New Product Review – NextGel
Almost no dust, no haze and faster installation are promised by Techniseal for NextGel joint sand stabilizer. After introducing polymeric sand to the market over 15 years ago, Techniseal brings a significant improvement after embarking on upgrading its stabilizer products some five years ago. Jointing sand stabilizer was invented to accelerate interlock while preventing sand loss from runoff and wind, as well as discouraging ants and weeds.
Dust from some jointing sand stabilizers requires a lengthy cleanup, and if not done properly, results in an ugly, hard-to-remove haze on pavers. “The guys who are in a hurry to get to the next job don’t sweep exactly as they should, don’t use the leaf blower, and didn’t wait until the paver surface dried enough. Then you’ve got a missed hit,” says Al Dorais, Techniseal’s president. To minimize dust, Techniseal created a heavier, more homogeneous particle size. This reduces the smallest particles that caused dust and haze. “The smallest particles embed into a paver surface, so the trick was to create much bigger particles while still stabilizing all of them,” says Mr. Dorais.
The larger particles in NextGel also allow water to flow more easily and evenly to activate the polymer stabilizer down to the bottom of the joints. This makes the wetting process 50 percent faster, according to Techniseal. The combination of reduced dust, no haze and a speedier wetting process promises a faster installation time overall. Assuming a 1000 sf installation, Techniseal estimates that NextGel will save about 70 minutes on installation time compared to competitors’ products. Multiply this by the annual area of projects, and the efficiencies could be significant, not to mention reducing callback time and income losses to clean up surface haze.