Waterproofing membranes are an important component of any construction project. In the roofing business, long sheets of bituminous membrane are used on flat roofs to ensure no water or dampness enters the building. As architects get more creative and construction gets more and more complicated, sometimes traditional water membranes just don’t cut it.
Liquid Waterproofing Membranes
Liquid waterproofing membranes are the solution to an increasing variety of roof designs and construction materials. Liquid waterproofing membranes are exactly what they sound like: a silicone-based liquid that can be applied over a building structure which, once dry, will provide a waterproof layer over the structure.
With the increased popularity of concrete in constructing homes, and the intricate designs concrete can be poured and molded into, liquid membranes are the only practical solution to waterproofing the concrete. If concrete is allowed to absorb water, it can cause moisture and dampness in the building, which is an invitation for mold. This can also cause the reinforcement steel to corrode, and the concrete can fail prematurely.
Benefits Of Liquid Waterproofing Membranes
The main benefit of liquid membranes is the ease of installation and the fact that it can be applied to any solid structure. In contrast, sheet membranes need to be applied with immense heat and carefully laid down so the joints where two sheets meet don’t allow for intruding water. With liquid membranes, the liquid is applied like paint. If the entire roof is covered correctly, there are no points for water to intrude.
Roof Decks naturally expand and contract. Liquid membranes feature both elongation and flexibility properties, which allow it to expand and contract with the deck. This feature ensures that the roof maintains its waterproof abilities, even in the hottest of temperatures. Furthermore, the liquid membrane fills in the pores of fine cracks present in the concrete, increasing its natural strength.
In addition to offering water protection, liquid waterproofing membrane also offers protection against abrasion, chemical resistance, and increases durability.
Waterproof Your Roof In South Florida
ABC Roofing can take all the stress out of waterproofing your home or commercial space by inspecting every area of the roof. We’ll then choose the best means of waterproofing to guarantee that the process is done right the first time.
Call us today at 954-344-4622 for all your roofing and waterproofing needs.