Fall is here and it’s a great time to take stock of your concrete tools and products to make sure you’re properly equipped for seasonal projects. In Utah, early fall typically brings stable temperatures ideal for pouring concrete, and it’s important to get the job done right before cold weather sets in. Here are nine concrete products you need!
1. Concrete Sealers
First things first – it’s sealer season! This is the time of year to seal your job well before cold weather sets in. Proper sealing concrete surfaces keeps them protected from moisture, dirt and excess wear, while enhancing the overall appearance. Click here to learn about our top selling sealers, and which one is right for your project.
2. Chapin Dripless Shutoff
Tired of sealer drips? Dripless shutoff is what you need! Chapin dripless shut-offs seal at the nozzle tip, eliminating excess buildup in the extension wand that can cause unwanted drips when the shut-off is disengaged. When the trigger grip is released from spraying, the shut-off seals at the nozzle tip keeping the excess left in the wand from dripping. Excellent for applying sealers where precise control is needed!
3. ICS Construction and Precision Grouts
We have a variety of concrete grouts in stock and ready for use. Stop in and see us so we can help you pick the perfect one.
4. Halder Hammers
Get the right hammer for your job. Dead Blow Halder Hammers are vibration-reducing even with high impact, ergonomic, noise dampening, and wear-resistant. A great choice for concrete formwork and construction!
5. Dust protection
Filters and shrouds from Metabo and MK Diamond provide protection from concrete grinding dust. Helps control airborne particles for a cleaner working environment, while prolonging the life of tools by preventing abrasive dust from entering the motor.
6. True Temper Shovel
Having the right shovel is a must. This 6-inch wide shovel from True Temper Tools is great for pushing concrete in forms.
7. Grime Monster™
From NewLook International, Grime Monster is an effective water-based formula that attacks oil, grease and grime so it can be easily be sprayed or wiped away. The bio-degradable formula breaks down the molecular bond between the grime and the surface and is effective for removing grease and oil from all types of surfaces including concrete.
8. Keson Measuring Wheel
Sturdy, strong, reliable – Keson Industries leads the industry in precision, quality and safety.
9. VP Fuel & Sure Can
What’s better than VP fuel? Putting it in a Sure Can. This innovative gas can has patented spill-proof technology so you won’t tip or spill.
Mixing, curing, and sealing concrete properly is especially important when it comes to winter concrete projects. Concrete may be safely placed in cold weather, as long as necessary precautions and best practices are used. Here are some of Intermountain Concrete Specialties’ top product recommendations to help avoid surprises in your winter concrete projects.
1. Anti-Hydro® Admixture for Cold Weather
Anti-Hydro Admixture provides increased workability with lower water requirements, enhances internal curing time, and produces high strength concrete early in the curing process. This helps prevent damage due to frost and other cold weather hindrances. When added into concrete, Anti-Hydro Admixture produces dense, durable, water and damp-proofed concrete, while improving workability and reducing shrinkage and cracking. Fortify your concrete with Anti-Hydro® Admixture for cold weather. Learn more!
2. Concrete Curing Blankets
Even mildly cold temperatures can affect concrete curing time. Concrete blankets provide warmth when Mother Nature can’t. Temperature is actually the number two cause of concrete sealing problems, second only to moisture, so cold weather protection is critical to winter concrete projects. Concrete blankets offer the R-factor necessary to prevent winter concrete projects from freezing, which can strengthen finished concrete. Click to learn more about protecting exposed concrete with concrete curing blankets.
3. FLOOR-TOP STG Concrete Floor Topping
If you’re moving indoors to work on winter concrete projects, here’s another ICS favorite from W.R. Meadows. FLOOR-TOP STG is a single-component, self-leveling floor topping and underlayment designed to smooth out uneven or rough interior concrete floors. FLOOR-TOP STG cures to a hard surface suitable for standard foot traffic and light rubber-wheeled traffic, and can be enhanced with integral colors, dyes, stains, and sealers.
4. CS309-25 Non-Yellowing Curing and Sealing Compound
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, W.R. Meadows CS309-25 is one of our all-time favorite exterior concrete sealers. This industrial-quality workhorse sealer is specially formulated with acrylic polymers that cure and seal freshly placed concrete for a durable, long-lasting finish.
Visit your local Intermountain Concrete Specialties location in Utah or Idaho for the best tips and product recommendations for your winter concrete projects!
Most people know Thomas Edison for the light bulb, but did you know the famous inventor also held 49 cement patents? An important part of concrete history, Edison’s patents included cement processing equipment, waterproofing cement paint, and even a mold for single-pour concrete construction. The visionary thinker imagined a future with concrete houses, concrete furniture, and even concrete pianos and refrigerators!
Edison developed an interest in cement after noticing the amount of sand waste produced by his ore milling company. He sold the fine sand particles to cement manufacturers for concrete production. In 1899, he created the Edison Portland Cement Company, based in Stewartsville, N.J.
U.S. Patent 775,600 / Public Domain
Many of Edison’s inventions helped improve the cement production process. His New Jersey cement mill featured the longest rotating kilns in the world. At 150 feet long, these cement kilns were almost twice as long as standard cement kilns. Edison licensed the kilns to other cement manufacturers, which eventually helped his competitors improve their production but hindered his own company’s profitability.
Edison believed in concrete’s future capabilities but manufacturing processes had to catch up first. His premature vision of homes that would be both indestructible and affordable enough to help solve the critical housing shortage led to the idea of building houses with a single pour of concrete. His theory: a single-pour process would eliminate the labor involved with erecting walls, adding a roof, and finishing the interior.
The homes could also be mass-produced. However, the mold itself, constructed of 2,300 cast iron pieces that could be assembled together and taken apart, was expensive and most homebuilders weren’t eager to spend $175,000 (equal to $2.5 million today) on the mold. Although very few concrete homes were ever poured, a handful still stand today in Phillipsburg and Montclair, New Jersey.
Teetering financially, the Edison Portland Cement Company was fortunately awarded a major construction contract in 1922: the original Yankee Stadium. As it happens, “the house that Ruth built” was actually built by Edison. Production on the big ballpark in the Bronx took just 284 days from start to finish, using:
Edison’s concrete walls were so durable that they were left untouched when Yankee Stadium was renovated in 1973. The stadium remained in use until 2008, when the Yankees moved one block north to a new, more spacious stadium. The new Yankee Stadium features many of the same design elements as Edison’s original.
Despite the success of Yankee Stadium, the Edison Portland Cement Company folded a few years after its completion, during the Great Depression. But between 1900 and 1919, Edison’s 49 cement patents contributed greatly to the future of concrete.
One question we get asked often at Intermountain Concrete Specialties is which concrete sealer is best. Choosing the correct sealer depends on the type of concrete project, which usually dictates whether a surface sealer or a penetrating sealer is the best option. Surface sealers work in one of two ways: by forming a protective, impermeable layer on the concrete surface, or by blocking the pores in concrete to prevent water absorption. Penetrating sealers absorb into the concrete, and are ideal for protecting exterior concrete surfaces from damage due to exposure such as rain and ice.
For decorative concrete, ICS High Gloss Non-Yellowing Sealer enhances the surface with a high-shine, glossy finish. Formulated to seal and protect concrete surfaces by producing a hard yet breathable, high-sheen finish, this non-yellowing, acrylic-based, sealing compound is transparent, durable, and easy to apply. Use ICS High Gloss Sealer on decorative concrete for a quick-drying, high-gloss finish, and improved resistance to UV light, water, alkalis and more.
When it comes to curing and sealing exterior concrete surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, driveways and patios, CS309-25 Non-Yellowing, Acrylic Curing and Sealing Compound provides a durable, long-lasting finish. This industrial-quality sealer by W. R. Meadows is a true workhorse, formulated to improve resistance to chemicals, oil, grease, deicing salts, and abrasion. CS309-25 applies easily and dries quickly with a clear, non-yellowing, acrylic finish.
Also from W.R. Meadows, VOCOMP-25 is a water-based, acrylic concrete curing and sealing compound ideal for sidewalks, patios, pool areas, and commercial/industrial flooring. Available in a quick-drying, ready-to-use formula, it enhances surface appearance and improves resistance to rain, sun, freezing temperatures, many chemicals and acids, deicing salts, and abrasives. VOCOMP-25 applies with a blue cast for easy-to-see coverage and then dries clear with a medium sheen. The more coats applied, the higher the sheen. What makes VOCOMP-25 a standout is that it can be used on new, old, interior, exterior, horizontal, and vertical concrete surfaces.
Masterprotect H400 40% silane penetrating sealer provides long-lasting protection against moisture, freezing and thawing, and chloride intrusion. For interior or exterior use, Masterprotect H 400 is an ideal penetrating sealer for concrete highways, parking garages, stadiums and other high-traffic concrete surfaces.
When you need to protect concrete surfaces against damage from severe elements, such as heavy wind-driven rain, freeze/thaw cycles, and intense moisture, turn to Pentra Sil 244+. This premium hardener, densifier, and concrete sealer reduces permeability and protects concrete surfaces with a single application. It works by reacting with free calcium to form insoluble calcium silica hydrate, making concrete more water-, stain-, and abrasion-resistant for easier maintenance and durability. Pentra Sil 244+ can be sprayed on new or existing concrete.
If you’re looking to protect concrete pool decks, around waterfalls, and other concrete surfaces prone to water exposure, choose DECK-O-SHIELD by W. R. Meadows, Inc. This ready-to-use, water-based sealer acts as a water-repellant. DECK-O-SHIELD works by penetrating the concrete surface to form a barrier against moisture, and helps protect against salt staining, rust, and spills. Best of all, it won’t alter the color of your concrete, so the appearance of decorative concrete surfaces stays true.
Creto Deep Penetrating Sealer is another option for waterproofing new or existing concrete. Creto DPS goes deep to form a gel under the surface of the concrete to block moisture from migrating to the surface, while still allowing concrete to breathe. Creto DPS is ideal for home and commercial use on concrete sidewalks, basements, retaining walls, highway bridges, garages and more.
Decraseal WB is a non-yellowing, acrylic-based, curing and sealing compound for decorative concrete. Clear, transparent and easy to apply, Decra-Seal offers improved resistance to water, alkalis and mild acids with a hard yet flexible, clear film. Decra-Seal is specifically formulated for decorative concrete.
Concrete can be backbreaking work. It’s heavy, messy and requires a lot of stamina. But we love it (and we know you do, too) so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite solutions to everyday concrete issues with our concrete products roundup—and to help you lighten your load.
Speaking of heavy loads…
First in our concrete product roundup, capable of hauling up to 750 pounds per load, Overland Electric Wheelbarrows are powerful yet simple to use. Simply load up an Overland Electric Wheelbarrow, push the throttle, and go! Multiple wheels keep larger loads steady, and power assist helps you get up inclines and rough terrain without a problem. Features include a heavy-duty steel frame and an enclosed gearbox to resist water and mud. Capable of traveling up to 2.4 mph, Overland’s Electric Wheelbarrows emit no fumes and virtually no noise. All electric power means zero emissions, zero fumes—and full power all the time.
Having water issues due to porous concrete? Go below the surface and block water from the inside with Creto Deep Penetrating Sealer. Creto DPS offers crystalline waterproofing for new or existing concrete slabs, going deep to form a gel under the surface of the concrete creating a barrier to stop water. How does it work? Creto DPS reacts with the free line and alkali-forming insoluble calcium silicate crystals to block moisture from migrating to the surface—while still allowing concrete to breathe. Creto DPS is ideal for concrete sidewalks, basements, retaining walls, highway bridges, garages and more.
Another in our concrete product roundup, made from high-quality materials for the everyday contractor, the No. 29 Line Concrete Finishing Brush by Magnolia is designed especially for putting the final touches on concrete work. The lightweight, soft horsehair concrete finishing brush can also be used to sweep fine particles on smooth floors. Magnolia brush brooms are finishing brooms at their best.
Cracked concrete? No problem! Ultrabond 365CC to the rescue. This code-compliant, hybrid-anchoring adhesive offers the highest elevated temperature creep performance on the market today. Nobody wants to come back to a job two or three days later when you can finish in the same day. Ultrabond 365CC delivers a full cure in 45 minutes!
Do you have old, dried concrete lingering on your tools, equipment, or even your work truck? Skip the harsh chemicals and reach for the RoMix. RoMix Back-Set Molecular Cement Dissolver turns hard-set cement back to rinsable mud by breaking down the ionic bond in Portland cement to completely dissolve and release the hardened cement from any surface to which it is adhered. Best of all, Back-Set is biodegradable and environmentally safe, free from muriatic, hydrochloric, hydroflouric, sulfuric or phosphoric acids. Learn more about this green concrete remover:
Questions? Intermountain Concrete Specialties showrooms are a great place to find out about the latest and most reliable concrete products. Stop by any one of our six locations to speak with a product expert!
Make your next concrete project easier with some of our favorite construction tools and concrete products, available at Intermountain Concrete Specialties, your concrete supplier.
Use the GC55 Concrete Saw from Norton Construction Products on green, cured, and decorative concrete, and for cutting expansion joints. The GC55 Concrete Saw features a compact, lightweight design, backed by a reliable Honda 5HP gasoline engine for superior performance. This small push saw has a low, wide profile; improved wheel design for stable cutting even over debris; and folds down for easy storage and transport.
The last thing you want to worry about is a complicated system for containing and removing hazardous waste from home concrete projects and job sites. Outpak Corrugated Concrete Washouts are designed to provide portable, cost-effective, EPA-friendly solutions for safely removing washout materials such as concrete sediment, stains and paints. The washouts are made with heavy-duty, water-treated fiberboard, yet are light, durable, and fold flat for storage. Setup is quick and easy. After the washout has been filled with runoff material, allow the high-pH wastewater to evaporate, leaving only solid concrete waste, then load it up in a flatbed for easy transportation. Outpak Concrete Washouts are available in 30”x30”, 4’x4’, and 6’x6’.
Perfect for mapping out project sites and underground utilities, Arvoe Construction Marking Paint is the manufacturer’s flagship marking paint—and for good reason. This high-quality construction marking paint is designed to meet upside-down marking applications while providing excellent color visibility lasting up to three months. Arvoe Construction Marking Paint is available in a variety of colors.
Nothing is worse than doing all that hard work only to notice your project isn’t level! With digital accuracy of 0.1º at level and plumb, the Kapro 985D Digiman Professional Magnetic Digital Level is one of our favorite simple, yet necessary, tools when it comes to highest accuracy and angle measuring. This Kapro level features Plumb Site® Dual-View™ vial, solid acrylic vials, Ergo Grip™ handles, shockproof end caps, tilted LCD display with backlight, recalibration function, and a 180º readout display that remains straight when the level is upside-down. Large silicone buttons make this level easy to use while wearing gloves.
What do you do when the grips wear out on your valuable tools? Don’t replace: Re-Grip! This revolutionary product allows you to replace and/or improve the grip on any cylindrical and semi-cylindrical tools, handles and levers while enhancing safety and comfort. Re-Grip can be used on axes, crowbars, hammers, rakes, ratchets, shovels, trowels, jackhammers, levers, drills, wheelbarrows and more. Simply pull a tab to unwind the coil, allowing the grip to shrink and compress securely to size. Learn more:
Choosing the right sealer for your concrete project is an integral part of finishing the job right. This final layer of protection can:
The type of concrete sealer you choose will depend on the type of project. Two of our most commonly requested sealers are W.R. Meadows CS309-25 for commercial and industrial application, and ICS High Gloss Sealer for decorative concrete applications.
DECORATIVE CONCRETE SEALER
ICS High Gloss Non-Yellowing Sealer enhances the architectural and aesthetic qualities of decorative concrete surfaces with a lustrous, glossy finish. ICS High Gloss Sealer has been formulated to seal, protect, and enhance concrete by producing a hard, breathable, long-lasting, attractive, high-sheen finish. This non-yellowing, acrylic-based, liquid sealing compound is clear, transparent, durable, and easy to apply. The quick-drying, high gloss concrete sealer can be used on colored and stamped concrete surfaces and may brighten the natural coloration.
ICS High Gloss features superior moisture retention, but should not be applied to concrete that will be exposed to excessive moisture. It offers improved resistance against UV light, water, salt, oil, alkalis, mild acids and petroleum spirits. ICS High Gloss Non-Yellowing Sealer can be applied to horizontal or vertical surfaces.
In contrast to ICS High Gloss Sealer for decorative concrete surfaces, CS309-25 Non-Yellowing, Acrylic Curing and Sealing Compound is a “workhorse” sealer used to simultaneously cure and seal exterior concrete surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, patios, parking areas, and other typically gray concrete surfaces. The use of CS-309-25 on any exterior concrete surface provides a durable, long-lasting finish that offers improved resistance to chemicals, oil, grease, deicing salts, and abrasion. This W.R. Meadows sealer applies easily and dries quickly for less down time.
CS309-25’s clear, transparent, ready-to-apply, non-yellowing liquid compound is formulated from special acrylic polymers and quick-evaporating solvents that effectively cures and seals freshly placed concrete. When properly applied, CS-309-25 produces a hard, dense, high compressive strength concrete that offers improved resistance to chemicals, oil, grease, deicing salts, and abrasion. CS309-25 Non-Yellowing, Acrylic Curing and Sealing Compound will minimize hair-checking as well as premature cracking, dusting, spalling, and other common defects that result when concrete is not properly cured.
Both CS-309-25 and ICS High Gloss sealers are VOC-compliant.
Remember, no one sealer is right for every job. Not sure which to choose? Visit the Intermountain Concrete Specialties location nearest you to speak with one of our experts to find the right sealer for your concrete project.
Understanding how to pour and handle concrete safely and efficiently goes a long way toward getting the job done right. Concrete wall forms are used to hold poured concrete in place as it hardens in order to create strong, stable, exact forms. One cubic foot of concrete weighs about 150 pounds — that means an average concrete project may have thousands of square feet of concrete walls that are going to need a lot of support as they’re being formed.
Concrete forms are typically made of strong wood or metal; which type of concrete form to use usually is determined by the amount of concrete it will need to support. A concrete form supporting factory walls, industrial buildings, bridges or large foundations, for example, will need much more support than the shallow, flat forms used to create a concrete driveway or patio. In the former case, steel-reinforced forms are often used to support the massive weight of the concrete. Plastic and fiberglass forms may also be used in some concrete wall forming applications.
Intermountain Concrete Specialties carries thousands of concrete forming products, ties and materials, including snap ties, wall ties, form cleats, brackets, lifting hardware, inserts, spreader cleats or flat ties. We also have a complete line of concrete wall forming rental equipment, including plywood concrete forms with Jahn bracket clamps and snap ties.
Our concrete wall forming and equipment lead the industry in quality, safety and ease of use. We represent the finest manufacturers, tools and equipment, so you can rest assured your concrete forming product will be exactly what you want it to be. We offer a wide variety of Gates Concrete Forming Systems concrete forms, from residential handset to heavy commercial gang form solutions. This Basics of Concrete guide by Gates helps contractors and DIYers understand the nature of concrete and how to best manage concrete pouring, pressure and support. Dayton Superior concrete wall forms deliver precision endurance, performance and strength. Their Symons brand of concrete forming systems has been a preferred solution for the past century.
From the smallest do-it-yourself project to the largest project in your city, we have the wall forming supplies and equipment to get the job done right. Visit the Intermountain Concrete showroom nearest you for rental equipment, wall forms and more.
As a leading supplier of concrete products to the Intermountain West since 1950, we appreciate working with companies that have been in business for a long time. Intermountain Concrete Specialties is a proud supplier of W.R. Meadows premium-grade construction products, as part of the many concrete product lines we carry.
W.R. Meadows has been family owned and operated since commencing business in the concrete industry in 1926. In line with our founding principles, W.R. Meadows is dedicated to being a valued supplier of specialty concrete construction materials while valuing quality, service and integrity.
Curing, Sealing and Protection
Keeping your concrete job protected during the curing stages is critical as curing is an essential step in producing strong, durable concrete. Once properly cured, protecting the concrete with a proper sealing compound is required to insure resistance to staining and premature degradation. We carry a variety of concrete curing, sealing and protection products, including the best-selling DecraSealTM by W.R. Meados. Decra-Seal is a non-yellowing, acrylic-based, high solids, liquid curing and sealing compound for decorative concrete. Clear, transparent and easy to apply, Decra-Seal offers improved resistance to water, alkalis and mild acids with a hard yet flexible, clear film. Decra-Seal is specifically formulated for the decorative concrete market.
Once you have that beautiful concrete floor protected by a W. R. Meadows curing and sealing compound, how do you maintain that look? Here’s some tips on proper floor maintenance after the application of our product. Watch this video to learn more:
Joints and Cracks
Keeping moisture out of cracks and joints in concrete can be challenging at best. W.R. Meadows joint sealants hold up to the most strenuous of environmental factors and situations. We carry a variety of self-leveling and non-sagging joint sealants in a variety of colors and finishes. Backer rods are also a critical component to proper joint sealing. W.R. Meadows’ closed-cell foam technology eliminates air and moisture entrapment, installs quickly, is easily compressible and stays in place. Finally, to help prevent your concrete from cracking, we carry a variety of expansion materials including foam, rubber, ceramar, metal and composite.
Looking to seal a basement? A high-rise parking terrace? Bridge or plaza decks? Take control with masonry coating and concrete damp-proofing products. For over 85 years, W. R. Meadows has been recognized as the leader in developing and producing quality concrete waterproofing products for the construction industry. We supply the W.R. Meadows complete moisture control package, backed by our know-how to help your job be successful. Watch this video to learn more about concrete waterproofing.
Intermountain Concrete Specialties would like to extend a big “Thank You!” to all of our valued customers, especially those who attended our two Open House celebrations, commemorating Intermountain Concrete Specialties’ 65 years in business. Open House dates were May 19, 2015 at our Logan showroom, and May 21, 2015 at our Salt Lake City location.
A combined total of more than 500 customers attended our Logan and Salt Lake City Open House events for lunch, door prizes, and a chance to visit with top manufacturer representatives.
As a leading supplier of concrete products to the Intermountain West, our Open House celebration welcomed representatives from Innotech, Quikrete, WR Meadows, Hi Country Sales (representing Kraft Tools and Spectra Lasers), Aspentown (representing Marshalltown and Diamond Products), Mapei, Dayton Superior, Lyons Manufacturing, HH Sales (representing Brentwood and Swiss Sprayers), Crete/Commercial Building Solutions, Brad Steele/Chapin Manufacturing, Sika Corp/Greenstreak, US Spec, BASF, MBW/Clipper (represented by Lew Hudson) and more. Reps were on hand to share knowledge about the latest innovations in concrete products.
Logan Open House — May 19, 2015
Salt Lake City Open House — May 21, 2015
Thank you to all of our customers and representatives for 65 great years in the concrete business!
Founded in 1950, Intermountain Concrete Specialties continues to carry on its tradition of supplying the concrete industry in the Intermountain West with state-of-the-art concrete products, tools and know-how, all backed by superior customer service. Stop by any of our six locations throughout Utah and Idaho to find out about the latest and most reliable concrete products on the market today.