Are you still using wood reveals to create decorative details in your tilt-up panels? Nox-Crete's Tilt-Up Market Segment Manager Tom Bozzano has a lot to say on why you should consider switching to PVC reveals such as Clean Line Reveal. Clean Line Reveal won the 2018 Most Innovative Products at the World of Concrete. PVC reveals are durable, easy to install, easy to remove and produce a clean release and uniform finish. See Tom's article, "The Advantages of PVC Reveals in Decorative Tilt-Up" in Tilt-Up Today magazine!
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Read up on the benefits of PVC reveals and then reach out to Tom with any questions. You can reach Tom at TBozzano@nox-crete.com or 402-598-8673.
In this article, Destry Kenning discusses methods for seasoning aluminum forms as a solution to dealing with the reactivity between aluminum and concrete. Proper preparations are crucial in order to prevent buildup and achieve smoother surfaces. Read "Dealing with the Reactivity of Aluminum Forms and Concrete" in the Summer 2018 edition of Concrete Facts magazine!
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Check out Destry's informative article straightaway! If you'd like to see what Nox-Crete can do to help you achieve smooth forms, then contact Destry. You can reach him at DKenning@nox-crete.com or 402-504-9232.
For more information, look for Destry Kenning's article, "Dealing with the Reactivity of Aluminum Forms and Concrete" in the Summer 2018 edition of Concrete Facts magazine. It's part 1 of a 4-part series so stay tuned for more!
Are you seeing veins or worm-like trails on your concrete panels? There's a reason for that. The elemental aluminum present in the aluminum forms is very reactive with the cementitious materials in concrete. Chemical reactions are much stronger than physical reactions and the results are concrete buildup. Additionally, hydrogen gas creates bubbles on the concrete surfaces. As these bubbles migrate upward, they leave these unsightly trails on your panels.
There are ways to prevent these problems. You can try a resinous coating on the aluminum form surface, but there are pros and cons to a heavy coating and a thin coating. Another option is to react the aluminum with something in advance to prevent or minimize further reaction when it comes into contact with the concrete. This process is known as "seasoning". Read the article to see what Kenning has to say about various seasoning methods!