Liquid waterproofing, or liquid-applied waterproof membranes are a great way to protect building from unwanted rain or other forms of moisture. When applied correctly, it will conform to any shape or configuration, effectively isolating the roof, wall or cement floor where standing water might be present. Liquid waterproofing forms a bond with the material it is applied to, creating an elastic surface that is protective and long lasting.
Benefits of Liquid Waterproofing
Liquid waterproofing has multiple benefits for the user, whether you are a project manager of a large construction project or a homeowner with a water problem in your home.
- Liquid waterproofing can extend the life of an existing roof as well as other parts of a building.
- Can be used as an alternative to traditional flashing systems on complicated roof geometries.
- Liquid waterproofing offers exceptional long life and durability at a minimal cost when compared to other types of waterproofing materials or systems.
- Can be applied to vertical as well as horizontal surfaces.
- Liquid waterproofing is designed to function in all temperature extremes without developing cracks or shrinking, making it appropriate for both above and below grade applications.
- Liquid waterproofing is environmentally friendly and has a very low VOC or volatile organic compound content. It can be applied inside or outside of buildings, as it emits very little or no detectable odor.
- It is relatively easy and simple to apply so even the do it yourself homeowner can use liquid waterproofing products successfully.
- It is resistant to chemicals as well as abrasion, so it wears well and lasts a long time.
- When necessary, liquid waterproofing can be repaired or renewed with another application.
Application of Liquid Waterproofing
Liquid waterproofing can be found in a wide range of applications.
- Many bridges have liquid waterproofing applied in areas of the bridge that may be subject to extended periods of standing water, ensuring that corrosion is kept to a minimum and length of service is maximized.
- Parking decks and other types of commercial structures such a tunnels where water infiltration can be a problem.
- Office buildings, schools, hospitals and many other large buildings will often have liquid waterproofing applied on roofs, in swimming pools and other parts of the building where it is important to isolate moisture from areas of the structure.
- Patios and other areas that are exposed to the elements will benefit from the elastomeric, waterproof membrane formed when liquid waterproofing is applied.
- Sidewalks, driveways and other exposed surfaces that have developed cracks can be resealed with an application of a high quality liquid waterproofing product.