When remodelling or constructing a shower, most homeowners concern themselves with aesthetics rather than pay attention to the method of construction. You, however, need to give serious consideration to the waterproofing of your shower tiles to prevent costly repairs in future from water damage.
There have been significant advances in the waterproofing tiling technology in Sydney available in recent years. Liquid waterproofing is one way to keep water out of your shower’s wall cavity.
Here are some pieces of information to help you understand liquid waterproofing.
Where do you use it?
You can apply liquid waterproofing on all shower surfaces that are in contact with water or moisture, including benches, shelves, half-walls and niches. Ensure the half-walls, niches and shelves have a small pitch to their drain in addition to the waterproofing.
This is because these surfaces are vulnerable to leaks and the pitch guarantees positive drainage.
How do you use it?
You will first need to read the manufacturer’s instructions before applying the waterproofing material as each company varies from the other. They will attach your shower’s backer-boards to studs and then the liquid waterproof painted over them.
You should pay attention to the number of coats you will need to apply and let the material dry adequately between coats.
What are its benefits?
Liquid waterproofing is easy to apply compared to other methods of waterproofing. You or your contractor can do it on a large area in a short period, saving on time and cost of labour. This method of shower waterproofing offers a durable, low maintenance and chemical resistant solution to your needs.
Waterproofing will not act as a barrier to water vapour. You should install a vapour barrier if you want to stop vapour in addition to moisture. The ideal vapour barrier should be rated less than one perm.
It is critical to water the liquid membrane soon after it is dry to touch to prevent any failures in effective waterproofing.