LandScapes is perfect for your landscape

As Mar-flex Waterproofing & Building Products unpacks their gear at this year’s National Hardware Show in Las Vegas CEO and founder Brett Oakley can hardly wait to showcase some of our amazing products. Among this year’s offerings is the patented LandScapes Window Well and it’s being offered to lumber suppliers for the very first time at this years show. LandScapes is the first manufactured well made from polyethylene with a maintenance free bottom and drain. The amazing technology is as beautiful for your home’s landscape as it is practical. The LandScapes Window Well is a maintenance free product that’s both easy to install and the perfect compliment to any home. If you’re in Vegas for the show be sure to stop by booth 4948 to take advantage of our exclusive LandScapes Spring Break and save 20% off each skid. Stop by our booth and ask for your PIN.

Twip of the Day – Basement Windows

Have your basement windows been leaking? Adding a window well solution can improve protection against water damage and seepage from the outside. Windows which are installed below grade, or partially below grade can act like cisterns during heavy storms, allowing water to seep in around frames and below windows. This can quickly flood a basement. Any window below grade or partially below grade needs to be protected by plastic window wells, this prevents rusting or denting. Any window well chosen to protect your basement should also come with a drain, to protect your investment, and should be filled with gravel or another material to permit good drainage. Many window wells also come with covers to protect the well itself, and add extra protection against water seepage. Mar-Flex offers several window well solutions, including drain kits, allowing for ease of installation and durability far into the future.

Mar-Flex Has Arrived At the National Hardware Show

The National Hardware Show is a widely popular convention held annually by Reed Exhibitions in Las Vegas. It is a housing after-market show whose goal is to bring together manufacturers and resellers of products used to remodel, repair, maintain, and decorate homes and gardens. This year, the show is featuring over 150 different product categories, making for a comprehensive showing.

Mar-Flex will be attending the show, find us at booth 4948. We’ll be featuring the Landscape No-Maintenance Window Wells™ for a special convention-only savings. These window wells don’t rust or dent like metal window wells, they install easily with no extra specialty hardware required, and include a drain kit, to protect your basement. Also featured at this year’s show is the Single Use Concrete Repair Kit, one of the most popular do-it-yourself concrete repair solutions in the industry. Geo-Mat Plus, a landmark drainage board built from 100% post-consumer recycled content, is also featured this year, as well as the Fusion UV waterproofing membrane, setting industry standards for quality and durability. Mar-Flex will also be showing the SurfiSeal Concrete and Brick Sealer, which is a ready-to-use water-based emulsion of siloxane that penetrates into concrete or masonry to provide long term weatherproofing protection at excellent value.

Visit us at booth 4948 to view some of our prestigious offerings.


Spring Landscape Cleaning Could Prevent Basement Moisture

Springtime in this hemisphere means new growth, beautiful flowers and all of the benefits that you enjoy from working so hard on your landscaping throughout the year. But did you know that your landscaping could be a potential cause for leaks and dampness in your basement?

Shrubbery, bushes and other plantings around your foundation can cause problems with ventilation for both the soil and foundation walls. An easy fix for the potential problem is quite simple. Be sure this time of year to trim heavy growth back so that the soil around your foundation gets the proper sunlight and therefore provides for quicker soil dry time after Spring rains. When digging up old plants or prepping for new annuals be sure to clear away any building debris including pieces of masonry, mortar or other building products oft times buried near the house during the original excavation process.


Vortex, a One Stop Solution to Foundation Airflow Problems

Mar-Flex Waterproofing and Building Products presents the Vortex™ telescopic vent system. Today’s homeowner may not know how much energy they are losing in the winter by having the old one-size-fits all solutions of the past. Mar-Flex has made it easy by introducing a new telescopic vent system. The Vortex™comes in two sizes, the first for five, six, or seven inch foundation wall openings, and the second for eight, nine, and ten inch foundation openings. Mar-Flex has placed a revolutionary new turnbuckle adjuster to each side of the vent, allowing for ease of installation, while simultaneously reducing inventory and storage headaches. There’s no longer a need to keep dozens of odd-sized vents around. Vortex™adjusts to the inch allocations of each model. It is also one of the only vent systems with variable air flow control to let homeowners manually adjust their air flow as needed. This saves on energy costs, allowing the homeowner to close off the vents in the winter, or as needed. When air circulation is a priority in the home, choose a vent system that not only the customer can control, but also allows for ease of installation, like the Vortex™ vent system.


Twip of the Day – Gutters and Downspouts

Problem: Defective, clogged, or nonexistent gutters and downspouts allow roof water to form puddles, or wet the soil near or against basement walls, and enter through cracks or openings in the masonry.

Solution: Install gutters and wherever needed. Keep them free of debris. Where leaves and twigs from nearby trees may collect in a gutter, install a basket-shaped wire strainer over the downspout outlet or place screening across the length of the gutter. Repair gutters and downspouts as soon as the need appears.

To prevent concentration of water at the point of discharge, use a concrete gutter or splash block to carry the water away at a slope of one inch per foot. Also, consider extending downspouts from rain gutters away from the outside foundation. Roof water can also be piped underground to a storm drain, dry well, or surface outlet, fifteen feet or more from the house.


Mar-Flex Secures New Warehouse

Mar-flex Waterproofing and Building Products CEO Brett Oakley closed on the company’s new warehouse this afternoon. The new digs, located in Carlisle, Ohio, will act as a temporary facility over the next year and puts the new distribution center at a better proximity to both I-75 as well as a variety of state routes. The city of Carlisle offered Mar-flex a variety of attractive incentives to relocate the entire operation but as of late Oakley has not made a formal decision regarding the offer.

Mar-flex will begin moving into the new temporary warehouse within the next month.


Mar-flex Launches Green Initiative in Light of Nuclear Tragedy


Mar-flex Waterproofing and Building Products

6866 Chrisman Lane

Middletown, Ohio 45042

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For further information contact:

Brett Oakley 1.800.498.1411

For a decade, the building products industry has utilized the theory that any building product with at least 10% reconstituted or recycled materials received a “Green” designation. Mar-flex Waterproofing & Building Products CEO Brett Oakley, who has worked for more than 20 years to bring 100% recycled products to the building industry, has had enough. “From this moment on, we are only committed to bringing environmentally-safe, sustainable, green building products to market,” Oakley said of the new Mar-flex Green initiative.

The Mar-flex Green initiative will focus on developing an entire line of Green building products that will double current standards and will add to the company’s existing 100% recycled products that include ShockWave and GEO Mat product lines. Mar-flex Waterproofing & Building Products is the only manufacturer in the world to offer 100% recycled waterproofing and building products.

“In light of the nuclear tragedies that we are facing today, it is time to begin seriously looking at how we, as an industry, can help the world to find new sustainable alternatives to energy consumption. As well as viable solutions to not only begin building more energy efficient infrastructure, but how to begin retrofitting existing building inventories across the globe,” Oakley said of the initiative.


Twip of the Day – Waterproofing Basement Tips 1

The cause of a wet or damp basement can be minor, readily apparent, and easily corrected. Here are some probable causes and possible solutions:

Problem:The source of water in the basement can not be identified.

Solution:To determine whether the water is seeping in from the outside or condensing inside, tape a twelve-inch square of aluminum foil to a wall that is prone to dampness, sealing all four sides as airtight as possible. In a day or two, if the side of the foil that was against the wall is wet, the problem is seepage. If the outside is wet, it’s condensation.


The Future of the GREEN Energy Initiative

The unfortunate accident in Japan, at the Daichi Fukushima nuclear reactor, has forced the world to reconsider nuclear power. This has left room for more GREEN solutions to be implemented. Europe, the United States, and even Japan have begun rethinking nuclear energy, and what it can be replaced with.

Monday morning, the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel placed a hold on the lifetime extensions of her country’s nuclear power generators. Germans are beginning to embrace GREEN as a lifestyle choice, eating genetically modified foods, using alternative sources, and focusing on sustainable solutions are all German priorities. The Germans are even proposing a German GREEN New Deal . This would allow the infusion of capital into the renewable energy marketplace, across Europe.

The United States has even reconsidered its nuclear power stance because of the rising danger of nuclear energy. Senator Joe Lieberman proposed on Tuesday morning, a moratorium on new nuclear power plants as well as rethinking the safety standards on older plants. The United States are looking into biofuels from microbes, cold fusion, and many other renewable energy sources. The pledge given by the Obama Administration is to have the country benefitting from renewable energy by 2016, and most of the energy consumption being GREEN energy by 2035.

In the short term, many countries are considering natural gas as a cheap and easy means  of replacing nuclear. In the short future, many countries will be building solar power and wind farms, as evidenced by a sharp increase in foreign companies who manufacture those products stocks this morning. Many countries, including Europe and the United States aim to use totally renewable energy in the long term and throughout the future.