Waterproofing Design & Installation Guides & References

Waterproofing is the process of making an object or structure waterproof or water-resistant so that it remains relatively unaffected by water or resisting the ingress of water under specified conditions. 

When selecting a waterproofing system, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Fixing waterproofing defects is painstakingly painful, very involving, extremely disruptive, and cost prohibitive typically far exceeding the initial cost of the waterproofing system supply and installation.

As a designer or installer, you only have one chance to properly design and install waterproofing and as such it is always better to be conservative. It is imperative that you take the time to research, design and install the right waterproofing system and ensure all waterproofing issues are properly addressed, with site-specific issues and building requirements in mind. Below is a brief description of waterproofing design, products, systems, methods, and installation guides and references including Butyl Rubber Waterproofing, Seamless Liquid Waterproofing, Butyl Rubber Tanking, Seamless Liquid Tanking, and Torch-On Bitumen Waterproofing.

Bathroom Waterproofing

Bathroom waterproofing is one of the most important aspects of waterproofing in any home. A typical shower receives large quantities of water on a daily basis. Any failure of bathroom waterproofing, especially in a shower cubicle, can cause catastrophic and costly damage. Repairs can be very expensive as often the entire bathroom will need to be rebuilt to fix the smallest problem.

Products, Systems & Methods for Bathroom Waterproofing include:

  • Butyl Rubber Waterproofing
  • Seamless Liquid Waterproofing

Balcony Waterproofing

Balcony waterproofing is one of the most common failures in domestic waterproofing alongside bathrooms, both of which are exceedingly expensive to fix.  You really only get one chance to get it right the first time as fixing a problem at a later date requires removal of the trafficable surface. As with any works, balcony waterproofing requires a well prepared, strong, and stable substrate.  This substrate can vary from system to system, but a good rule of thumb is to provide a finish that you would be willing to tile over without the addition of any waterproofing.

Products, Systems & Methods for Bathroom Waterproofing include:

  • Butyl Rubber Waterproofing
  • Seamless Liquid Waterproofing

Tanking Basements & Retaining Walls

Basement & retaining wall waterproofing, commonly called below ground tanking, can present a huge number of challenges requiring very careful selection of not only the waterproofing system used, but the entire drainage system as well. Tanking of basements & retaining walls should only ever be considered a last line of defence when all other systems have failed. The choice of material used is often determined by the space available behind the wall. The more space available, the more materials are available to choose from. Drainage & protection requirements are also determined by the soil & fill types. In cases of basement tanking where there is a high-water table, it is always advisable to tank below the slab as well as the walls.

Products, Systems & Methods for Tanking Basements & Retaining Walls Waterproofing include:

  • Butyl Rubber Tanking
  • Seamless Liquid Tanking
  • Torch-on & Self-Adhesive Bitumen

Roof Waterproofing

When most people think of roof waterproofing, they think of a flat roof. Flat roof waterproofing is where roof membranes are most commonly used, however, there is more to roof waterproofing than just flat roof waterproofing. The use of membranes for roof waterproofing gives you flexibility which cannot be easily achieved by other methods. With roof waterproofing, you can incorporate angles and curves, vertical and horizontal planes, virtually anything you can dream up.

Membrane roofs also do not need to be seamless or straight. By utilising butyl rubber or bitumen sheet membranes the seams can be used to create a feature, drawing the eye to a specific spot, or coming together at a particular point. They can also be cut to shape to create any look and feel. Membrane roofs can also be light weight. The membranes used for roof waterproofing are inherently light weight. By using light weight construction methods, you can achieve a truly light weight construction. Waterproofing roofs with a membrane system allow you the greatest flexibility to create the design you want and be safe in the knowledge that it will stand the test of time.

Products, Systems & Methods for Roof Waterproofing include:

  • Butyl Rubber Waterproofing
  • Torch-On Bitumen Waterproofing
  • Seamless Liquid Waterproofing

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Information provided in the text above is general in nature and does not consider your specific Waterproofing needs and requirements. The information is not professional advice and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information in the text above as an alternative to professional advice. If you have specific questions relating to this subject, we strongly recommend that you seek independent professional Waterproofing advice for all the relevant information and requirements.