September 2015

Winter is approaching, is your driveway safe?

Weather is tough on concrete, and the upcoming fall season is perfect time of year to prep all your concrete surfaces for the intense weather that’s coming. Let Watkins help you be prepared with the following 3 steps for weatherproofing concrete flatwork:

step1_picSTEP 1: Remove Stain & Grease

If the concrete is brand-new,you can skip this step. But if it has old, soaked-in oil & grease stains, they need to come out. The good news is — it’s easy with Consolideck® Oil & Grease Stain Remover. Just pour it on. As Oil & Grease Stain Remover dries, it pulls the embedded contaminants out of the concrete, for easy sweeping up and disposal.

step2_picSTEP 2: General Cleaning

Older concrete, as shown here, needs a good cleaning before weatherproofing. Even new concrete will have a slight patina of dirt, grime and maybe even light oil that can interfere with performance and bond of protective treatments. Consolideck® Cleaner/Degreaser removes that soiling fast and easy.

step3_picSTEP 3: Protect Your Concrete

Once the concrete is clean and dry, a simple spray application of Consolideck® Saltguard® WB or Weather Seal Siloxane WB Concentrate (WB = water based) will stop water from any source — sprinkler to rain to snow melt – from soaking in. When you keep water out, you keep out all the problems water brings with it, like freeze/thaw cycling and the corrosive effects of dissolved de-icing salts.

October AIA Continuing Education Program

The October AIA Continuing Education topic is  Brick Manufacturing and Specifications presented by Glen-Gery Brick.  This presentation meets AIA requirements for 1 hr HSW credit and will be offered at Anthony’s Steakhouse in Omaha.

Topic: Brick Manufacturing and Specifications
Presented By: Glen-Gery Brick
EU: 1hr HSW

When: October 5, 2015; 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: Anthony’s Steakhouse, 7220 F. Street, Omaha, NE
Food: Lunch Provided

This presentation focuses on how brick are made, including discussion regarding: appropriate raw material, forming of brick units, surface colors and textures, firing and testing of brick units to ensure a durable finished product. The focus then turns to specifications.