Concrete Stair Repair with FLEXKIT

Concrete is and has been one of if not the most widely used building materials in world history, from the Romans to modern-day and well into the future. It is a mixture of cement, water, and aggregate with many positive attributes. It is durable and resilient, can be made to be decorative, and is extremely strong when used in a compressive application. Sounds like it is the perfect construction material, and for the most part, it is.

Why Concrete Fails and How to Restore It

Concrete is and has been one of if not the most widely used building materials in world history, from the Romans to modern-day and well into the future. It is a mixture of cement, water, and aggregate with many positive attributes. It is durable and resilient, can be made to be decorative, and is extremely strong when used in a compressive application. Sounds like it is the perfect construction material, and for the most part, it is.

Repairing Concrete Damaged by Winter Weather

Spring is in the air, inspiring us to renew our surroundings now that the stress of winter is behind us. Unfortunately, structural improvements to the practical elements of our environment are the last to be addressed when budgets are tight. However, repairs done routinely and with the right product can be done relatively inexpensively, thus improving the appeal of the hardscape, as well as its useful life.

Failing Infrastructure: Repair It, Don’t Replace It

Over the last decade, there has been much discussion by political leaders around the need for repairing our nation’s infrastructure, including the costs involved and the challenges associated with approving legislation toward that effort. There are plenty of horror stories about how our roads, bridges, highways, overpasses, and airports are falling apart. Often overlooked, however, “out of sight, out of mind” is the vast array of underground infrastructure that is also failing. 

Got Foundation Cracks?

There are many factors that can contribute to the cracking of your foundation and they are almost always caused by external forces applying stress to the concrete. Understand that concrete is a rigid material that does not accept movement or stress well. Because of this, when stress or movement is applied, the concrete will not absorb it, causing it to crack.

Top 5 Reasons to Use the FLEXKIT

What is FLEXKIT? FLEXKIT is a liquid polymer used to make extremely strong, lasting repairs on concrete, asphalt, and even wood. The kit includes a 5-gallon steel pail with pre-measured liquid FLEXKIT material, sand, catalyst, accelerator, primer, mixing cup, stir stick, 2” chip brush, 3” X 8” a hand trowel, 2” X 5” margin trowel, gloves, and instructions. […]

Concrete Cracks: Causes and Solutions

There are many factors that can contribute to the cracking of your concrete, and they are almost always caused by external forces applying stress. Understand that concrete is a rigid material that does not accept movement or stress well. When either is introduced, the concrete fractures – sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. […]

Polyaspartic vs. Epoxy

In the world of pebble overlays, the majority of installations consist of pebbles mixed with epoxies. We have found a superior product to replace epoxies for this application. Aliphatic Polyaspartic! We put forth 5 reasons why Polyaspartic is a superior material when compared to epoxies for this type of application.

  • Flexibility: Epoxies cure to become a brittle surface causing issues with flexibility. In an outdoor environment, there is constant movement in the concrete due to daily and seasonal temperature change. As the concrete heats, it expands, and as it cools, it contracts causing that constant movement. No two materials expand and contract at the same rate due to their densities. This constant movement causes the epoxies and concrete to work against each other, which will eventually cause the bond between the two to fail, all due to the brittleness of the epoxies. Polyaspartic cures to a strong, yet flexible surface with fantastic bonding capabilities. Our Polyaspartic JES Seal has an elongation of up to 70%, which is far superior to epoxies. Polyaspartics are used to protect structures and surfaces that have movement designed into them or are exposed to extreme conditions, such as offshore drilling rigs.
  • Hardness: Epoxies when cured become very hard. In some applications this is a good thing, but not in the world of pebble overlays. Drop something heavy on a hard epoxy surface, and you may have a nice chip, gouge, or even crushed pebbles, making an unsightly mess in the middle of your feature floor coating. Polyaspartics cure to a hardness of 70 Shore D, which is not as hard as many epoxies, but hard enough to support all vehicle traffic. Because it is not hard, it will absorb the sudden impact of a dropped hard/heavy object, thereby minimizing possible damages.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): There are very few epoxy resins that contain zero VOCs. Those that do are more expensive. Most will advertise themselves as having “low VOCs.” VOCs are harmful to inhale and can cause negative respiratory conditions, not only at the time of installation, but throughout the life of the material. Our Polyaspartic is free of all VOCs, no need to worry about your health.
  • Ultraviolet Radiation (UV): UV is one of the Achilles Heels of epoxies. The UV light from the sun will begin breaking down the epoxy molecules as soon as it cures. The beginning of this process is witnessed by the yellowing of the epoxy coating. Many coating companies will use epoxies treated with UV inhibitors to “glue” the pebbles to the surface and then use a Polyaspartic to seal the epoxies from the UV to help slow the UV from reaching the epoxy. This helps to some degree, but it will never stop the sun from penetrating to the epoxy. It will yellow! To combat this companies will offer maintenance contracts to “reseal” the newly installed surface. Polyaspartics will not yellow. Again, that is why many companies will seal over their epoxies with a Polyaspartic because it will at least delay the inevitable.
  • Return to service: Epoxies take longer to cure than Polyaspartics. Why is this an issue? The longer it takes to cure, the more airborne materials will be deposited and trapped on the surface as it is curing, such as dust, small leaves, insects, and other airborne elements. Polyaspartics have a much quicker curing time. One of the main reasons that installers do not use Polyaspartics to bond their pebbles is they will have to work more quickly which can be challenging when placing the material.

You might ask yourself, why are the other installers not using Polyaspartics? There are several reasons, a few might be the shorter working time of the Polyaspartic, the cheaper cost of epoxies, and resistance to change. Epoxies have been around since 1934, old technology. On the other hand, Polyaspartics were invented in 1977, newer technology.

JES Seal, our Polyaspartic, is superior to epoxies for this and other types of applications. It is 100% solids, meaning it will not shrink when cured. Its tensile strength is as high as 3,200 psi, meaning, if you attempt to pull the JES Seal off the concrete the JES Seal would pull the concrete up with it. It has high abrasion resistance, is USDA approved for incidental food contact, has a superior high gloss finish for that WOW factor, and can be customized with color. Additionally, anti-fungal and biocides can be added to help kill viruses, molds, fungi, and other harmful contaminants.

Decaying or Failing Utility Vault? Repair It, Don’t Replace It

Under the streets of our cities lay miles of subterranean raceways of electrical wires, communication wires, and conduit connected by underground vaults. You don’t see them, many people don’t even know they are there. These vaults vary in size from 6’ wide by 7’ deep by 12’ long, to vaults triple that size with multiple levels. They are constructed mostly of concrete and are susceptible to conditions, such as groundwater, highly acidic soils, and seismic activity, that can cause their deterioration and potential failure.

In the past, there has been little that could be done to make repairs to these vaults. The cost to replace can be upwards of $350,000.00. That being the case, many vaults have become compromised to the point of failure and for the people tasked with maintaining the conduits they contain, too dangerous to enter. JES Supply has changed all that with revolutionary repair products for vaults and underground structures. Now, finally, there is an affordable opportunity to repair old underground infrastructure, as opposed to the costly and disruptive alternative of replacement.

JES Supply’s repair solutions allow for simple minor maintenance repairs to lasting repairs of vaults that look to have crumbled to a point of no return. These systems include state-of-the-art materials for every aspect of the repair: concrete conditioners, corrosion inhibitors, waterproofing primers, and proprietary bonding and filling materials. The results produce a repair which can withstand upwards of 12,000 psi, making the repair stronger than the concrete it’s replacing. Refined installation techniques and equipment have simplified the repair process, cutting installation costs, and reducing completion times.

Save time, save money, and save your vault by repairing it with the JES Supply systems.

Check out this vault repair completed by Terra Contracting:

If you have a vault that is damaged, don’t replace it, repair it with the JES Supply solutions. Contact us today.

FLEXKIT – Repair, Don’t Replace

Nothing lasts forever – unfortunate, but so true. As durable as concrete, asphalt, steel, and wood are, they need care, maintenance, and replacement at some point. For decades, certain repairs to these surfaces were not possible for several reasons. Perhaps the repair material simply wouldn’t hold up, as it would not be able to adhere well enough to the original surface. In other instances, the strength of the repair might not allow the surface or structure to maintain its original load capacity.

Then, FLEXKIT was invented, an innovative repair product for all of these surfaces. It truly has been a game-changer for anyone charged with repairing and maintaining surfaces without the need to fully replace them.

Why replace when you can repair?

  • Cost savings. Repairing a concrete, asphalt, steel, or wood surface is considerably less expensive than replacing it.
  • Less downtime. Especially in high-traffic areas, having the ability to perform a repair versus demolition and new construction creates significantly less downtime for the public. Access and use of the surfaces can resume in hours, not days or weeks.
  • Convenience and ease of use. The FLEXKIT repair product can be used on horizontal, vertical, and overhead surfaces. It is available in convenient FLEXKITs in multiple sizes and in larger quantities for bigger jobs.

What you once considered an irreparable surface may well be a candidate for FLEXKIT. It is proven to successfully make cosmetic and structural repairs with unparalleled strength and service life. Consider its specifications:

  • When the FLEXKIT vinyl polymer is cured, it reaches a strength between 10,000 and 12,000 psi. Curing occurs in minutes or hours, depending on the ambient temperature.
  • The product has been installed in temperatures from -36 to 220 degrees F. It can be used during any season.

Learn more about FLEXKITs, and trust the team at JES Supply Company to talk through projects with you to determine if FLEXKIT is a right fit for your particular project.