Ensure your Home is Watertight with Waterproofing Paint

Ensure your Home is Watertight with Waterproofing Paint

Leaking roofs and water damage are a nightmare nearly every one of us has experienced. They’re costly to fix, never mind the extra costs for everything else that goes with it. And waterproofing can be expensive… unless you do it yourself with some damp proofing or quality waterproofing paint.

Types of waterproofing paint

Using waterproofing paint and doing the job yourself is a lot more affordable than getting “the guy” to pop over and do it for you, but you need to make sure you have the right materials or it’s all for naught. First thing is to make sure you know what sort of paint you are going to use. Most of you will find will fall under three different categories/types, namely: application, fibre reinforced, and membrane (the exact definitions differ widely, but these give you a rough idea of what is involved).

Application type

This one has been around for many years already, and it is widely known as a preparation and application type paint because of how it is intended to be used together with a bandage. The bandage is a strip of fibrous material which serves to bind the paint and effectively seal off the painted area.

First you prepare the area by applying a layer of waterproofing paint, onto which you will apply the bandage. Once the bandage is placed, you apply more paint to it as required. If done correctly, your roof should now be well waterproofed.

Fibre Reinforced

The advantage of the fibre reinforced waterproofing paint is that it has the fibres of the bandage worked into the paint itself, so you won’t need to concern yourself with applying anything other than the paint. In order to make this type of waterproofing truly effective most people paint it on in alternatively horizontally and vertically oriented layers. They do this in order to allow the fibres within the paint to mesh into each other and form a well-sealed barrier. An extra benefit of this waterproofing paint is that it has been shown to reduce temperature underneath the surface to which it is applied by up to 30%, which is great for hot areas.

Membrane

A third type of waterproofing paint on the market today is one which makes use of seamless, acrylic waterproofing with a geo-fabric non-woven membrane. This is a particularly effective on flat roofs that are prone to ponding, as the membrane is extremely durable and elastic. This waterproofing paint’s UV resistance also varies between good and excellent, depending on the top coat used.

That is really how easy it is. Just have a look at these different types of waterproofing paints and other damp proofing paints, and then decide which one works best for you. If you would prefer some extra advice before making a choice, simply call the experts and they will give you all the help you need.

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