Cement, stucco, clay brick, natural stone, and tile grout are common construction materials employed in a wide range of applications, including building facades, pavers, roofing, and flooring tiles and flooring.While these substrates are very durable and weather resistant surfaces, there are many environmental predators that will tarnish and destroy these surfaces
Freeze / Thaw / Spall
Mold and Mildew
Oil and Grease
Grit and Dirt
Wines and Sugars
These predators are carried to the surface, and ultimately into the substrate itself, by water. The water enters, either through the exposed side (rain, condensation, water spray, cleaning chemicals, etc), or from the unexposed side (soil, backings, etc.).Any cementatous substrate will also generate water vapor and carbon dioxide during hydration, which can be released for many years after casting.Over time, the moisture carries chemicals and supports algae, mold, bacterial, lichen and fungi growth that will destroy the integrity of the structure and quickly dull the architectural finish.
In addition to protecting the surface from these corrosive predators, there are many other reasons pourous surfaces should be sealed:
Reduced maintenance time and costs
Improved strength of fragile masonry
Reduced staining and easier cleaning
Improved dimensional stability of wood
Reduced chlorine ion ingression and corrosion
The Mineralseal™product-line incorporates both water and solvent formulations.These silicon-based penetrating sealers, catalyzed by atmospheric moisture, react with the complex silica, calcium and aluminum oxides in concrete and masonry. This reaction forms strong, permanent bonds beneath the surface and creates a hydrophobic zone that prevents condensed water molecules from intruding into the substrate, while allowing free migration of water and C02 hydration gasses from the substrate. The chemical bonds formed in this process allow Mineralseal™ to become an integral part of the substrate and provide long-term water repellent protection
These products can also be employed as primers to enhance adhesion of organic polymer coatings applied to masonry surfaces. Additionally, certain of these sealers will also assist in the densification of a green concrete and/or plaster mix to yield greater compressive strength and lower porosity. MineralSeal™is also embedded with a silicon quaternary ammonium salt to further inhibit the growth of microbiological materials on the coated substrate. MineralSeal™ produces a matte finish that does not alter the appearance or texture of the masonry surface without altering the texture or finish.This product line offers a three significant benefits:
High levels of hydrophobicity to protect masonry surfaces against the intrusion of water and organic and mineral stains carried into the surface pores by water.
High levels of permeability, allowing hydration gasses to escape through the protective seal ? preventing de-lamination, blistering and pealing.
High resistance to chemical and biological attack ? inhibiting growth of mildew, mold and other microbiological contaminants.
The Mineralseal™ product line incorporates three different formulations, each with specific application and cost attributes:
Water based siloxanes
Solvent based siloxane
Low cost, renewable, siliconate and linseed oil formulations