Hi-tech Joint Infill Material for Patios

Masonry Waterproofing

Projects around the home are seemingly a daily occurrence and that “honey do” list never wanes. Once you’ve completed one project, two more are taking its place on that ever-growing list. That said, it’s a good goal to have to do a job right the first time so it doesn’t find its way back onto that list in the near future. With that in mind, let’s talk about what you’re doing (and using) for infill materials when you’re constructing (or repairing) your home’s patio.

So, there it is. The question has been asked… What are you using for infill material?

Sand? Gravel? Clay? Cement? Mortar? Stone dust?

If you answered with any of the above materials, chances are you’re doing touchup or replacement work fairly frequently. It may not be an annual activity, but, it’s probably not far off from being that common of an occurrence. DirtGlue® powdered polymer is a long-term solution to your joint infill needs…

Consider our DirtGlueDry® powdered polymer solution if you appreciate the notion of “working smarter, not harder” when it comes to this application.

When mixed with appropriate infill material like the proper type of sand or a sand / stone dust blend and then wetted, DirtGlueDry® powdered polymer cures to form a hardened infill material that is resistant to insect and weed infestation. The product is also proven to tolerate pressure washers and leaf blowers allowing periodic cleaning of the patio without necessitating new infill be put back in after cleaning. It’s strength is unrivaled by other solution sets on the market. A nice feature is that rather than buying and paying a premium for polymerized sand, you only by the polymer. You source the sand locally and mix our DirtGlueDry powdered polymer into it and then apply it as you would nay polymerized sand. There is a second advantage too. You can control how much polymer is added thereby controlling the strength and increasing the application lifespan if you want to. With ready-mixed polymerized sand you only have the percentage of polymer binder that the manufacturer provides – it is not adjustable and you pay considerably more because you are paying to have sand packaged and shipped when you can easily and much more cheaply source it yourself.

Once you’ve got the infill set, it’s time to focus on the piece of the patio that you actually see, which of course, is the surface…

Engineers, construction contractors, builders, and you, the common DIY home owner deal with the destructive chemical reactions cement-based building materials suffer due mainly to the exposure to water, which acts as a reaction medium or solvent in this destruction. You work tirelessly to make repairs, and patch compromised spots within the infrastructure of your patio. Why not consider a solution that, quite simply, lasts?

Film formers/barrier type technologies (coatings) have been widely used, but due to weathering and ultra violet exposure these coatings have limited lifespan and thus periodic reparative applications are required. This issue has been revolutionarily remediated with the all-inclusive protective properties of MasonProof™.

MasonProof™ is used as a waterproofing agent on any masonry surface including but not limited to patios. It can be used for:

  • Concrete
  • Brick
  • Clay tiles
  • Rock
  • Mortar
  • Stonework
  • and more…

MasonProof™ permanently waterproofs the treated  masonry preventing scaling spalling, staining etc.

In reinforced concrete MasonProof™ also prevents corrosion expansion which is water, or worse, salt water, which seeps into untreated concrete far enough to reach the reinforcing steel (rebar, re-rod, reinforcing wire, etc.) and causes the steel to corrode.  As steel corrodes the rust that is created during the process expands the size of the corroding piece and stresses the concrete from the inside out, eventually causing the concrete to crack as corrosion and the inherent expansion continues.  Left long enough the concrete will crack to the point of failure.

Global Environmental Solutions MasonProof, the Masonry Waterproofing solution:

  • Is not a film-former like other products on the market
  • Is not a surface sealer like other products on the market
  • It penetrates deeply into the masonry substrate, working from the inside out
  • It is, for all intents and purposes, permanent waterproofing protection

Our MasonProof™ product is simple to use and can be easily applied by spray, brush or roller to new or existing masonry structures to protect them from:

  • Mildew
  • Fungus
  • Efflorescence
  • Leaching
  • Staining
  • Scaling
  • Spalling corrosion of steel within reinforced concrete

How does MasonProof™ help strengthen the overall infill footprint of your patio and similar outdoor living spaces?

MasonProof™ penetrates 5mm (or more depending on density of the treated substrate) deep into the substrate and provides repellency into the pores of cementitious structures where other film formers like silicone resins, acrylic resins, and epoxy resins cannot penetrate. Because it functions at the microscopic level it does not eliminate the breathability of the treated structure.

So, basically, MasonProof™ is good for penetrative, strong supportive use on any general material you’ve used to build out your existing patio, or the patio you’re about to construct (in which case, as we’ve already mentioned, let’s get it right the first time for peace-of-mind moving forward…)

From patios to walkways, driveways and other outdoor hardscaping projects, trust MasonProof™ to be the bond that locks in longevity to the life of your project.

Contact us today to learn more!

Soil Stabilization

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At GES we strive to make products that help protect the environment and ensure a healthy world for today and the future. One area that we have been focusing a lot on lately is soil stabilization.

Soil erosion occurs naturally in almost every ecosystem. However, erosion is greatly exacerbated in areas where the soil has been disturbed by human intervention. There are numerous examples of this, a few of which are: the construction of roadways, new housing developments, installation of power lines, agricultural activities, and timber harvesting.

By some estimates, human activities have increased the rate of soil erosion by nearly 30 times the amount that it would naturally occur. Without proper soil erosion control, the impacts of this erosion are profound. Soil erosion causes:

 

  • Siltation of watercourses and water storages.
  • Reduction in water quality of creeks, rivers and coastal areas.
  • Contamination in ponds, estuaries, and watersheds as fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants runoff into waterways.
  • Disturbance or uprooting of plants and vegetation.
  • Road damage from erosion destabilizing the roadbase
  • Housing damage as silt and runoff can enter basements of homes following large storms.
  • Weakened soil structure and removal of water-holding hydrophilic layers, making areas more vulnerable during drought conditions.
  • Damage to water ecosystems affecting numerous species of wildlife.
  • Damage to municipal infrastructure from clogged water drains, choked spillways, etc.

 

To help combat this pervasive issue, Global Environmental Solutions has developed DirtGlue® polymer, an environmentally safe, powerful acrylic polymer emulsion specifically engineered to bond soil particles together, thereby stabilizing soil to provide a highly effective solution for soil erosion.

Traditional soil erosion control methods have been things like turf reinforcement mats, silt fencing, staked turbidity barriers, and rip rap (otherwise known as shot rock or rock armor).  These methods are reactive –put in place to catch the erosion after the soil is already on the move. Using DirtGlue® polymer properly means applying immediately after the soil has been disturbed and stopping it from moving before any erosion occurs. Thus using DirtGlue® polymer is proactive rather than reactive.

Silt fencing

Silt Fencing

Staked turbidity barrier

Staked Turbidity Barrier

Turf mat

Turf Mat

Rip rap

Rip Rap

Each of these methods involve the installation of costly, unsightly man-made materials, that are not only a pain in the neck to put into place, but quite detrimental to the aesthetics of the natural area they serve to protect.

Unlike these methods, DirtGlue® polymer is an easy to apply acrylic polymer that leaves the natural landscape intact. With DirtGlue® polymer there are no fences, no rock piles, no obvious signs of human interference. The application of DirtGlue® is quick and easy. Using conventional hydroseeding equipment, preventing soil erosion with DirtGlue® is a snap. Just spray on and DirtGlue® acrylic polymer will go to work filling the microscopic spaces between soil particles as it penetrates into the affected area forming a tough, durable crust that keeps soil erosion at bay.

With superior bonding strength, high UV resistance for increased longevity, and superior hydrophobicity, DirtGlue® protects disturbed soil from turning into damaging runoff, providing a superior, cost effective, easy-to-use soil erosion control solution.

 

 

TerraDry Waterproofing Technology

TerraDry Waterproofing Technology

Moisture: In so many facets of life, it can be a wonderful thing. In our natural environment it sustains plant and animal life and keeps things looking lush and green. In our homes, the right level of moisture keeps the air pleasant. Even in our bodies, the right level of moisture is required for proper functioning. Too little, and our skin gets dry and cracks and lack of correct percentage of moisture internally can create havoc. Our eyes become red and itchy. But there’s one area where moisture (especially too much of it) can cause some serious problems: roads and pathways or any hard surface that will receive traffic.

When it comes to building proper roads and pathways, moisture must be at a fairly precise level. While a range of 7-14% is acceptable in the base aggregate, around 12% is ideal. At this level, the aggregate is just damp, which is perfect for making a road. The issue that so often arises is that it is nearly impossible to maintain this percentage of moisture. Changes in the weather bring along wind, rain, elevated humidity levels, and temperature, which all impact moisture levels. When soil becomes wet, water molecules separate soil particle bonds, thus becoming destabilized, eroded, and muddy. When this occurs, load bearing strength is diminished and the roadway loses its solid foundation.

To combat this problem, we developed TerraDry®. TerraDry® waterproofing technology hydrophobizes soil and aggregate particles making them completely waterproof so there is no moisture penetration. With no moisture penetration there is no mud, no erosion, and no loss of structural integrity.

Up until now, fixing moisture problems in aggregate was a costly and time-consuming endeavor. Once a road or pathway became damaged, the only way to fix it was to dig it up, haul out the inferior aggregate, and replace it with proper materials. TerraDry® allows for the existing aggregate to be treated in place. As TD permeates into the capillary network of the inferior aggregate, it fills this network of moisture channels with resin, thereby transforming the poor-quality road base into strong, stable material. No need for digging and hauling, and no need for purchasing expensive, new material. Lowered environmental impact also results. It’s a win-win.

TerraDry® waterproofing technology is also an excellent choice in areas that go through a lot of freeze/thaw cycles in the wintertime. Equally (if not more) damaging than erosion is freezing. As thawing temperatures allow moisture to penetrate beneath the surface of a road or pathway during the day, this moisture then freezes and expands at night, cracking and heaving the road, and creating a serious issue for its stability and function. TerraDry® prevents capillary water uptake, eliminating the destructive force of freezing water.

With TerraDry® you can not only prevent costly damage from happening in the first place, but save time and money on any repair projects that may come your way.

Have questions about what TerraDry® can do for you? Give us a call. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help so that you can complete your next project with less worry, less time, and less expense. Contact GES today.

 

Polymer Pavement System

Polymer Pavement System

What makes for a good road? A smooth surface? Durability? No mud? No dust? Longevity? How about the opposite? What is it like to drive on a road that is cracked, bumpy, rough, and potholed?

It’s probably safe to say that we have all experienced both, and surely, we can agree that driving along a nice smooth road is a heck of a lot more pleasant.

So, why then do we so often encounter roads that are split and heaved? The answer is that they are lacking the full system that is necessary to keep them smooth and drivable for years to come.

When we created our Polymer Pavement System, we wanted to provide an optimal solution to this prevalent problem. With a forward-thinking approach, we created a more affordable, more environmentally-friendly paving system that produces a permanent, hardened driving surface that equals or exceeds the strength and lifespan of asphalt.

Let’s take a look at this system to examine how it works:

First, let’s turn to the word system and pull it apart a bit. When we look at a road, it is easy to focus only on the surface. After all, that is what’s clearly visible to the naked eye. However, beneath the surface there are multiple layers that each play a very important role in the overall performance of the driving surface. As you will see in the diagram below, a road is constructed of a subgrade, subbase, base, cap, and drainage system.

 

Polymer Pavement System

 

A properly built road is similar to an iceberg: what we see as the “road” is just the tip of something larger lying beneath.

The main issue with following this model is time and money. Traditional asphalt or concrete paving projects often neglect to pay full attention to each one of these important structural elements because it can be very expensive to do so. It takes a lot of time and money to remove inferior soil then haul in proper aggregate base material. Our Polymer Pavement System provides a solution to this obstacle by packaging these constituent materials into one comprehensive system, reducing construction time, and saving you money!

Global Environmental Solutions’ Polymer Pavement System is perfect for:

  • Commercial developments
  • Residential developments
  • Parks and recreation
  • Road building
  • Golf courses
  • Mining
  • Private roads

The next time you are looking to build a road, path, or extended driveway, do it right the first time. Contact GES for the optimal pavement solution.

 

 

What is Track-out?

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Recently, the EPA published a number of statements declaring “track-out” as one of the biggest environmental violations within agriculture, construction, and mining. If you are unfamiliar with this term, you are not alone. In fact, one of the principal reasons the EPA has become increasingly vocal on this subject is to bring awareness to this often-overlooked issue.

In response to the growing trend to bring this issue into the spotlight, we offer this brief article to introduce you to the subject of track-out, explain the impact this can have on the environment when not managed properly, and how GES and its products such as DirtGlue® Industrial polymer have been specifically created to help safeguard industrial worksites from this hazardous and egregious violation.

Let’s begin with defining “track-out.” Simply put, track-out is the mud, soil, or other organic debris that gets carried out of a construction site, farm, or any other industrial area where the soil has been disturbed. As numerous vehicles, such as tractors, trucks, and trailers travel in and out of these areas each day, they track-out debris which then gets deposited outside of the work zones as it flings off of tire treads and mechanical components.

Ok, so what’s the big deal? Here’s the scoop…

As vehicles carry out and deposit this debris, it can find its way into storm drains, rivers, local watersheds, delicate grasslands, animal habitats…the list could go on. This is a particularly sensitive environmental issue when you consider that many industrial sites such as mines, quarries, or large farms are full of chemicals, fertilizers, and other compounds that pose a serious threat when they enter areas that they shouldn’t be in.

Although the EPA currently requires a SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Protection Plan) to address the issue of stormwater, as it can sweep away pollutants from disturbed soil, the plan only really tackles the issue of track-out by embedding a requirement that each site have an exit pad that vehicles must cross as they leave the area.

Now, we’re not saying that an exit pad is a bad idea. Because when installed, used, and maintained properly, this can be a helpful measure. However, we would like to say that there is another, more advanced solution that goes straight to the root cause of this issue, which is the loose, disturbed soil itself.

Let’s pause for a second to ponder this question: If the loose soil is the root of this issue, then what if we could “un-loosen” the soil? What if the soil was firm and solid enough that it couldn’t be tracked-out?

It was this simple, yet profound realization that led us to developing DirtGlue®, a non-hazardous, high-tech bonding agent specifically engineered to bond soil particles together to form a tough, durable, three-dimensional matrix that functions like asphalt. As an environmentally-friendly product, DirtGlue® Industrial polymer contains no harmful chemicals, and will not adversely affect people, animals or aquatic life.

So let’s say that we’re beginning a new development project, and crews are moving in to begin to clear and grade the site. It goes without saying that this process will produce significant soil disruption. But now, imagine that we built a proper road into this new development area. We tamped and graded the soil perfectly, then applied DirtGlue® Industrial polymer to bond loose dirt making a stable, solid surface. What impact would this have? Well, you may have guessed it…it would significantly reduce track out. Effectively, by the time the construction vehicles reached the exit pad, they would have already had ample time to discharge any loose soil that they picked up in the active construction zone. The exit pad would then only have to take care of the small amounts of remnant left on the tires. As an added bonus, your development site will also look cleaner and more professional. It’s a win-win.

Since its inception, GES has been committed to producing the highest quality soil stabilization products to help buffer the environmental impacts of construction, mining, agriculture, and other forms of industrial enterprise. We take pride in what we do, knowing that when you choose GES, you are making a conscious, informed decision to take part in the growing movement of responsible, forward-thinking environmental management.

We hope that this article helped to raise your awareness of track-out, and provided you with some ease-of-mind knowing that doing your part to manage this environmental risk is as easy as picking up the phone and giving GES a call.