While not getting a waterproofing membrane may seem like a move you would want to make to save money, doing so might end up costing you a hefty sum instead. The long-term structural effects of waterproofing membranes are significant. It serves to prevent water damage across multiple areas, including green roofs, balconies, retaining walls, and even concrete water tanks. A high-quality membrane will provide great versatility. Here are some additional reasons to invest in high-quality waterproofing membranes.
Increases Property Value
You can be sure that your decisions to protect your building and the invisible structural integrity of your property will pay off when the time comes for you to market your building. Generally, it will help you find a buyer and sell the building more easily. Neither water damage nor leakage difficulties will have a negative impact on your price or offers. Moreover, if you waterproof your basement, decking, and roof, you’ll have complete peace of mind knowing that no water damage is too severe to be easily repaired. This applies even if your basement floods or there are heavy rains.
Provides a Safe Environment
Water damage results in mold and fungi formation and sometimes even illness.
Bacteria might start to grow in your building when damp regions are amassed. In the worst-case scenario, the mold may spread to furniture and carpets and cause major structural damage. This may not be limited to your internal building structure. The health of building occupants is put at risk by it. Everyone will be affected differently, but this might lead to compromised immune systems, congested sinuses, and even allergies.
A waterproofing membrane can protect occupants from these unpleasant problems. When determining if you need to install a waterproofing membrane to your building, it’s important to consider the health of those inside!
Above-Grade and Below-grade Materials for Waterproofing
- Above-grade: Above-grade waterproofing materials are typically resistant to UV radiation, waterproof, and temperature-adaptable. This enables it to prevent moisture penetration into the building envelope, balconies, parking decks, rooftop terraces, and plazas.
- Below-grade: Materials used below grade are designed to endure a particular set of challenges. Even without a groundwater table, concrete foundations may be subject to perched water or problematic water pressure. Water accumulates at the foundation, where it may potentially cause harm due to the looser soil’s tendency to collect water. Waterproofing undoubtedly becomes more crucial if the building foundation is being built into the groundwater table.
Whichever membrane type you and your customer decide upon, it has to be sturdy and long-lasting to endure installation, the elements, and continuous building settling and movement. You should be aware of the two main types of waterproofing membranes.
Sheet-based Vs. Liquid-based Waterproofing Membranes
- Sheet-Based: These waterproofing membranes come in rolls and are applied to solid surfaces, such as the foundation of a structure. A wide range of materials, including HDPE, butyl, PVC, and bentonite, can be used to make them. They may also be combined to form composite materials. The Bituthene 3000 Roll is one such option, and it is both reliable and easy to install.
- Liquid-Based: To create a smooth, joint-free membrane, liquid-based membranes are often sprayed or rolled over surfaces. Liquid membranes, such as the HLM 5000 Roller 5G waterproofing membrane, are often preferred because they are joint-free. However, when selecting a certain membrane type, it’s important to understand the thickness needed for your construction requirements.
Why Purchase Waterproofing Membranes from Metro Sealant?
At Metro Sealant, we strive to deliver only the highest-quality waterproofing membrane materials available to all our customers. With the wide variety of options available (both sheet-based and liquid-based), you’ll be guaranteed to find what you need!