Method to Successfully Repair & Waterproof A Tied Balcony
Solving Leaking Balconies
Waterproofing Case Study
Numerous Reasons Why Balconies Leak
"Notes From A Balcony Inspection"
Read Article HERE by P.Evans, Manager/Director Findlay-Evans Waterproofing
Melbourne Waterproofing Company - Commercial Balcony Repairs & Restoration - see HERE
1. Hire Only Skilled Tile Installers
2. Use Quality Tilers & Adequate Expansion Joints
Be certain that all parties involved in the balcony project, including the architect, specifier, designer, waterproofer, tile salesperson and the tile installer know and understand the critical use and placement of expansion joints. Failure to set out tiles correctly will most often result in a system failure.
“The builder, engineer, architect or designer shall show the specific locations and details of movement joints on project drawings in accordance with the relevant Building Code.”
3. Balcony Tile Installation Requires Premium Materials
The following information about adhesives and screeds are my own personal views derived from many years of removing faulty balcony work carried out by contractors that continue to install incorrectly.
These comments are from personal experience and constant frustration of bad practice.
Manager/Director Findlay-Evans Waterproofing
Registered Building Practitioner -Victoria
Medium Rise Apartment - 8 years old
4. Verify Balcony Tile Surfaces are Level
To provide level ceramic or stone tile installation; carpenters, masons, concrete installers, and other trades must meet the tile industry standards for flatness tolerances.
Balcony Repairs, Waterproofing & Instant Turf
More Balcony Video Case Studies HERE
5. Verify Balcony Tile Surface is Rigid
Correct substrate to apply waterproof membrane & finish with tile installation
Important Note: substrate for natural stone tile installations must be twice as rigid as that for a ceramic or porcelain tile installation.
6. Verify Minimum Mortar Coverage
7. Tile Site Conditions Are Controlled
8. Correct Tiling Methods and Materials
9. Allow for Adequate Cure Time
10. Use of Crack Isolation Membranes as Needed
Insure tile contractor cleans all grout as part of job.
Too many floors are left with a grout haze which has customers scrambling to clean.
This should be a major part of the contract.
"Efflorescence” occurs only in the presence of water.
Salt solution is very corrosive and will damage metallic items within and around a concrete slab i.e such as reinforcing mesh rusting and eventual explosion of concrete as the rust swells. (concrete cancer), metal ducting and conduits, fixtures and fittings, balustrade, etc will all rapidly deteriorate when allowed contact with the solution.
Best Waterproofing Membrane for Balconies
Liquid Applied Membranes are most often our waterproofing product of choice - this is because elastomeric waterproof membranes have many unique properties.
Advantages of Liquid Applied Waterproofing Membranes
Liquid Rubber Membranes have many properties that are superior to Traditional Waterproofing Systems.
Case Study - Balcony Repairs & Instant Turf
View Video - Balcony Repairs - Case Study
Findlay-Evans - Melbourne Waterproofers - Testimonials
Read testimonials from our clients HERE
Roof Repairs - Remedial Waterproofing
The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) recently engaged F.E.W Waterproofing to resurface the Level 6 plant area which was prone to water leakage.
Liquid Rubber was used and is brilliant seamless product; we were very impressed with the finished product.
The F.E.W workmanship was of a high standard. Since having the Liquid Rubber laid down we have not experienced any water leaks.
D. Papal Australian Institute of Management (Vic & Tas) Building Manager