Have you ever questioned the longevity of your waterproofing system?
In one of our recent articles, “Rising Costs: A Burden on Owners,” we highlighted a concerning statistic from a 2021 report on defects in New South Wales. The report revealed that a significant 39 per cent of residential apartment buildings constructed between 2014 and 2020 exhibited serious defects.
Among these defects, waterproofing issues stood out as the most prevalent, impacting nearly a quarter (23%) of the surveyed buildings.
To delve deeper into effective management strategies for waterproofing, we have sought the insights of the experts at DanRae Waterproofing.
The key to its endurance lies in three pivotal factors: Membrane Quality, Workmanship, and Preventative Maintenance.
- The Significance of Membrane Quality
Not all waterproofing membranes are created equal. Each possesses unique properties tailored to specific applications. To withstand natural building movements, harsh climates, and chemical exposure, your membrane must be robust. It should also be precisely suited to your space, whether it’s a damp basement, an exposed balcony, or a flat roof.
According to Ron Caruana, the Founder at DanRae: “While a budget-friendly product may provide a decade or two of protection, investing in a high-quality PVC membrane, though slightly more expensive, can safeguard your structure for an impressive 60 years.”
- The Role of Workmanship
In 2016, the Australian Institute of Waterproofing unveiled a striking statistic: Waterproofing, accounting for just 1% of a building’s budget, is responsible for a staggering 80% of building defects attributed to water leaks. The culprits? Subpar solution design and inferior craftsmanship.
The vulnerable spots in any waterproofing system are where horizontal and vertical surfaces intersect—a critical area often overlooked by inexperienced waterproofers. A seasoned professional considers your space’s unique characteristics and surfaces, meticulously crafting a comprehensive, foolproof solution.
- Ensuring Longevity with Preventative Maintenance
Once you’ve entrusted your structure to a quality waterproofing solution, your journey is far from over. External elements, ranging from severe storms to inquisitive wildlife, can pose threats to the integrity of your waterproofing.
By implementing a proactive maintenance plan that includes conducting regular inspections of your membrane and documenting any issues requiring attention, you can effectively mitigate these threats. If any minor concerns are encountered that require immediate intervention, they must be addressed promptly. Furthermore, consistent waterproofing maintenance can extend your warranty, providing you with additional years of peace of mind.
To ensure your investment stands the test of time, following these steps will continue to protect your space with sustained strength for years to come.