Wide Array of Products at World of Concrete Offers Solid Solutions and Creative Courses

The 45th edition of the World of Concrete bustled with nearly 54,000 registrants packing the halls and spilling over into the outside exhibit areas at the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 4-7. The annual expo succeeded in being a very strong event for the concrete and masonry industries, featuring 1,310 companies from throughout North America and 29 countries outside the United States — including 255 brand new ones. There were many reveals and new products introduced at 2020 WOC. Trimaco’s Aqua Shield FR was used at the 2020 Decorative Concrete LIVE! exhibit in the Silver Lot across from the entrance to the South Hall. This was just one of the many exhibiting companies demonstrating new products at the show.


Trimaco Aqua Shield

Trimaco floor protection down in front of a hand carved instance of the Concrete Decor Logo.This flame-retardant, reusable floor protection system comes in a signature aqua color that’s hard to miss. It was one of the new products introduced at 2020 WOC. Quick and easy to install, it requires no adhesive to hold it in place except for tape on the perimeter. Extremely durable with embossed tread to increase safety on the job site, Aqua Shield comes in multiple thicknesses up to 40 mil. It’s heavy duty to the max, able to withstand shoveled concrete without showing any wear and tear during construction and is very popular with hospitals and data farms.

www.trimaco.com


Nox-Crete Line of Products

Candidates for a Most Innovative Product (MIP) award, Duro-Nox HS and Duro-Nox HSC from Nox-Crete are hybrid silicates that offer the best of both worlds — a potassium component that creates a sheen that makes the surface “pop” and lithium for a deep penetration that promotes better long-term performance and durability.

The HS (high solid formula) densifier is designed to harden, densify and seal naturally colored concrete that hasn’t been troweled aggressively. It reduces the porosity of concrete surfaces to improve their chemical and stain resistance. The HSC (color formula) contains lower solids and is designed to densify freshly placed hard-troweled concrete, or concrete that’s been integrally colored, dyed or stained. Both formulas work especially well on burnished or polished surfaces including countertops.

Rinsing the water-based densifiers HS and HSC is not necessary because of their chemical makeup. This eliminates the hassle and costs of disposing hazardous rinse water associated with traditional silicate floor hardeners.

www.nox-crete.com


Dewalt SDS Max Combo

 new 60V 1-3/4-inch SDS Max Combination Hammer by DeWaltWith the addition of the new 60V 1-3/4-inch SDS Max Combination Hammer, DeWalt now boasts the largest offering of cordless rotary hammer combos in the construction industry. The tool is equipped with constant speed control which allows it to maintain rpm regardless of bit size or depth, as well as a variable speed dial for accurate hole starting and controlled chipping. The 15-pound hammer also has wireless tool control so users can pair it with a dust extractor that automatically turns on and off in synch with the hammer.

www.dewalt.com


Wagner Meters Data Grabber

The Rapid RH L6 system by Wagner MetersWagner Meters has marked its newest achievements with an eye-catching color change … so it’s out with the orange and in with the green on all models going forward. The Rapid RH L6 system, an enhanced version of its popular predecessor that received an MIP award as the industry choice in the Business Tools & Technology category, has further simplified the concrete moisture testing process while incorporating advanced technology that makes reporting faster, easier and even more reliable.

The new DataGrabber, a self-contained device that fits inside the L6’s smart sensor, will engage the sensor to store up to 512 time-stamped concrete temperature and relative humidity readings at set times. The automated data logger comes in a Bluetooth version for wireless control.

www.wagnermeters.com


Rich Sanders of Clemons Concrete Coatings reports that people are more educated about the benefits of concrete sealers and are requesting them more because they want to protect their investments. Many are leaning toward penetrating hybrid sealers such as Supreme Shield that enhances the color of the concrete without forming a film and penetrating sealers made with silane and siloxane.

These include the water-based SuperSeal M that protects from salt and freeze/thaw damage. It uses water-repelling properties or Super Sealer S10, a solvent-based water repellent that offers similar protection. Both of the latter products offer invisible protection that doesn’t alter concrete’s natural appearance.

www.clemonsconcretecoatings.com


Aqix from Collomix

The Aqix from Collomix. This was one of the new products introduced at 2020 WOC.When precision is paramount, the Aqix from Collomix can guarantee you’ll achieve the right water ratio for all your mixes. With the push of a button, the water-dosing device automatically measures quarts, gallons and liters to an accuracy of .1 of the set amount and cuts off when not in use. It attaches to a hose, hooks to a bucket and runs off two AA batteries, which typically last a full year with regular use. The idea is so simple you’ve got to wonder why this automatic shut-off tool wasn’t invented sooner.

www.collomix.us


Salt Protector Plus by TK Products

To extend the life of concrete in coastal communities as well as areas prone to freeze/thaw cycles, the Salt Protector Plus line of sealers from TK Products deeply penetrates the concrete surface and forms a barrier that repels salt and waterTo extend the life of concrete in coastal communities as well as areas prone to freeze/thaw cycles, the Salt Protector Plus line of sealers from TK Products deeply penetrates the concrete surface and forms a barrier that repels salt and water, as evidenced by its incredible water-beading action. It’s designed to protect the cement matrix in a variety of surfaces with formulations available for DOT, commercial and residential applications. Salt Protector Plus doesn’t deter slip resistance, has no gloss and doesn’t have to be removed if the surface is recoated. In fact, its presence promotes adhesion with other topical sealers and coatings.

www.tkproducts.com


Makinex Construction Products “The Beast”

a 23kw dual-phase 480V generator equipped to run a three-phase and single-phase piece of equipment by MakinexDuring the show Makinex Construction Products unleashed the Beast, a 23kw dual-phase 480V generator equipped to run a three-phase and single-phase piece of equipment such as a grinder and a vacuum at the same time. Made in the USA, the Beast is one-third the size and weight of comparable generators. It easily fits in an equipment trailer or truck, as well as through a standard doorway. One tank of gas lasts about 10 hours. The Beast was the industry choice for an MIP award for General Construction Tools & Equipment.

www.makinex.com


SkudoBoard Column Guard and more

SkudoBoard Column Guard is a flexible version of SkudoBoard designed specifically for columns  Skudo All-Terrain Mat provides an extremely durable traffic path for walkways on loose ground outside construction trailers to keep the mud-tracking down. This was a new product introduced at 2020 WOCAnother MIP contestant, SkudoBoard Column Guard is a flexible version of SkudoBoard designed specifically for columns and pillars that’s highly impact resistant, stays in place and won’t unravel. The reusable synthetic guard is much lighter and more convenient to use than cumbersome Masonite or plywood. It protects the columns from everything from splatters and scuff marks to forklifts and carts.

Also high in the rugged department, Skudo All-Terrain Mat provides an extremely durable traffic path for walkways on loose ground outside construction trailers to keep the mud-tracking down. In our case, it was a perfect product to create a safe walkway for this year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE!

www.skudousa.com


Imer Mix 120 Plus

The Imer Mix 120 Plus, a very portable vertical shaft mixerThe Imer Mix 120 Plus, a very portable vertical shaft mixer, was an indispensable addition to this year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE and another of the new products introduced at 2020 WOC! Fitted with an I-Dust grate vacuum attached to the lid that pulls the dust downward into the container, it can be used to mix concrete, mortar, stucco, grout and dry-pack cement. Fast and furious, it can make a wheelbarrow full of any of those products every 3 minutes.

The mixer is not only extremely easy to use but also easy to maneuver. It can be pulled around like a cart on four wheels or tilted and pushed on two. And if it ever needs to be lifted into place by a crane, it’s outfitted with lift hooks.

www.imerusa.com


Ecoscape Pavement

Ecoscape, a pavement that’s touted to be climate smart, is an environ­mentally responsible covering that has so many good things in its plus column.Ecoscape, a pavement that’s touted to be climate smart, is an environ­mentally responsible covering that has so many good things in its plus column. It reduces CO2 emissions, conserves water, helps replenish groundwater and uses less cement than traditional concrete. Using a patent-pending system, contractors can make and install aesthetically pleasing hardscapes on-site.

The process involves installing a layer of rock to store water and topping it with a layer of smaller aggregate. That aggregate is sprayed with a cementitious slurry to form permeable concrete. After the slurry has been applied, Ecoscape+ is used for the decorative finish, which is available in 28 colors. You can score, stamp or further color the integrally colored hardscape. It is for use on driveways, patios, sidewalks and parks. It not only reduces water runoff but it also retain water on-site.

www.ecoscapepavement.com


Sealboss 1640 Slablifter

SealBoss 1640 SlabLifter. Another of the new products introduced at 2020 WOC.Instead of a trailer-sized jacking system to fix uneven driveways, porches or patios plagued with eroding substrates, contractors can use the innovative SealBoss 1640 SlabLifter to get the job done at a fraction of the price. The polyurethane slab-lifting system is designed for small to medium-sized jobs. A crew drills predetermined holes in the slab. That crew then pumps the structural foam into them until the slab is level again. Use the special two-component material with an SLP-2C pump, or suitcase pump. It will react when dispensed and fully cure in three to five minutes. Sealboss offers training for this technique commonly referred to as foam or poly jacking.

www.sealboss.com


Quikrete Trowel Grade Re-Cap

Quikrete introduced a trowel-grade version of its popular Re-Cap materialOne of the new products introduced at 2020 WOC was Quikrete’s trowel-grade version of its popular Re-Cap material, a blend of portland cement, sand, polymers and other proprietary additives that can be used to repair spalled, cracked or pitted concrete surfaces from 1/16 inch to 1/2 inch. Trowel Grade Re-Cap has a bond strength four times greater than the concrete itself.  This ensures that the concrete substrate will fracture before the bond breaks. You can walk on repaired surfaces in 3 hours. You can drive on them in 24. While Re-Cap finishes hard and smooth. It can also provide a skid-resistant surface by dragging a broom or brush over the surface.

www.quikrete.com


Viper II by ISI Building Products

ISI Building Products’ Viper II, an under-slab vapor barrier that blocks moisture migration and soil gas threats in commercial and residential applications. This was a new product introduced at 2020 WOCTo protect the parking lot underneath the Decorative Concrete LIVE! exhibit during the 2020 World of Concrete, volunteers first laid down a layer of ISI Building Products’ Viper II. Viper II is an under-slab vapor barrier that blocks moisture migration and soil gas threats in commercial and residential applications. ISI Building Products makes Viper II with virgin resin to contribute to long-term stability. It also prevents it from breaking down when buried below the slab. It is engineered with superior resistance against punctures, tears and water vapor.

www.isibp.com


Superabrasive Power Trowel

115-volt grinders by Superabrasivesthe Lavina propane-driven LP36 power trowelSuperabrasive’s hottest item on display this year was its first power trowel, the Lavina propane-driven LP36. Equipped with the Trowel Shine system for grinding and polishing, the 6-foot ride-on trowel features a continuously variable transmission. This provides optimum torque and speed during all phases of the finishing process.

Also debuted from the company’s Elite Series were two new 115-volt grinders — L14E and L16E. L14E is a 13.2-inch single-head variable speed grinder, and L16E has forced planetary drive with three 7-inch heads. Both machines are very light and compact. They can be easily folded or separated in two pieces for transportation and storage.

www.superabrasive.com


Kraft Tool’s Elite Series

Kraft Tool’s Elite Series was the Fat Cat Mag Hand FloatOne of the new products introduced at 2020 WOC tools at the show from Kraft Tool’s Elite Series was the Fat Cat Mag Hand Float. Made from an extra-tough extruded magnesium alloy, it is the widest blade Kraft Tool offers, with the largest radius. Each float arrives “broken in” and ready to use. Its cork handle not only ensures a secure grip but also helps wick moisture away while working.

www.krafttool.com


Convergent Concrete Technologies

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Convergent Concrete Technologies was out in force displaying its eco-friendly products. These products include Pentra-Cure (MH), a hardener, densifier and curing compound rolled into one. With only one application, this lithium-based treatment provides long-term protection against heavy wear by creating an abrasion-resistant surface.

The product enhances the surface’s natural appearance and adds a natural sheen.

www.convergentconcrete.com


New Grind Rhino RL500

One of the new products introduced at 2020 WOC was the mutihead Rhino RL500 Grinder from New GrindSpecifically designed to be compact in form yet powerful in performance, the mutihead Rhino RL500 Grinder from New Grind was a welcome addition to the lineup of machines used during this year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE and yet another of the new products introduced at 2020 WOC! The electric machine’s sleek design with its 20-inch footprint and multiarticulating handle make transport easy. Grinding is also possible in tight spaces within 1/8 inch from walls. To increase the 10 HP, 500-pound machine’s production rate, up to 360 pounds of standard Olympic weights can be added onto built-in posts. The weights are also available as an accessory.

www.newgrind.com

Designed for architects, builders, students and engineers, this set of mini insulating concrete forms are 1/8 the size of the real thing.

Legos look out!

Builders of all ages can’t seem to get enough of Fox Blocks intriguing block set. This block set is designed for architects, builders, students and engineers. The mini insulating concrete forms are 1/8 the size of the real thing. The set comes with 98 blocks, 42 corners and 56 straights.

Manufactured by Airlite Plastics Co., Fox Blocks makes the indoor environment more comfortable for its inhabitants by eliminating moisture intrusion. They are also good for controlling better air flow, aiding in more accurate climate control and blocking out unwanted noise. Both inside and outside, a wide array of decorative concrete treatments can finish ICFs, as demonstrated at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

www.foxblocks.com

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