HOW IT WORKS

PORESHIELD: A REVOLUTIONARY CONCRETE DURABILITY ENHANCER

There’s never been a concrete protection product that works quite like PoreShield. The unique science behind PoreShield allows it to provide protection well beyond conventional products.

Discover the unique way PoreShield provides powerful protection:

Review the latest PoreShield performance research:

 

Freeze/Thaw Protection

Reduced Ion Diffusion

HOW PORESHIELD WORKS… WHERE EXISTING PRODUCTS DON’T

When concrete is mixed, cement and water combine to create a porous material with less volume than the individual components. Those pores allow concrete to act as a sponge, absorbing fluids and salts from the surface. This provides a pathway for common sources of damage.

Common concrete sealants attempt to protect concrete by creating a protective film on the surface. This works for a while – typically two to three years – but as soon as the seal is damaged, fluid damage begins again – and since the remaining seal can hinder evaporation, the damage could even be worse than before.

UNPROTECTED CONCRETE – How Damage Occurs

water infiltration on a conrete slab

PoreShield (SME-PS) is different – in fact, it’s not a sealant at all. Instead of coating the surface, PoreShield fills concrete pores with a viscous, hydrophobic material, leaving no film on the surface. PoreShield has a lower surface tension than water, combined with a higher viscosity – allowing it to make its way into pores ahead of water.1

PoreShield concrete protection - how it works

Protection from freeze/thaw damage

In cold weather climates, the water that has seeped into concrete pores will freeze and expand – damaging concrete from within. This can lead to cracking, separation, bulging, and more.

A recent study put PoreShield to the test as a solution to freeze/thaw damage, in both ideal and damaged concrete.2 In ideal conditions, conventional sealers and PoreShield offered similar protection. But in real-world conditions, PoreShield dramatically outperformed the competition.

Freeze Thaw Results in Concrete

REDUCED ION DIFFUSION

An independent study concluded that PoreShield reduces chloride ion diffusion by twice as much as other leading products – preventing both short and long-term damage to concrete.

Review the Wisconsin DOT study to learn more.

Reduction in chloride ion concentration

SOURCES

1. Can Soy Methyl Esters Reduce Fluid Transport and Improve Durability of Concrete? (Coates et al., 2009)

2. Can Soy Methyl Esters Improve Concrete Pavement Joint Durability? (Golias et al., 2012)