Waterproofing materials can save your home and family from potentially horrible water damage. Waterproofing keeps homes and buildings dry and safe from mold and bacteria, whether from leaky basements, underground springs, or floods. Though there are many materials to choose from, you should always choose the most durable options for your project, such as cementitious backer rod foam sealant with polyurethane coating. Here are some tips on how to select the suitable waterproofing material for your home or business.
As Few Seams as Possible
If there are multiple seams in your roof, rainwater will be able to seep through cracks and holes. To waterproof your home, you want to use materials that have as few seams as possible. Using one-piece seamless flashings may seem more expensive up front, but they’ll save you money in maintenance costs down the road. Using fewer fasteners also make repairs simpler.
Full Adhesion to the Substrate
You want your waterproofing material to stick to your substrate to protect it completely. If adhesive is showing, then it’s not likely to be waterproof. If you can scratch the surface with just your fingernail, then you’re in trouble. The best way to avoid issues is to ensure no gaps between surfaces or cracks/fissures in brick or cement before application. If spotted, use a crack filler product like Mortar-Stopper for Cement Joints & Cracks. Any gaps should be filled with wall putty before applying a coating of adhesive over it.
Look for Redundancy
You always want two layers of material; in case one fails. That way, you’ll have something to fall back on. This means buying materials specifically for waterproofing but remember that water can be an issue outside of your basement too. So, buy extra to cover other areas in your home where water damage might occur. Some good places to protect include around windows and doors, under siding, against chimneys, and around air conditioning units. If you decide to use another type of material, like paint or caulking, look for products that are advertised as waterproof or water-resistant before using them to coat your basement walls or floorboards.
Waterproofing materials, like building materials, should be installed properly. Consult with your contractor to make sure installation procedures are followed accordingly. What you will save in materials is usually more than what you will spend on labor costs; however, it is crucial to hire an experienced contractor if you’re unsure how to do it yourself. Ensuring that waterproofing products are installed correctly, ensures they work as intended for many years into the future.
To find waterproofing materials that will work best for your situation, consider expert opinions. Experts agree that there is no one material you can use for any application, the best materials are those that work with your unique set of needs and requirements. Opinions also differ on whether to choose a packaged or custom-made solution, but all agree it’s essential to choose someone knowledgeable about their product line, who can guide you through selecting materials appropriate for your project. No matter what type of waterproofing material you choose, and to avoid potential nasty surprises, be sure to talk through your project with at least three different companies before you commit.