Types of Waterproofing Methods
Popular waterproofing methods:
Waterproofing in any home needs to be flexible, strong, and resistant to the elements. Elastic enough to adopt any shape or form and UV resistant to combat the piercing sunlight. But why adopt waterproofing in a desertic environment? Though the ambience may seem arid at first glance, humidity builds up due to the close proximity to the ocean.
Given Dubai’s coast side, humidity can easily build up and seep into your home. Propitiating plenty of health hazards, humidity can be the source of algae or fungi growth within your home. Waterproofing your home is key to fend off against possible pathogenic organisms that may breed in a humid environment.
Kitchens, bathrooms, and small units require meticulous waterproofing.
Waterproofing methods you can use:
-Liquid Waterproofing Membrane
-Polyurethane Liquid Membrane
Easy to implement whilst your home is under construction. Materials are found in hardware stores, ready to mix and seamlessly apply to internal areas. Due to the nature of the material, it lacks flexibility and UV resistance. Such method can be found in kitchens, toilets, treatment plants, bridges, dams, subways, tunnels, and many more. To identify strategic application areas, you can consult home maintenance experts! We know a few that can help.
Liquid Waterproofing Membrane
The ideal liquid proofing is a double coated primer that adopts a rubbery aspect once dry. Applied with a roller, spray, or trowel it’s flexibility makes it ideal for corners and confined spaces. Highly durable, it safely protects against UV rays and a humid environment. Different grades are available in different hardware stores.
Such methods are highly cost-effective and can be found anywhere. It is also high performance and gives a superior level of encapsulation. Easy and safe application! You can always call an expert for a quick and effective application!
Bituminous Coating Waterproofing
For coatings that are both vapor-proof and flexible, Bituminous Coating is the best option. However, make sure to check the grade and formula of the coating before applying. Certain grades protect your walls against water vapor more than others. Application of this type includes screed wet areas, concrete foundations, and more.
Do note that the its final flexibility will depend on the amount of polymer mixed with the bitumen in a solid form. Another way to look at bituminous coating is asphalt coating.
Properties of this form of coating include great adhesion which lasts for the long term and offers excellent corrosion resistance. Provides a higher waterproof protection when compared to other systems.
An affordable and effective way to protect against UV rays and chemicals!
This popular waterproofing method is ideal for low-sloping roofs. These are torch-on, self adhesive membranes. Compounds include polymers, asphalt, and fillers. Some brands might also have oils and resin to increase adhesion. However, these types of systems have a lower shelf life because the bonding capabilities decrease as time passes.
You’ll find covered and exposed membranes. Exposed types include mineral granular aggregate that has excellent resistance to wear and tear, and it is the most used type.
Features of Bituminous Membrane include resistance to heat, chemicals and punctures. It has very good stability in tension situations, highly flexible and resistant to tears. Resistant to water vapor and pressure is extremely high. It is the best solution for waterproofing your roof.
Polyurethane Liquid Membrane
Used for flat roofs that are often exposed to the elements, this waterproofing system is more expensive than the others. It brings a high amount of flexibility and also has high resistance to significant amounts of moisture. Make sure to apply with care, avoid over moisturizing the surface. You can use this method on various surfaces such as: roofs, terrace, water tanks, parking decks and more!
Waterproofing methods summary:
We hope this article was useful. Whichever type of waterproofing method to use, make sure to read the applications and the type of waterproofing you are going for. For outdoor waterproofing, you might use a different type of system than indoor, and you need to check with experts before purchasing these. You will find any type of waterproofing system in your nearest hardware store.