Every home needs proper care and maintenance to preserve its value and maintain a comfortable, safe environment for the people living in it. This includes waterproofing to protect the property itself. Waterproofing safeguards the durability and functionality of your home by preventing leaks, mould growth and the pooling of water from occurring. It also eliminates unnecessary moisture on your premises and prevents water from infiltrating the foundations of your home. But with so many waterproofing products on the market, how do you know which one is the most suitable for your needs? Let’s find out.
What are the types of waterproofing and how do they work?
Water-related issues can harm the structure of your property, leading to potential safety issues and a hefty repair bill. So, it’s important to have the right waterproofing solution that can proactively protect your property, solve your existing water-related problems and avoid further damage as well. To help guide you on what to use, we’ve listed some of the most common waterproofing options below:
- Liquid UV Stable Polyurethane Waterproofing Membrane
This kind of waterproofing is often used for rooves of all types, whether they’re flat, pitched or domed, plus retaining walls. Liquid UV Stable Polyurethane Waterproofing products work by applying a monolithic, fully bonded, liquid-based coating to concrete, blockwork, and brick work. Liquid waterproofing can only be applied to a dry substrate (less than 15% moisture content), requires multiple coats of primer, cannot be submerged for prolonged periods, and should be applied using a brush, roller or spray. UV stable Polyurethane liquid membrane is known to be a flexible and durable waterproofing solution. When accounting for the preparation, undercoats and numerous coats of product, it’s more expensive than other options, but its application requires less skill and supervision. However, polyurethane liquid membrane is sensitive to moisture content. If applied onto a moist surface, de-bonding or peeling of the membrane may occur
- Bituminous Sheet Membrane
Also called asphalt coating, bituminous sheet membranes offers an effective protection against water penetration. But while bituminous sheet membranes provide a flexible protective coat to rooves and retaining walls foundations, it’s not suitable for use when the surface is exposed to sunlight, UV rays and extreme temperature.
- Water based Bituminous Membrane
This waterproofing type is widely used for retaining walls. Composed of asphalt, filler and polymers with additional emulsifiers and resins, a bituminous membrane is a self-adhesive waterproofing solution.
- Cementitious Waterproofing
A cementitious waterproofing solution is a great option due to the ease of application, and need to have a wet substrate. Simply mix and apply it with the use of a long-handled brush or spray. Cementitious or cement-based waterproofing products are also affordable because no primer other than water is required. They’re also ideal for DIY waterproofing projects where the cost does not exceed AU $5,000.00, afterwhich a licenced waterproofwer should be employed. At Scientific Waterproofing Products (SWP), we offer an extensive range of cement-based waterproofing products that are made from high-quality raw materials and backed by a 10-year product warranty for all of your repair and maintenance needs.
How do I choose the right waterproofing option for my home?
The right waterproofing solution is crucial to the success of your waterproofing project. Having a quality waterproofing product that will cater to all your waterproofing needs is the first step to getting excellent results. To help you make the right choice, here are some factors you need to consider:
- What kind of water damage does your home have?
For any major repairs, seeking the assistance of an expert waterproofing specialist is recommended. However, if you’ve identified the early signs of a leak or other water-related problems, SWP products are ideal for any DIY home waterproofing project.
- Do you need a permanent solution, a temporary one or a combination of both?
Your waterproofing solution should be able to withstand water both in the short-term and long run. At SWP, we have a complete range of Drizoro products that not only address existing cracks, but also strengthen and waterproof your walls and concrete ceilings too.
- When do you need to apply the waterproofing solution and how much time will it take you to waterproof?
It all depends on the specific waterproofing option. SWP’s Drizoro cement-based waterproofing products don’t have weather or seasonal restrictions when applying them. Backed by our years of waterproofing experience and expertise, we have created waterproofing solutions that can be applied in all conditions, all year round.
- What other preparations must you do beforehand?
Most waterproofing products usually have to be applied to perpetually dry surfaces, however SWP products don’t, they can be used on surfaces that are saturated with water before the application process.
- How much will it cost to waterproof?
Waterproofing products don’t need to be expensive to be effective. At SWP, we have affordable waterproofing solutions made from technically superior materials. Our products also only need water as a primer to help you save time and money. If you want to learn more about our cement-based waterproofing products and how they can solve your home waterproofing needs, you can consult our local Australian waterproofing specialists.
Get the right waterproofing solutions for your home.
Our team at SWP is here to provide you with the right waterproofing for your unique situation. We offer a number of Drizoro cement-based waterproof coatings for all your maintenance or restoration requirements. So, if you’ve got any 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 a list of local Drizoro resellers and applicators here.