Is your business located in a humid or rainy environment? Waterproofing is an essential process to consider. It will protect your building against moisture damage, saving you from costly repairs down the line. Waterproofing will also preserve the structural integrity of your building, improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality and ensure your building meets the existing building codes. Waterproofing involves adding a water-resistant membrane to various sections of your building to make them insusceptible to moisture damage. Waterproofing can be done in several ways, and knowing the difference is crucial. That's because the wrong type of waterproofing can result in defects that could be costly to repair. Therefore, before you install weatherproofing to your commercial building, here are the standard options you should know first.
This is one of the most standard methods used for waterproofing. Generally, it's best suited for concrete structures such as terraces, pavements or footpaths and for internal applications in wet areas such as near the bath. Cementitious waterproofing uses conventional masonry products like cement and sand. These products can also be mixed with chemicals, both organic and inorganic. Acrylic additives may also be used to create a more durable coating. However, you will have to spend more on this.
One of the key advantages of cementitious waterproofing is that it's easy to apply. And since concrete is used, the coating is usually durable. On the downside, however, cementitious waterproofing tends to lack flexibility compared to the other weatherproofing options. It may, therefore, crack with continuous expansion and contraction.
Rubberised Asphalt Weatherproofing
Rubberised asphalt weatherproofing is another option to consider. It's mostly used for waterproofing on roofs. If you're struggling with vegetative materials as a result of your moisture problem, rubberised waterproofing would be the ideal solution. That's because vegetative material won't thrive on rubber. Another advantage that rubberised asphalt waterproofing has over other options is that it's highly flexible.
Compared to cementitious waterproofing, liquid waterproofing is a more practical option. Generally, liquid waterproofing consists of a primer coat and additional topcoats. Usually, a trowel or roller is used to apply the coat. The liquid waterproofing material can also be sprayed to the surface being waterproofed. Liquid waterproofing usually cures into a rubber-like coating. The cured coating has high elongation properties, making it more flexible than its cementitious counterpart. Liquid waterproofing materials also have high UV resistance, which is ideal if you also experience extreme sunny conditions.
Contact a commercial waterproofing company in your area to learn more.