Date: 2019 – present
Application Type: PCCP Joint
Applicators: Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana State Fair
In July 2021, PoreShield SME-PS was first applied to concrete pavements outside the Glass Barn, a unique educational center filled with fun, interactive exhibits on Indiana farming at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. This high-traffic, public area of the fairgrounds also must maintain a certain aesthetic.
During the PoreShield SME-PS application at the Glass Barn, applicators noted how easy and safe PoreShield was to apply. Matt Keller, marketing outreach manager for the Indiana Soybean Alliance, was one of the applicators who applied PoreShield SME-PS to the pavement area surrounding the facility.
Prior to the application, Keller pressure-washed the concrete slabs surrounding the facility. He and two interns returned several days later to apply PoreShield with backpack sprayers.
“As a first-of-its-kind technology, PoreShield SME-PS actually enhances the durability of concrete by offering protection from the inside-out,” said PoreShield Technical Lead Paul Imbrock. “Since it does not set or cure, PoreShield continuously self-seals and adjusts to new damage as it occurs, providing enhanced concrete durability for 10 or more years.”
“The most surprising piece of using PoreShield was the smell, or lack of a smell,” said Keller. “Opening the cans, I typically would expect to have some unpleasant odor, but this smelled like vegetable oil.”
In addition, PoreShield SME-PS is low in VOC and is safe for human health and the environment. Plus, the technology doesn’t require hazardous waste cleanup and no PPE is required.
“One of the biggest benefits of PoreShield is that it is safe for the environment and for those applying it,” said Keller. “You don’t have to worry about wearing a breathing apparatus and there’s no need to be concerned with any kind of runoff and how it affects the general public or the plant life and waterways around you.”
“I think the ease of application and long-lasting protection really played into the facility managers’ decision to apply it in other areas of the fairgrounds,” said Keller. “It’s kind of a no-brainer to use PoreShield SME-PS and I think they saw that as well. There’s definitely a value-add for anybody who’s interested in the product.”