Let’s Talk About Waterproofing

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Waterproofing is a fundamental aspect of constructing buildings and houses. Roofs, walls and other parts of a building is waterproofed using coatings to protect contents as well as protecting structural integrity.  Roof covering materials, siding, foundations and all of the various parts of a building need to be water-resistant and waterproof. The effects of harsh weather could be really detrimental to any structure that is why building owners have to always consider taking precautionary measures to ensure minimal or no damage at all.

Many homes and buildings in the Philippines and all over the world have flat or low-sloped roofing systems. From time to time these roofs may require a maintenance coating in order to extend its life. Roof sealants are relatively simple projects and can be completed by most homeowners and building owners. But is that really enough to protect your roof?

Determine first if your roof can be coated

In order to determine if your roof system can be coated you must first determine what type of roof system you have. There are many types of roof membranes in the market being installed on homes and buildings. Some roof types do not require coatings in order to be maintained while need it to keep it in good working condition.

For most roofs, they can be coated for reflectivity, waterproofing and energy savings purposes. You have to know the type of roof you have to avoid applying the wrong coating which can cause a lot of headaches. One good way is to contact a coating manufacturer and request information on the types of coatings that you can apply.

 When should you apply coating?

There two very important factors to consider. First is the weather and second is the condition of your roof system.  Check with the coating manufacturer to determine the weather conditions that are required to complete the application of the coating without compromising the quality of the application. Generally, it should be done during moderate temperature and no rain is expected. The second consideration is the condition and age of your roof whether it is new, old, rust-free, highly rusted, etc. This will help both you and the coating manufacturer to determine the right approach to protect and prolong the life of your roof.

Will you coat or not?

There have been a lot of technological advances in waterproofing that has been developed by the construction industry which include more advanced membrane materials and integral waterproofing systems. But whatever is the roof condition, prevention is always better than cure. Coating manufacturers and distributors are the best people to talk to about maintaining and maximizing the service life of your roof. The construction standards for waterproofing buildings in many countries have improved over the years, due to the general tightening of building codes. Investing on the right coating materials could be your best ally in this regard.