PAVER SEALER-THE EVOLUTION

On early Florida homes, if you looked down, you were either walking on a poured concrete slab or an asphalt surface.  This was due to it's ease of installation, functionality and lower cost.  However, over the years, more asthetically pleasing solutions gave rise to stamped concrete, chattahoochee, clay bricks and various other decorative concrete systems-- but none became as popular as the concrete paver.  Since the 1980s, interlocking brick pavers became the premier hardscape material for driveways, patios, pool decks and commercial applications.

It did not take long to realize that a whole new industry would arise due to the high maintenance requirements of concrete pavers.  Concrete pavers require regular sealing in order to prevent fading, mildew growth, surface wear, staining and marking.  Acrylux recognized the tremendous need for cleaning and sealing products for pavers and launched their line of Colorback products. 

The Colorback Xylene based paver sealer became a staple in the industry for maintenance and beautification.  Acrylux offered a water based version for a more eco-friendly option which was more moisture tolerant but didn't quite match the xylene’s durability.  Acrylux also added cleaners, degreasers and efflorescence removers to the colorback line of products. 

Some of the biggest problems the paver sealer industry had were:  1) Xylene based sealers required a perfectly dry surface or it would blush. 2) A build-up of sealers would cause whitening and eventually have to be stripped.  3)  Having to wait for pavers to dry during the rainy summers hurt the profitability of applicators.  There was still a need in the market place for a water based sealer that would perform equal to Xylene but have the moisture tolerance to clean and seal in the same day.  A solution would have to enhance colors, have good gloss retention, be eco-friendly and be applied over moist surfaces.

Acrylux soon launched its Colorlock line of paver sealers which would solve many of the issues facing the industry.  The two-component chemistry was a departure from what most applicators were used to but the benefits far outweighed the costs.  The two-part paver sealer could be used over wet pavers and be completely unaffected by the moisture.  This allowed the applicators to pressure clean the pavers and seal them all in one day which potentially doubled productivity and profitability. 

The 2-part paver sealer system proved to be beneficial in many more ways because of the urethane base being more UV resistant than acrylic based sealers.  The two part urethane based paver sealers can also be diluted to adjust solids and sheen levels.  These benefits along with others created a true benefit for the applicator and homeowner alike.  Colorlock two-part paver sealer is available at Acrylux and other outlets in the South Florida area.

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Acrylux Paint Manufacturing Co., Inc. was started by the original owner and founder, William C. Riedesel, in 1959.  Prior to that time, Riedesel was a roof painting contractor.  He started painting roofs in 1956, one month after he arrived in South Florida, from Rochester, New York.

At that time, almost all roofs were either not painted or painted with various combinations of cement and lime.  The idea was that lime and cement would gradually shed itself over time while taking the dirt and mildew with it.  "This material didn't work very well" says Riedesel, "because it had poor adhesion and very little resistance to mildew".

"In my search to find a better roof paint, one day, I found an article in one of the paint journals concerning a test made by one of the largest manufacturers of acrylic resin".  The test was based on using 100% acrylic paint on roofs in South Florida.  The results shown were far superior to anything being used at the time".

"Now that I had found the right paint for South Florida, I was still faced with another problem:  The few major brands of acrylic paint on the market were priced so high that the paint costs alone to do a roof was above and beyond the price normally charged to clean and paint a roof.  Consumers were not willing to spend the extra money to have their roofs done in a more efficient longer lasting way."

"This began my search for a means of reducing the cost of labor and materials so that I could give my customers a far superior job than anyone else.  So with this in mind, I began investigating all the different avenues available to me concerning the use of acrylic paint.  After exhausting every avenue, I found that I could keep the costs down by manufacturing my own acrylic paint."

"I started manufacturing paint in 1959 in a small rented area consisting of only 300 square feet behind a steel warehouse in Dania, Florida.  At first, I made paint only for myself, but eventually other painters found that I was not only making superior paint, but the results were excellent.  Not only could I save them money by offering them a reasonable price, but the paint quality was better than anything on the market."

"After three years, I needed more space, so I rented a larger facility by the airport.  Then again in approximately four years the business had outgrown itself.  This time I bought a 5,000 square foot warehouse located near Sears town, just north of Sunrise Boulevard.  Soon after I added another 1,600 square feet to this location only to find that one year later we had already outgrown the addition.  At that time in 1981 I began to look for property for a new modern paint facility".

"In 1982, I began my search for land that was suitable for manufacturing and had easy access to the major highways.  In February, 1983 I found the land that fit my current needs and also had room for growth.  The property was located near I-95 and Cypress Creek Road where we constructed a 12,000 square foot plant including offices and a showroom.  On April 9th 1984 we opened the doors of our new facility".

"Acrylux Paint manufactures not only superior acrylic roof paint, but interior and exterior wall paints, waterproof coatings for roofs and walls, paver sealer, clear roof tile sealer and many other products.  My goal as a paint manufacturer was to make sure the public received quality materials at a reasonable cost."

Acrylux continues to serve the contractor, homeowner and do-it-yourselfer with innovative products at a reasonable price.