Waterproofing is an important though often overlooked element that is crucial to the structural integrity of your home. In some areas of the house, such as your balcony, roof, walls, basement, swimming pool and bathroom it is often essential to prevent water penetration and leaks.
While it’s impossible to know exactly how much it is going to cost until you get quotes, having a general idea of the costs involved will spare you a shock when the quotes arrive. This article will help you understand:
Why your waterproofing is important
Questions to ask before you hire a waterproofer
How much they may charge
How does waterproofing work?
Waterproofing generally involves the installation of a membrane and/or careful application of sealing products to a surface, usually the wall or floor. Professionals will generally apply or paint a membrane to the area to be waterproofed. Waterproofing membranes are either:
High-performance polyurethane coatings
Thermoplastic propylene rubbers
Polymer bitumen sheeting
In some countries, waterproofing must be carried out by a licensed waterproofer. In others, the waterproofer must provide you with a compliance certificate or statement when they complete the job. This tells you and the authorities that the work complies with the relevant Building Construction Authority (BCA) for waterproofing.
Why is this so important? Some will tell you that if you can paint, you can do your own waterproofing. That’s very misleading, because even a small leak can be all it takes to ruin the whole job. No matter what type of waterproofing you need, contact an expert in the field.
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