veneer Provider ProCoat Systems Offers Stone Veneer Application Advice

ProCoat - December 30, 2014

Denver, Colorado – December 3, 2014 – Denver natural stone veneer company ProCoat Systems is stressing the importance of proper application procedures to all of their customers. With a variety of stone sizes and types, application needs to be carefully catered to your specific stone and the design that you are striving for.

Despite the fact that natural stone veneers have a history of being used exclusively for exterior cladding, people these days are using them for numerous interior purposes including backsplashes, wall accents and shower enclosures.  People are even creating entire walls accent walls clad in stone. Although these veneers can be applied to any structurally sound wall, the end use of your veneer will ultimately determine the proper application procedures. (more…)

ProCoat Systems Recommends Care and Some Education when Selecting Natural Stone Veneer

ProCoat - October 15, 2014

Denver, CO – In ProCoat Systems’ 30-years in the exterior cladding business, a lot of changes have occurred with materials and consumer tastes. However, one thing is timeless: cladding a home or commercial building in natural stone veneer for the beauty and the protection it provides. And even though Colorado is one of the largest markets for natural stone exteriors, common mistakes still happen based on consumers choosing their stone based solely on look over whether it can withstand the harsh Colorado climate. (more…)

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