Xypex is a non-toxic chemical treatment for the waterproofing and protection of concrete.
Its primary and most distinguishing performance feature is its unique ability to generate a non-soluble crystalline formation deep within the pores and capillary tracts of the concrete; a crystalline structure that permanently seals the concrete against the penetration of water and other liquids from any direction.
Xypex Crystalline Technology was developed in Vancouver in 1969. Since then, in both hemispheres, in every climatic challenge, and in widely varying construction situations, the technology has been tested and proven.
In more than 90 countries, the proprietary crystalline waterproofing products of Xypex Chemical Corporation are stocked, sold and supported by a worldwide network of distributors and licensees such as SMR Projects Ltd.
It has been over 50 years since Xypex Chemical Corporation first coined the phrase “Concrete Waterproofing by Crystallization”, a statement and concept that represented a radical departure from traditional surface-reliant barrier products of the day.
Pursuing an entirely new path, Xypex developed a unique technology that takes advantage of the natural and porous characteristics of concrete. With water as the catalyst, Xypex’s proprietary chemicals react with the natural by-products of cement hydration (calcium hydroxide, mineral salts, mineral oxides, and un-hydrated and partially hydrated cement particles), forming a non- soluble crystalline structure within the interconnected pores and other voids in concrete. In this way, the crystalline structure becomes a permanent, integral part of the concrete matrix itself, preventing the ingress of water and other liquids even under strong hydrostatic pressure, and providing protection against harsh, aggressive environments.
Since the introduction of Xypex, tens of thousands of concrete structures around the world have been waterproofed and protected with this unique crystalline technology and, over the years, extensive research, testing and performance success have furthered the awareness, understanding and confidence in Xypex, earning both the technology and the company an enviable reputation as the world standard in crystalline waterproofing.
Using the high-power imaging capability of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), we display visual evidence that clearly differentiates Xypex from all other products in the waterproofing admixtures category. SEM is a technique whereby a precise photographic image of a microstructure is produced by scanning it with a focused beam of electrons. Extremely high degrees of magnification can be attained and, at x500 magnification, Xypex crystalline formations at work can be seen.
Our SEM images show conclusively that the many and varied Xypex non- soluble crystalline structures formed within the concrete are unique, and truly have … NO EQUAL.”