Planter boxes serve as home to your plants, flowers and trees so that they can grow beautifully on the premises of your property.
Since planter boxes protect your plants, it’s also important to keep them in good condition. Waterproofing is an ideal way to maintain planter boxes and ensure they remain durable against mould, mildew, rust and other harmful external factors – all while keeping your plants healthy.
However, with all the waterproofing products on the market, how do you know which ones to use? What waterproofing solutions are suitable not only for your planter boxes but for your plants as well?
Read on to find out.
Why is it important to choose the right waterproofing products?
In our previous blog, how to protect your planter boxes with waterproofing, we discussed the key benefits of waterproofing planter boxes.
By retaining the necessary amount of water, planter box waterproofing plays a crucial role in extending the lives of both planter boxes and the plants that grow inside them. Waterproofing solutions also prevent leaks that can be damaging to surrounding surfaces.
However, to get excellent results from waterproofing, you must first make a smart choice as to what products to use. Remember: they should be able to address your specific waterproofing needs while also being high quality.
So, to help you select the appropriate waterproofing solutions for your planter boxes, we’ve compiled the top factors you need to consider.
3 factors to consider when selecting waterproofing products for your planter boxes
Polyurethane, bitumen and sheet membranes are the typical waterproofing materials you’ll see in hardware retail stores and convenience shops.
The question is: are they the best waterproofing options for your planter boxes? Or are there alternative waterproofing solutions that offer more advantages?
Here are 3 factors to keep in mind when choosing the right waterproofing products:
- Ease of application
Most waterproofing products require lots of preparation beforehand. For instance, they must be applied on completely dry surfaces and a store-bought primer is needed prior to their application.
At Scientific Waterproofing Products (SWP), we offer a complete range of Drizoro concrete waterproofing solutions that are convenient to use, especially if you’re time-poor and doing a DIY waterproofing project.
With our products, you only need to clean the surfaces of your planter boxes and use just water as a primer – easy. Our products also work well with wet substrates and surfaces to enable you to smoothly proceed to waterproofing.
- Ability to protect and nurture plants
Waterproofing products should allow your plants to flourish. So, you must look for waterproofing solutions that can repel root growth without killing your plants inside the planter boxes.
Fortunately, you can always rely on our Drizoro waterproofing products to achieve this. Our waterproofing membranes become part of the planter box’s substrate once applied. As a result, the fine roots of plants cannot grow and expand between the membrane and the substrate. Even without a root barrier, our waterproofing products ensure that the membrane wouldn’t detach from the substrate over time.
This helps you preserve the overall look of your planter boxes while also letting your plants thrive.
- Cost savings and time efficiency
You must look for waterproofing products that will keep your planter boxes functional and long-lasting to avoid wasting time, money and energy.
Unlike polyurethane, bitumen and sheet membranes, Drizoro waterproofing will not dissolve, delaminate or come apart at the joints – even when the surface is permanently underwater, as is often the case on the unseen bottom of a planter box.
So, while it’s tempting to buy cheaper waterproofing products, you’re actually saving more by buying high-quality products from a brand backed by years of waterproofing experience and expertise.
Are you ready to waterproof your planter boxes?
We understand that you are looking for DIY waterproofing solutions that satisfy all three factors we’ve mentioned.
Here’s how you can use them to protect your planter boxes and everything that grows in them:
- Prepare the area to be treated by removing any loose materials, ensuring a clean and sound surface.
- Any damage to the surface should be repaired using MAXREST.
- Any missing mortar can be replaced with either MAXREST or MAXJOINT ELASTIC.
- Thoroughly wet the entire surface before applying the coating.
- Brush and apply two coats of MAXSEAL FLEX or MAXSEAL FLEX M, ensuring that the surface is soaking wet when applying the Drizoro product
- Embed MAXMESH across cold joints between the 1st and 2nd coats to provide extra strength.
- After the 2nd coat has been applied, leave for 4-5 days before filling the planter box.
If you’d like more guidance on the best waterproofing products to use for planter boxes, speak to us.
Get the best waterproofing solutions for your planter boxes
As your local Australian waterproofing specialists, our team is here to provide you with the right waterproofing products for your unique situation. We offer a wide range of Drizoro cement-based waterproof coatings for all of your maintenance, repair and restoration requirements.
If you’ve got other questions or issues around waterproofing, or you’d like to find out which product is best for your needs, contact us today.
You can also check out our list of local Drizoro resellers and applicators here.
As always, SWP is committed to providing the right waterproofing solution for any water-related problem or application.