Water Seal Waterproofing Treatment for Use on Brick and Concrete

New Mortar Sentry Water Seal waterproofing treatment from Mule-Hide Products Co. produces a water-repellant surface on masonry and concrete, extending the service lives of chimneys, walls and other surfaces.

Mortar Sentry is designed for use on alkaline materials, including brick, mortar, concrete block, cultured stone, sandstone and concrete. It can be applied to horizontal and vertical surfaces. It is not recommended for use on non-silicate natural stone, such as limestone or dolomite.

Mortar Sentry penetrates below the surface of brick and concrete, chemically reacting with the alkalines and silicas there to create a barrier that locks moisture out while allowing trapped moisture to escape. In brick structures, this waterproofing reduces the movement cracks caused when bricks absorb moisture and expand. In concrete structures, it helps prevent the accelerated aging caused when trapped moisture freezes during the winter or is exposed to high summer temperatures.

The treatment also helps prevent the rusting of concrete reinforcement, protects against the growth of mold and mildew, and eliminates the primary cause of efflorescence – the white powder left on brick and concrete when trapped water evaporates and leaves behind deposits of dissolved salts.

Because Mortar Sentry saturates brick and masonry – rather than simply leaving a film on the surface – it does not wear away when exposed to the elements. The original color and texture of the surface are retained.

Mortar Sentry is easily applied using a low-pressure, garden-type sprayer or a brush or roller.

The line includes two formulas. Mortar Sentry Water Seal 10 is recommended for use on vertical surfaces. Mortar Sentry Water Seal 15 provides the additional durability that horizontal surfaces require.

Both Mortar Sentry products are packaged in 1-gallon jugs and 5-gallon pails.

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com.

 

Boral Roofing Partners With BIMsmith to Create BIM Content for its Roofing Products

Boral Roofing LLC has partnered with BIMsmith to produce Building Information Modelling (BIM) content for its roofing products.

The data-rich digital models produced by the partnership are significant for enabling architects and building professionals to now incorporate Boral Roofing’s clay and concrete tile roofing products directly into their design projects. Each product file is compatible with the industry standard in building design software, Autodesk Revit, making the integration of Boral Roofing into a building project fast and easy for building professionals. Furthermore, the product files include all the data, specifications, and cut sheets that architects and designers need in one place, saving them valuable time and effort in their day-to-day workflow.

In addition to providing standalone BIM content, Boral Roofing has also made its clay and concrete roof tile solutions available on the BIMsmith Forge application, a free cloud tool that allows building professionals to design roofing assemblies layer by layer using real, accurate product data. This integration allows users to build a roofing assembly utilizing any of Boral Roofing’s product lines and add it to their projects in just minutes.

“Boral has long sought to provide roofing solutions with superior performance, durability, energy efficiency, and curb appeal,” said Shannon Delgado, marketing manager at Boral Roofing. “We are excited that the availability of Boral Roofing BIM content through BIMsmith will further aid the architects and designers who commit themselves to these standards of excellence every day.”

“Boral Roofing offers a rare depth of solutions and customization that make them an invaluable resource to the building design process,” said Benjamin Glunz, CEO of BIMsmith. “We are excited to welcome their industry-leading product lines to the BIMsmith platform.”

Boral Roofing’s BIM content can be found at https://market.bimsmith.com/boral. The company’s roofing products may likewise be utilized on the BIMsmith Forge application at https://bimsmith.com.

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

Schöck North America Launches Website

Schöck North America has launched an all-new 88-page website, www.schock-na.com, on its line of Isokorb® structural thermal break (STB) products for high rise construction. Tracy Dacko, Marketing Manager says the new format is designed for easy access to essential information on STBs, which are utilized to thermally insulate concrete and steel structures that penetrate the building envelope.

Four application sections cover STBs for: concrete and steel balconies; concrete slab edges; steel canopies and beams; and concrete parapets and steel rooftop connections. Each section compares applications with and without STBs in terms of energy savings and prevention of condensation, mold and rust.

Corresponding product pages detail 12 STB types categorized by concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel or steel-to-steel connection methods, and offer technical PDF downloads on features, specifications and installation.

Separate case study sections on concrete and steel applications contain in-depth articles from interviews with specifiers involved in completed projects that incorporate STBs in low- to high-rise residences, office complexes, museums, universities and public buildings from four to 30+ stories.

Sections devoted to the individual interests of architects, engineers, developers and contractors/installers are provided with resources including: technical design services, general brochures, application brochures, technical articles, technical manuals, installation instructions, research reports, specifications, approvals/certificates, CAD/BIM library, code requirements, “lunch & learn” sessions, FAQs and “green building” trends.

“The new site adds numerous images, videos, animations and PDFs geared to first-time users of STBs as well as experienced specifiers accessing resources to expedite a project,” says Dacko.

For more information, visit www.schock-na.com.

Silicone Sealant Repairs Roofs, Masonry and Sheet Metal

The 100 percent Silicone Sealant seals and repairs roofs, masonry, architectural sheet metal, and metal roof seams and fasteners.

The 100 percent Silicone Sealant seals and repairs roofs, masonry, architectural sheet metal, and metal roof seams and fasteners.

Mule-Hide Products Co. has added 100 percent Silicone Sealant choices to its Silicone Roof Coating System, expanding the color offering to include clear and the packaging options to include 10-ounce tubes.
 
100 percent Silicone Sealant is a mastic version of the Mule-Hide 100 percent Silicone Roof Coating. It is a moisture-cure silicone sealant designed for use in sealing and repairing roofs, masonry, architectural sheet metal, and metal roof seams and fasteners. 
 
The addition of clear sealant allows contractors to complete projects that would otherwise require color-matching. It is available packaged in tubes only.

In addition to clear, the tubes are available filled with white sealant. The plastic cartridges are an option for use in smaller applications or when precision is required. They also can be submerged under water to repair roof leaks, gutters and downspouts.
 
100 percent Silicone Sealant provides adhesion to concrete, masonry, polyurethane foam, EPDM membranes, TPO membranes, aged PVC membranes, aged acrylic coatings, granular cap sheets, wood, metals, Kynar finishes and most other building materials. When using 100 percent Silicone Sealant with a TPO roof membrane, Mule-Hide Si TPO Primer must be applied first. 
 
The sealant has minimal odor, making it contractor- and building-occupant-friendly. Its volatile organic compound (VOC) content of less than 10 grams per liter makes it acceptable for use in areas with VOC restrictions. It does not corrode metals.
 

The Integration of Roof and Brick Requires Concise Details

PHOTO 1: The through-wall flashing stainless-steel drip can be observed projecting nicely from the wall—but the termination of the roof base flashing more than 1-inch below resulted in a section of the brick wall that allows water to pass into the wall below the through-wall flashing and behind the roof base flashing, resulting in the damage seen in Photo 2.

PHOTO 1: The through-wall flashing stainless-steel drip can be observed projecting nicely from the wall—but the termination of the roof base flashing more than 1-inch below resulted in a section of the brick wall that allows water to pass into the wall below the through-wall flashing and behind the roof base flashing, resulting in the damage seen in Photo 2.

Projects are perceived to be successful by their ability to prevent disturbance from weather, including rain. Have you ever heard two architects talking about Frank Lloyd Wright?

“What a genius! His spatial conception is magnificent, even after 100 years.”

“But all his buildings leak!”

I used to give a talk to University of Illinois architecture students in which I told them the quickest way to go out of business is to be sued. The quickest way to be sued is to have a building allow moisture intrusion. If he were alive today, Frank Lloyd Wright—God rest his soul—would be in jail (and a few current architects may be well on their way). Owners are not very kind when their “babies” leak.

Many roof termination interfaces are never even thought about by designers and are left to the roofing contractor to work out. This is not a recommended practice. One such condition—that every architect should be able to detail—is how the roof base flashing terminates at a masonry wall that has through-wall flashing and weeps at the base of the wall above the roof. I believe so fervently that architects should be proficient in detailing these conditions that I believe it should be required to procure their license.

WHY THE IMPORTANCE

The interface of roof base flashing and masonry through-wall systems occurs on a majority of commercial construction projects. If this transition is not performed correctly, moisture intrusion behind the roof base flashing to the interior will occur (see Photo 2). When this occurs, besides angering owners, it befuddles the architect. Photo 1 (left) shows a nice through-wall flashing drip extended out from the wall, weeps and roofing terminated with a termination bar and sealant. What could be wrong?

PHOTO 2: Moisture intrusion at the base of this wall was the result of water circumventing the through-wall flashing and roof base flashing termination seen in Photo 1. A big concern with conditions, such as this, is the propensity of the materials to promote mold growth.

PHOTO 2: Moisture intrusion at the base of this wall was the result of water circumventing the through-wall flashing
and roof base flashing termination seen in Photo 1. A big concern with conditions, such as this, is the propensity of the materials to promote mold growth.

The exposed brick above the termination bar and below the stain- less-steel drip of the through-wall flashing is susceptible to water flowing down the surface of the brick. Water passing through the brick above is supposed to be weeped out; however, at the exposed brick above the termination bar, the water moves into the wall and has nowhere to go but inward.

The cost to repair these conditions can be, depending on the conditions, expensive. Repairs often require brick removal and through-wall flashing mitigation. In this particular case, be- cause there is a stainless-steel drip, my team recommended a stainless-steel counterflashing be pop-riveted to the drip and extended over the termination bar.

CHALLENGES

Why is the interface of roof base flashing and masonry through-wall systems so difficult for architects and roof consultants to detail? I believe it is because they have no clue it needs to be detailed as an interface, especially because detailing of appropriate through-wall systems is so sporadic. I endeavor in this article to change at least the knowledge part.

The detailing of this condition not only requires the ability to interface two building systems, but also requires considerable time to ensure specification of wall sectional details and roofing details are appropriately placed where the responsible trades will see them.

PHOTO 3: Still under construction, the stainless-steel counterflashing has been installed. The roof base flashing will terminate below the stainless-steel counterflashing receiver. Hutch prefers brick below the through-wall flashing and above the roof deck, though the masonry mortar joints below the through-wall flashing should have been struck flush.

PHOTO 3: Still under construction, the stainless-steel counterflashing has
been installed. The roof base flashing will terminate below the stainless-steel counterflashing receiver. Hutch prefers brick below the through-wall flashing and above the roof deck, though the masonry mortar joints below the through-wall flashing should have been struck flush.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

New construction provides us a clean slate to “do it right the first time”. The first order of business is to determine the height of the base flashing. This can be tricky with tapered insulation and slope structures with saddles. Let’s consider the following examples (see Detail 4, page 3):

EXAMPLE 1
We are dealing with a flat roof, tapered insulation, cover board and bead-foam insulation in ASHRAE Climate Zone 5, which has an R-30 minimum.

  • The roof drain is 32-feet away from the wall. Code requires 5.2 inches of insulation at 4 feet from the drain, so let’s assume 5 inches at the drain.
  • 1/4-inch tapered starts at 1/2 inch at 32 feet. That’s 8 inches, plus the starting thickness of 1/2 inch, which equals 8 1/2 inches.
  • Cover-board thickness is 1/2 inch.
  • Bead foam thickness is 3/16 inch for each layer. Let’s assume five layers, so 1 foot of bead foam.
  • Thus, the surface of the roof at the wall will be 15 inches above the roof deck.

Because you would like to work at the masonry coursing level and given that concrete masonry units (CMU) are nominal 8 inches, you are looking at placing the through-wall flashing 24 inches above the roof deck.

This 24-inch dimension of where to place the through-wall flashing needs to be placed on the building section and/or wall section because the mason, which will be onsite prior to the roofing contractor, will need to know this information.

This 24-inch height begs another termination question: What occurs at the roof edge with this height? Hold that thought for now. Terminations at intersections will be discussed in future articles.

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Insulation Can Act as Standalone Underlayment

Environmentally Safe Products Inc.’s Therma Sheet roofing underlayment has been certified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service.

Environmentally Safe Products Inc.’s Therma Sheet roofing underlayment has been certified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service.

Environmentally Safe Products Inc.’s Therma Sheet roofing underlayment has been certified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service. The designation means Therma Sheet meets the code requirements of a standalone roofing underlayment for the building industry. Previously, code required roofers to install Therma Sheet over a layer of felt paper or another underlayment. Therma Sheet insulation is constructed of 99 percent pure polished aluminum facings, heat laminated to a closed-cell polyethylene foam core. This patented process makes Therma Sheet a thermal and moisture barrier under metal roofing, stone-coated steel, concrete, clay tile and more.

Cemen Tech Commits to Hiring Veterans

Cemen Tech, a manufacturer of mobile concrete mixing systems, partnered with Home Base Iowa and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The company has committed to hiring veterans who are transitioning out of service to the country and back to civilian life over the next three years.

“Cemen Tech recognizes the significant contribution these veterans make to our country and we are honored to be part of Home Base Iowa and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,” says Connor Deering, president and CEO of Cemen Tech. “Veterans exhibit strong leadership skills, integrity and loyalty. Their work ethic is an ideal fit with our company’s core values.”

In the coming years, Cemen Tech will be looking to hire veterans to fill roles in engineering, finance, supply, clerical and manufacturing at its headquarters in Indianola, Iowa. Cemen Tech manufactures mobile and stationary concrete mixing systems and silos. Cemen Tech supplies the concrete mixers that the U.S. military uses to rebuild the infrastructure around the world.

Home Base Iowa was formed through a partnership between members of Iowa’s military community, Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Governor. The program provides veterans with resources to find employment, welcoming communities, and ongoing engagement with other military families.

ESGR is an agency of the Department of Defense. According to the ESGR, they serve as a proactive liaison between military leaders and employers to address issues and develop solutions to problems that arise because of employee participation in the National Guard and Reserves.

Sealant Is Elastomer-based

Lucas #5400 is a high-performance, thermoplastic elastomer-based roofing sealant.

Lucas #5400 is a high-performance, thermoplastic elastomer-based roofing sealant.

Lucas #5400 is a high-performance, thermoplastic elastomer-based roofing sealant. The multipurpose sealant adheres to most surfaces, including asphalt, shingles, modified bitumen, metal, Kynar, wood, concrete, tile, masonry and others. It is available in three grades: brush grade, trowel grade and caulk grade. Lucas #5400 is manufactured from UV-stable SEBS thermoplastic elastomers while the asphalt portion of the formula adheres to asphaltic materials and other surfaces. The product will not crack or harden over time and is easy to apply even in cold weather.

ECHOTape Repair Tape Now Sold by The Home Depot via HomeDepot.com

Pressure-sensitive tape supplier, ECHOtape’s full repair line will be sold online by a home improvement retailer, The Home Depot via HomeDepot.com. Launched in 2014 at the beginning of the third quarter, the repair line provides contractors with an alternative to duct tapes, and is designed to deliver solutions for repairs, sealing and waterproofing.

“We are very excited to be working with such a trusted name in home improvement like The Home Depot,” says Risa Edelstein, director of marketing for ECHOtape. “We dedicate our business to providing the ultimate tape solutions for a variety of applications and now contractors, remodelers, retrofitters and builders across the nation can purchase our performance-based repair tapes.”

ECHOtape’s comprehensive repair line is geared towards building contractors. In total, seven tapes are available now on HomeDepot.com. The products include three types of repair tapes with different color options:

  • All Purpose Repair Tape: This tape leaves little residue in comparison to a duct tape and is thick and flexible. Ideal for stretching and wrapping, this tape can be used for temporary repairs as well as for rips, tears, gashes and holes. This tape is available in clear and white.
  • All Weather Repair Tape: This tape is made with a butyl-based adhesive, which makes it sticky enough for applications to concrete, stone, wood, glass, metal, plastic, cement, plywood, and damp fabrics, and is ideal for sealing holes and cracks. It is puncture- and tear-resistant, waterproof, and will not crack in temperatures as low as -30 F or fail in temperatures as high as 200 F if applied correctly. The tape is available in white, silver and black.
  • All Leak Repair Tape: Also made with butyl-based adhesive, it is considered an extreme adhesive tape with double the stickiness of the All Weather Repair Tape. It shares many of the same qualities, including being waterproof, but is also resistant to corrosion. Because of its high level of adhesive, it can be used for repairing leaks in roof joints, skylights, RVs, pools and ponds. This tape is available in black and white.

“We are committed to making our products widely available to contractors in the U.S.,” says Edelstein. “This is an important step in increasing convenience for purchasers, and we look forward to continuing to expand our reach and product availability.”

Screw Fastens Wood to Concrete

The WOOD-TO-CONCRETE Tapping Screw from Triangle Fastener Corp.

The WOOD-TO-CONCRETE Tapping Screw from Triangle Fastener Corp.

The WOOD-TO-CONCRETE Tapping Screw from Triangle Fastener Corp. was developed for attaching 2X wood to concrete, masonry or block. Engineered with a proprietary “Hex-Countersunk” drive, it provides the driving stability of a hex drive with the flush mounting feature of a countersunk-head wood screw. The product has been coated for corrosion protection even in treated wood. Case hardened dual thread taps concrete and provides pullout resistance while the nail point guides the screw into concrete and assists in removing debris in the hole.