Concrete provides a reliable, durable surface for many applications. Concrete walls, parking surfaces, and decking can last for decades if properly designed and maintained with appropriate care and attention. However, once a concrete surface is compromised, due to cracking, damage, or some imperfection, moisture and weather can play a corrosive role in reducing the useful life of the material. Eventually, the steel reinforcement can be exposed by invasive water, chlorides, chemicals, and other substances and continual break-up will occur. The surface becomes useless and will need to be replaced.
How to Prevent Water Damage to Concrete Surfaces
To prevent concrete corrosion from water and other substances, ProCoat Systems recommends treating the concrete surface with products designed to protect. Depending on the planned use of the surface, from vehicle traffic or other, or whether the material is in the installation stage or being retreated, ProCoat offers a range of products from world-class suppliers. Specially formulated for foundation walls, plaza decks, horizontal parking decks, planters, and balcony decks, products and strategies include:
- Waterproofing systems
- Drainage systems
- Water management systems
These systems may involve one or more of the following:
- Sheet membrane
- Fluid-applied membranes
- Rubber waterproofing
- Bentonite clay
- Blindside waterproofing
- EPDM rubber
- Elastomeric urethane
- Surface applied waterproofing
Each product has a particular purpose and strength. Some locations may use a combination of these strategies and products to maximize waterproofing and the useful life of the surfaces. Choosing the best option for any surface should involve expert input.
Traffic Surface Treatments
Possibly the most rigorous punishment a concrete surface must withstand is vehicle traffic. Busy parking garage decks, for example, may accommodate thousands of cars and trucks per day. And, they are frequently exposed to rain, snow, and other corrosive influences. Special care must be given to the original design of these structures, incorporating all of the waterproofing and drainage strategies available. Also, periodic reapplication of waterproofing products must be part of the continuing long-term maintenance plan.
Contact ProCoat Systems
ProCoat Systems provides high-quality claddings and coatings to the construction industry in the Colorado/Utah Rocky Mountain region. Besides being the experts in stone, brick, and other materials for interior and exterior use, ProCoat building supply specialists understand how to protect materials to make them remain looking great and lasting longer. Working with industry leaders like BASF, and Pecora, ProCoat offers the best materials for any waterproofing job.
For more information about protecting concrete surfaces, call ProCoat Systems in Devner, Salt Lake City or Ft. Collins.
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