Waterproofing products are critical to waterproofing as only when the raw material is up to the mark can any waterproofing procedure work. Waterproofing systems and materials go hand in hand and hence it is crucial to select befitting waterproofing products. Different waterproofing products are used to waterproof different kind of surfaces like balconies, swimming pools, roofs, concrete terraces, floorings, tanks, and foundations with the help of positive and negative pressure.
Innovative and ideal waterproofing products are the ones that provide high performance, are used for multi-purpose applications, lasts for an extended period, have high efficiency, and can be used on different types of supports.
Waterproofing rooftop decks and balconies have become a specialised function for applicators. Waterproofing systems have also become sophisticated and specialised. Common problems resulting in water leakages in homes are failed waterproof polymers, decks, or tiles, which may even result in personal injury or failure.
Ideal are technologically ahead and offer high resistance to natural elements like UV rays, high and low temperatures, weathering agents, ponding water, traction, and cracks.
Ideal waterproofing products are researched and developed taking into consideration the safety of the applicator and provide a guaranteed result. They are water-based, solvent-free, and safe for the applicator to apply without joints, and weldings. This allows for a smooth application, fewer chances of error for the applicator, and safety.
Waterproofing problems mostly occur in a structure when improper products are used for a particular application. The term waterproof is used for almost all the products, but, each product has a specific function and area of application. When specifications and installation procedures by the manufacturers are not followed, consequences can be acute.
Another factor for waterproofing failure is the expansion and contraction of waterproofing systems for decks. Surfaces keep on moving with changes in temperature, which put stress on waterproofing systems. One of the major causes for many waterproof deck failures is the movement of substrates causing too much pressure on the membranes. Even when waterproofing of decks is complex, involving many corresponding elements like slope-drainage, flashing details, the waterproofing membrane used, and the quality of construction materials, the correct use of waterproofing products is of great importance.
Water penetrations through a building can be prevented using an envelope constructed in such a way that water does not enter the building. Use of flashing and special fittings for vents, pipes, wires etc. can make a big difference.