Understanding Waterproofing

Waterproofing is the act of installing a moisture impervious barrier on various surfaces of a building, which include the roof, walls and foundation. The barrier can also be placed on other structural surfaces like swimming pools, balconies, water tanks, retaining walls, etc.

Water damage is usually the main cause of most structural damage and that is why waterproofing is necessary. It helps a structure remain stable and eliminates the costs you might bear because of water damage.

Types of Waterproofing Contractors

You might come across two main categories of waterproofing contractors: those who handle commercial waterproofing work and those who offer residential waterproofing services. It is usually recommended to hire commercial waterproofing companies if you are in a commercial setting; residential commercial waterproofing companies might not have the skills, qualifications and experience needed to effectively carry out commercial waterproofing.

On the other hand, for residential waterproofing needs, you can either hire commercial or residential waterproofing contractors. However, keep in mind that commercial waterproofing contractors might require a higher fee.

Different Types of Waterproofing

You should know that there are different methods of waterproofing; the goal is the same, but the mechanism applied differs. Why? Different waterproofing materials are effective for different surfaces. For example, you might mostly come across liquid, membrane and concrete waterproofing.

  • Liquid Waterproofing —This is more suitable for uneven surfaces or irregular surfaces. Since you can use a spray mechanism, you ensure that hard to reach areas are touched by the spray coating. Such surfaces include irregular roofs and walls.
  • Membrane Waterproofing — This might also be referred to as bitumen membrane waterproofing and is suitable for low sloping roofs. There are two main types available: the self-adhesive membrane that is considered weaker and a torch on membrane, which is considered stronger and more durable. The self-adhesive membrane comprises of polymers, asphalt and filler, while the torch on membrane consists of mineral granular aggregate.
  • Concrete Waterproofing — This is mainly used for concrete floors, water and sewerage plants, bridges, tunnels, parking lots, concrete dykes, etc. It is considered the easiest method of waterproofing because you can access the supplies needed from masonry stores and mix them following the instructions provided.

Let a Professional Handle Waterproofing Work

Even though some waterproofing methods might seem easy to DIY, it is recommended to let a professional handle all waterproofing work. Why? The surface needs to be prepared before the application of the waterproofing. If you do not correctly prepare the surface, you might waste your hard-earned money because you might end up doing shoddy work that may need to be repeated by a professional.