Vancouver, B.C. – (May 20, 2009) – Vancouver-based Kryton International Inc. has launched North America’s most comprehensive extended warranty and quality control program for concrete waterproofing construction – The Krystol® Assurance Program™.
The performance warranty guarantees that areas of a structure waterproofed by Kryton will remain watertight for 10 years. It also provides enhanced quality control and project support through consistent onsite supervision, mix design consultation, jointing design review and training for applicators by Kryton representatives.
“Water intrusion and the damage it causes is the number one contributor to a concrete repair industry worth billions of dollars every year,” says Kari Yuers, CEO of Kryton. “Building owners and developers need to manage the risks associated with concrete failure. Partnering with reliable concrete waterproofing experts is one of an owner’s most strategic investments and this program ensures that investment pays off with long term peace of mind.”
The Krystol Assurance Program is distinct from Kryton’s standard warranty. While Kryton’s standard warranty guarantees every product is free from manufacturer defects the Krystol Assurance Program includes services such as on site supervision, inspection, concrete mix design consulting and applicator training. These additional services enable Kryton to offer a performance-based warranty that covers all material and labor required for repair or replacement should leaks occur within the warranty period.
Kryton International is a 36 year old Canadian manufacturing company with global reach. The company developed the world’s first crystalline waterproofing admixture and a patent pending concrete jointing system using the same technology. The Krystol™ Concrete Waterproofing System replaces traditional external membrane systems by transforming porous concrete into an impermeable barrier. The technology works within the concrete through a chemical reaction that causes microscopic, needle-like crystals to grow and fill the naturally occurring pores and capillaries – blocking pathways to harmful water, permanently. Later, if water re-enters the concrete through new cracks or changing water levels the reaction starts again to block incoming water. Even years later.
Dealing with water problems during construction or after occupancy can be a complicated endeavour for building owners or developers. Multiple sub-contractors, tight timelines and lack of attention to details can lead to playing the blame game when water damage occurs.
“The Krystol Assurance Program eliminates fingerpointing and provides peace of mind for property developers.” says Yuers. “We take care of the waterproofing details for them and back it up with a robust warranty. We have the experience and longevity in the concrete waterproofing industry to make this possible.”
Although the Krystol Assurance Program is new, a number of developers have already taken advantage of the program. Developers such as Ledcor, Concord Pacific and Tisman Speyer have benefited from the 10 year warranty in Vancouver’s Wall Centre, Coopers Quay, and The Erickson,as well as San Francisco’s Infinity complex.
All North American projects can be considered for the Krystol Assurance Program. Acceptance into the program is dependant on a review of project specifications, mix design consultation and a mutual committment to work together in following best practices for concrete waterproofing with crystalline technology. The warranty is subject to adhering to Kryton’s Best Practices guide for crystalline waterproofing that incorporates the American Concrete Institute (ACI) guidelines for concrte construction.
Kryton International is the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of products for waterproofing, repairing and protecting concrete structures. For 36 years, Kryton’s proprietary integral crystalline technology has helped solve the most difficult concrete waterproofing challenges around the globe. An extensive distribution network provides dedicated support that includes third-party application training, ready-mix quality control programs and the waterproofing industry’s leading warranty.