The Big 5 Show Daily – 27 November 2008
Kryton’s self-healing concrete has won a Dubai Municipality certification
VANCOUVER-BASED Kryton International has been leading concrete waterproofing technology and products worldwide for over 30 years. Their integral waterproofing systems turn existing concrete into a waterproof barrier reliably and cost-effectively.
And the Krystol T1/T2 concrete waterproofing treatment is a cost-effective, permanent and reliable alternative to traditional membrane-based systems for the prevention, repair and maintenance of existing concrete structures.
“Our key product, Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) utilises Kryton’s Krystol technology to turn porous concrete into a permanent waterproof barrier,” says Tapan Chattopadhyay, manager for Middle East operations. “When mixed with concrete, Krystol creates a chemical reaction that causes millions of tiny crystals to grow, filling the spaces between concrete particles and permanently blocking the movement of water and waterborne contaminants. It reduces the permeability of concrete, providing permanent waterproof protection for the life of the concrete.”
When cracks form in concrete, Krystol reacts with ingressing water to grow additional crystals, self-sealing the cracks and eliminating the need for costly repairs. This gives the concrete a permanent shelf-life and keeps it protected from corrosion and improves its durability.
The environment-friendly products and technology have been certified by various international bodies, including the Dubai Municipality. It has also been deemed suitable to use in tanks for drinking water.
Kryton products are commonly used in water reservoirs, water treatment plants, aquariums and pools, fountains, subway tunnels, pipelines, bridges and dams.
The company currently operates in over 40 countries around the world, including the Middle East. “We have seen a huge increase in interest in the region as more and more companies and individuals realize how these new concrete systems are replacing the traditional membrane systems,” he says.