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Waterproofing is Critical
It does not matter if a project is large or small, getting waterproofing right the first time is vital. Failure of a waterproofing system can be costly to rectify. Water leaks can result in significant damage to the building envelope.
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Whether you are a large commercial contractor who tenders for multi million dollar contracts, or a contractor building a new house for a private client, it is essential the waterproofing elements of your project are given as much consideration as the foundations the structure sits on.
What Waterproofing Products to Use?
Insurance companies report waterproofing is approx less than 1% of building costs but water leaks and subsequent water damage represent approx 80% of claims for building defects.
There are numerous waterproofing materials on the market in Australia. However to simplify the issue, there are two main types.
1. Liquid Applied Applied
2. Sheet Membranes
1. Liquid Applied Waterproofing
Liquid Membranes can be spray into a continuous seamless barrier providing waterproof protection horizontally, vertically up walls and around upturns, pipes and penetrations.
VIDEO - Advantages of Liquid Membranes
2. Sheet Membrane Systems
Steps to Select a Waterproofing Membrane
Ideally, a waterproofing membrane should be strong, flexible, elastic and tear-resistant so that it can stretch to cover cracks and also move with the building. The ideal waterproof membrane should have some, if not all, of the following properties:
Problems we have encountered with torch on and sheet membrane systems
Why Balconies Leak?
There are many reasons why balconies leak, however we come across several faults that occur on a regular basis.
VIDEO - Waterproofing a balcony with tiles
Repairing Leaking Balconies
Read article here by Paul Evans, Manager/Director of Findlay-Evans Waterproofing :
Many leaking balconies require a complete strip off from the existing membrane & back to the substrate. New waterproofing membrane is installed, followed by the finished trafficable surface - i.e tiles or instant turf etc. Using coatings or sealants to fix a leaking balcony without removing the tiles is very often a short term solution - especially if the existing membrane has deteriorated.
Expansion joints or lack of them are probably “the” most common cause of a failed balcony – and surprisingly not the waterproof membrane itself.
If remedial works are carried out on a balcony and inadequate amount of expansion joints are used - it is very likely the balcony will leak again.
Basement & Below Ground Waterproofing
VIDEO - How to waterproof basements
Liquid Membranes cure to form a durable barrier & permanent water protection
Below Ground Waterproofing - Design & Planning
Durability of design and materials is mandatory with below grade waterproofing systems. Below ground waterproofing is one of those areas usually unseen and I am not sure if it is this "out of sight, out of mind" mentality, however it is an area of construction often neglected.
Roof Waterproofing - Concrete & Metal
VIDEO - Rooftop Case Study
Quality roof waterproofing is the most effective insurance you can buy. Water intrusion is the leading reason for construction-related litigation, and can cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to fix.
Waterproofing Metal Roof
White elastomeric waterproof coatings reduce metal roof surface temperatures and lowers interior cooling.
Waterproofing Concrete Roof Slab
Roof Coatings : Liquid Applied Membranes (LAMs) are particularly suited to roof repairs, as a liquid membrane conforms to any shape that it is sprayed on.
Melbourne Commercial Waterproofing Company
Findlay & Evans Waterproofing provide waterproofing solutions to the construction, engineering, mining, agricultural, landscaping, project management maintenance, equine and marine industries to name just a few.
So whether it is a tunnel, water treatment plant, balconies and walkways, green roof, underground facility, parking deck, new roof or the refurbishing of an existing roof Findlay-Evans Waterproofing can offer solutions for your requirements.
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We offer cost-effective solutions while maintaining best practice standards.
Paul Evans is very professional in his approach towards giving the right advice regarding different products he uses and the best product to use for the given task. I would highly recommend Paul and Liquid Rubber to anyone seeking quality work performed by a professional team.
Does your waterproofer back you up if the job fails?
Paul is very reliable, trustworthy and an extremely valuable source of knowledge. I regularly call upon Paul for advice and information not only with waterproofing issues, but also general construction issues which would arise in the normal day to day course of events in our industry. His friendly and professional approach and attention to detail made a somewhat stressful and potential costly situation become a lot easier to deal with; saving both money and more importantly time.
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