THICKER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
Comparison of water-based non hazardous waterproofing and carbon-based bituminous asphalt waterproofing is like comparing water to gasoline. But the question is which one does a better job?
When Deco Products began in 1991 we saw the need to introduce to the below grade foundation waterproof and dampproofing industry a product that was not only safe for the applicator to use but a product that was safe for the environment and the builders jobsite.
With the help of several chemists and chemical engineers Deco Products began developing such products. Because of the newest technology in water borne specialty coating resins Deco 20 Seal and Deco 20 Dampproof were created.
These products were submitted to SGS US Testing to perform the rigorous testing involved with AC 29 by the International Code Council (ICC). They not only passed all ASTM’s but were only required at a fraction of the mil thickness as required by bituminous asphalt based products. This is due to the fact that Deco Products were designed only for the purpose of foundation water and dampproofing and not a
byproduct of the oil industry. What does this boil down to? Less product is required to spray a wall.
The newer technology used in producing Deco Products has ensured it’s dependability and proven it to be a quality product that builders and engineers can count on to keep basements dry for the life of the structure. This means happier customers.
Now let’s look at tar. It requires more product to waterproof a foundation. It is hazardous and toxic to humans and the environment. Because asphalt/tar coatings are carbon-based, it produces emissions that are detrimental to the Earth’s ozone layer and is a known source of food for mold.
In addition, asphalt coatings are a short term solution. Microbes associated with bacterial decomposition of asphalt-based coatings are commonly found in soil. They metabolize and decompose a broad range of organic substrates. Moist and warm soils are rich in these bacteria, thus leading to more rapid degradation of any asphalt products that come into contact with them. What does this mean? Asphalt coatings break down. Commonly, they deteriorate in just a few years. Now the wall is exposed to moisture which leads to not only a leaky basement, but starts growing MOLD. General contractors are relying on current codes and exposing themselves to angry customers. Using the excuse “I was just following code” is not a valid reason to keep using asphalt coatings for waterproofing methods.
Using faulty asphalt products costs EVERYONE more with problems resulting in lawsuits and claims that drive everyone’s insurance rates higher. Why not avoid the problems altogether? For basically the same price, (less product is required to do the job) DECO 20 solves the problem before it even starts.
In conclusion, we are now living in the “green” era. Like it or not, homeowners are demanding more green products. Deco 20 is a green product AND does a better job. In this day and age, everyone must take responsibility and do what they can to provide a healthier environment for future generations. Taking pride in the fact that you are doing your part, is not only the right thing to do but can also be a selling feature to all your homebuyers. And in the end companies must ask themselves: What statement does my company make? What kind of carbon footprint do we leave behind?
Moisture intrusion is one of the leading causes of failure in concrete foundations. Reinforcement steel used to strengthen the lateral load in basements can rust over time. This causes deterioration in the integrity and strength of the concrete. Moisture can also lead to cracks and flaking of the concrete creating a damp basement on the interior. When moisture enters the living space of a basement it creates an ideal condition for mold and mildew. Damp basements cause hazardous living conditions, and musty odors, upsetting to the homeowner. Proper foundation waterproofing is a necessity in preventing these harmful conditions. Deco Products provides the best solution for foundation waterproofing and dampproofing.
Deco concrete sealers and coatings are the ONLY products that offer 100% coverage of the foundation wall. UV Protectant is also blended into our foundation waterproofing and dampproofing formulas. This means your foundation wall is protected from the footer to the top of the wall. Never worry about grade lines again!
Both residential builders and homeowners appreciate the asthetics of Deco Products foundation waterproofing. No more ugly black tar! Deco has been producing an alternative to asphalt (tar) coatings for over 20 years. When it comes to concrete sealers, why not choose the safe, effective, and attractive foundation waterproofing known as Deco Products?
If you are a builder, contractor or applicator and would like more information about Deco foundation waterproofing or dampproofing, please call 1-800-500-DECO or contact us.