OBEX offers a suite of concrete treatment products designed, manufactured and distributed with the express purpose of Making Concrete Better by employing systems that represent Value-Engineered Protection. OBEX is the exclusive source of Creteshield® and Creteseal® branded products which set the industry standard for value-engineered moisture vapor reduction systems over thirty (30) years ago. The OBEX customer-focused support team are amongst the most knowledgeable subject matter experts in the industry. We invite customers to learn more by perusing the OBEX resources page of Technical Bulletins and/or contacting our Business Development or Technical Services Team Members with specific inquiries.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Like many industry-changing products, Creteseal® was the answer to a fundamental change in the concrete slab moisture control market of the 1970s and early 1980s. At that time in the construction industry there was very inconsistent utilization of sub-slab vapor retarders – an industry standard and specification requirement for today’s construction activities. The moisture migration risks inherent to this fact were not a significant concern back then because the industry-standard resilient flooring adhesives used at the time – Cutback/Black Asbestos Mastic – were effective at keeping flooring down despite potential moisture intrusion. Negative-side moisture flooring issue consequences were limited by the nature of the Cutback/Black Asbestos Mastic efficacy.
Fast-forward to 1970s and the elimination of Cutback/Black Asbestos Mastic for environmental and human health concerns. The concrete industry suddenly had to have alternative products and systems effective at limiting negative-side moisture migration in concrete slabs. During this period, expensive, high-VOC, two-part resin epoxies were the most prevalent solution for controlling concrete slab moisture migration that might otherwise damage resilient flooring. That was the case, until Creteseal® revolutionary formulations presented a cost-effective, highly-successful negative-side moisture vapor emission control system. The developers of Creteseal® CS2000™ used innovative chemistry to complement the curing and hydration processes associated with the placement of fresh concrete. The Creteseal® CS2000™ formulation not only reduced the moisture vapor emission rates on newly-poured concrete, but as complimentary features the Creteseal® CS2000™ also hardened and densified the concrete making it more durable. All of this was achieved at a price point – a fact still true today - that dramatically changed the nature of concrete slab moisture vapor emission control. Creteseal® CS2000™ remains one of the most popular and cost-effective product systems available on the market today offering customers peace of mind with respect to the potential for premature resilient flooring failure by including a 15-Year Warranty.