Concrete, Asphalt Sealer Uses Nanotech
A new waterproofer from Arisfor LLC (Grove City, Pennsylvania) features protective nanotechnology provided by Houston firm Integricote.
The firm says that, because of the nanotechnology from the Integricote team, the new Arisfor Multi-Surface Waterproofer forms a moisture barrier that integrates with the surface matieral, allowing it to provide protection against damage from water, acids and deicing salts.
According to Arisfor, the partnership with Integricote team, which was already notable for its work with solar-panel coatings, helped it to move away from traditional sealing technology and look at alternative chemistry for waterproofing.
“Most sealing and coating formulations are polymer-based; they interact with the surface area they are designed to treat in a similar manner as paint, and will degrade under ultraviolet light over time,” said Shay Curran, professor of physics at the University of Houston and CEO of Integricote.
The nanotechnology binds the formula to concrete and masonry from the inside out, the company says, enabling the sealer to prevent corrosion, spalling and cracks caused by moisture, deicing salts and chemicals.
Parking Lots, Loading Docks
The spray-applied product is suited for commercial and residential use on building facades, parking lots, decks, driveways, curbs, loading docks and ramps, and concrete sidewalks and stairs. It can also be applied to tile, limestone granite, marble, slate and gravestones, the company notes.
The new Arisfor MSW formula aims to make the waterproofing process more efficient, requiring only one coat and drying in less than 30 minutes (with a two-hour set time), according to the release.
The company also notes that, in contrast with the standard annual reapplication requirement, one application of Arisfor MSW could last from two to six years before reapplication is required.
More information: www.arisfor.com.