New Architectural Enhancements items strengthen product line

A batch of new decorative concrete products from Architectural Enhancements Inc. includes patch material, a countertop mix, a plasticizer additive and a microfilament additive. The microfilament additive, called Invisifiber, is imported from Japan. Because its fibers are less than a quarter inch long, the additive offers many more separated microfilaments per unit of weight than does the traditional version. The shorter length of the microfilaments makes them almost impossible to see in a mix, while the greater number of filaments per measure means more fibers to interlock. A new patch material called Tru-Patch boasts a mix that includes the Japanese microfilament and a generous portion of polymers. Its makeup allows it to be installed full-depth in one application with no shrinkage cracks between the original concrete and patch. This material serves as both patch and overlay. Another new product, Tru-Top, is a self-leveling countertop overlayment mix. When poured onto a mesh or concrete board backing, the stampable, stainable result looks like a full-pour concrete countertop. The mix also comes in an “ultrasmooth” mix that leaves a burnishable surface similar to one that has been power-troweled. Finally, the company has debuted Truflow, a plasticizer-polymer additive for countertops that adds strength and slows cure time to increase workability. For more information, visit www.decorativeover

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