The COST EFFECTIVE Answer to Concrete Corrosion
StableCrete™ A product that's acronym name is derived from STABILIZATION of CONCRETE. The name has nothing to do with support or foundations, yet everything to do with chemistry of concrete and the importance of understanding its role in longevity of all concrete structures.
Corrosion does not occur without Moisture and Oxygen!
A simple fact, often overlooked but when you use StableCrete™ concrete penetrative sealer to waterproof and seal concrete you create a no-low oxygen/moisture environment.
Concrete is thermodynamically unstable and begins to deteriorate as soon as it is exposed to Earths atmosphere. It is then the corrosion process begins the inevitable cycle that results in costly repair or complete failure of a structure.
Concrete (a system of cement paste binding together aggregates to form artificial stone) is highly reactive to exposure conditions eventually affecting strength and eventual deterioration. The most common agents affecting a concrete are:
- Moisture and Ground Water intrusion;
- Carbon Dioxide and Acid Rain;
- Marine Environments and Chloride Contamination;
- Temperature Cyclic Activity (Freeze/Thaw);
- Deicing Salts/Chemicals employed.
StableCrete™ concrete penetrative sealer has been used for industrial, commercial and residential projects, inside or out, and on new and old masonry. The product is remarkably superior to other sealers because it seals and protects from within. StableCrete™ concrete penetrative sealer does not migrate out of the concrete matrix with time, contains no silicates, and does not require a re-application. StableCrete does not create a membrane, it is non-toxic, non-flammable, non-caustic, and comes with at 15 year warranty.
StableCrete™ concrete penetrative sealer employs advanced Polymerized Polyester Polymer chemistry which forms a solid inside a concrete cell pore/capillary system. There is no barrier or film formed on a surface and there are no adhesion or compatibility issues with coatings or mastics later applied in the construction process. Procedures such as curing compound removal, sand blasting, priming or acid etching are not required after a StableCrete™ concrete penetrative sealer application. This results in a saving of both time and money on a project.
Please see our partial list of completed Projects to learn more about the diversity of this product or feel free to contact us for more detailed information on these or other challenges you may be facing!
Listed below are some of the benefits of using StableCrete™ concrete penetrative sealer to protect and preserve your masonry projects.
- Stronger bonds of cementatious toppings and coatings ( Prevents alkali burn )
- Allows for complete internal curing/hydration of structure. ( Retards Evaporation )
- Cost Savings in eliminating other surface treatment and preparation ( One Step Prep )
- Increases compressive and tensile strength ( No Dusting )
- Inhibits corrosion of steel and ties up soluble chlorides ( Inhibits Corrosion Cell Formation )
- Resistant to attack by almost any substance - salts, acids, oil and grease ( see chemical chart PDF )
- Problem free flooring installations ( resists water vapor emissions )
- Decreased curing times for concrete and stucco ( paint stucco in 48 hours )
- Prevents saponification, efflorescence and ettringite ( no atmospheric reactions )
- Neutralizes lime and alkali ( to the depth of penetration )
Moisture by far is the most deleterious event that triggers aggressive chemical reactions in hydrated cement paste leading to chemical and electrochemical influences compromising the integrity of re-enforcing components. Although a concretes Microstructure (gel-pore or capillary) system may be the most likely cause of stress, this is but one of the most common factors involving corrosion.
It was not until the 1970,s era that a thorough understanding of “Carbonation “came about. Carbonation begins on any concrete surface almost immediately, and the lowering of a concrete pH is only the start of a host of events causing concern.
Structural Engineers and Architects interested in preservation and construction of Green Building envelopes have turned to our Low VOC product and science for the answers to monumental problems in Concrete. We hope you will also. As you navigate our site, keep in mind not all topics are covered in depth. Please feel free to Email or call with specific inquiries by going to the Contact Us page at the end. The PDF files contained herein are a reference and may be reprinted directly from the page for your use.
It is our hope you exit the site with a better understanding of concrete structures and the problems with them in general. Please realize that it is essential to erect and design structures to control or compensate for chemical reactivity well into the future. Concrete is not inert!!
StableCrete™ concrete penetrative sealer is a USDA approved concrete repair and preserving product manufactured for and distributed exclusively by Conselcor™. This product is also EPA Approved and is used extensively in fresh and sea water environments protecting concrete bulkheads and seawalls from degradation by chloride induced corrosion on re-enforcing steel components. Application to space shuttle launch pad after crawler shock pads were removed. It has been authorized by the USDA for use in federally inspected meat and poultry farms.
StableCrete™ concrete penetrative sealer permanently waterproofs and preserves concrete, brick, stucco and all masonry surfaces with one easy application, and is usually applied by a concrete sub-contractor or painter on site. Used by a variety of corporations and government agencies, it protects and extends the life any concrete product.
We have been using StableCrete for several years on our new developments in the Caribbean. We love how it works and everyone is happy with the final product. StableCrete is very easy to apply and clean-up is easy as well.
I've been using StableCrete for many years on a verity of projects. I like the product so much that I used it on my own house to waterproof my floors before I installed tile. I will continue to use StableCrete on future projects.
We get plenty of snow and freezing rain in my area of the Country. We have had spalling concrete from the freeze/thaw cycles here and applying deicing materials. We have now treated our new driveway and sidewalk with StableCrete and notice a big difference with how our concrete stands up throughout the Winter. Thank you Conselcor!