7 Tips For A Good Waterproofing

It is very important when it comes to waterproofing to know how to do it in the right way, that is why here we bring you 7 basic tips to know how to do it.

1- Ask about the use that will be given to the building and the warranty period required.
Let’s start by establishing the range of materials suitable for what we are looking for. It may be that we only need to protect for one year and in this case we would need a very basic and not so durable protection.
2- Check if it is a new roof or if it already has a waterproofing system.
This is something very important since in new slabs most of the systems can be installed without any problem, but in those that need a re-waterproofing or maintenance, special care must be taken to ensure that the new system is compatible with the existing one, or if not, completely eliminate the current material up to the concrete slab.

3- Check if the slab is flat or inclined.
Emulsified waterproofing systems are not ideal on a flat slab (either acrylic or asphalt) since the slightest puddling can re-emulsify the system. In these cases a prefabricated or polyurethane system is needed.

4- Know if the place to be waterproofed is going to have sporadic or continuous pedestrian traffic.
Knowing this is very important to determine if it is necessary to use a simple or reinforced system, or to include the design and installation of traffic corridors.

5 -Take into account the climatic conditions of the site.
If waterproofing is to be done in a geographical area where cold weather or extreme heat predominates, materials specially designed for these climatic conditions must be used, since their effectiveness will depend on this.

6- Make sure that the roof surface is completely clean before starting work.
In any system that is going to be installed it is very important to know that it is completely clean, free of grease, dust, loose or badly adhered parts, that the cracks are repaired, as well as the penetrations and pluvial downspouts are reinforced with waterproof material and polyester fabric.

7 -Be sure to purchase a good quality waterproofing from reliable manufacturers.
Each manufacturer performs laboratory tests to determine the life of their waterproofing systems and based on these results, the warranty period is established, and based on this warranty, future maintenance or renovations are calculated.