Waterproofing is an essential element of all aspects of building design and construction.
Water ingress accounts for a large percentage of building envelope failures and will usually require expensive repairs and remedial action.
Waterproof membranes are a critical part of residential house and commercial building practices whether you’re trying to stop water from escaping from a swimming pool or need to prevent the passage of water into walls and habitable areas.
Waterproofing membranes are typically found in the following:
- Foundations and retaining walls
- Bathrooms, wet areas, & pools
- External walls, balconies & terraces
- Roof decks and plant room floors
- Car park docks and lift pits
Australia’s climate, with its torrential downpours and high humidity, as well as rising sea levels and increasing flooding events means that installing adequate waterproofing membranes is essential.
Water ingress can rot timber framing and flooring, rust pipes, crack concrete, undermine foundations and create dangerous mould problems.
Adequate waterproofing layers keep your buildings safe and dry and lower your heating bills as well.
Waterproof membranes also play a vital role in restoration and repair projects. Heritage buildings and homes may be at risk from water damage due to poor design and changes in ground water levels.
Slumping foundations, damp basements, and mould are common signs of a water issue that needs attention.
There is a vast range of waterproof membranes available; some are multipurpose whilst others are designed for highly specific applications.
Use this guide to explore the range of waterproof membranes that we can supply.
Wet areas such as bathrooms, showers and laundries can be a real challenge for ensuring timber framing & flooring, insulation materials, electrical wiring and internal cladding materials are not exposed to damaging water ingress.
The risks of water ingress with standard acrylic tray and wall showers is significant in its own right but becomes even more important if you wish to install a wet area shower.
Even small amounts of moisture can damage some flooring products, in particular the particle board type, leading to swelling, popped joints and nails/ screws and eventually the complete degradation of the material.
A waterproof membrane is essential in wet areas both for floors and walls. Coverings such as tiles or vinyl do not provide an adequate level of protection by themselves.
Only a recommended waterproof membrane can give you real peace of mind.
See our range of suggested products for bathroom & shower water proofing applications: