Debunking Four Myths about Waterproofing
Myth # 1: Sealants are not essential in waterproofing.
Fact: Sealants are necessary to fill the gaps prior to waterproofing.
Sealants play a major role in effective waterproofing, yet sealant products are often overlooked because it is not as common as cementitious-based waterproofing. The topic is also seldom discussed. With this, we want to expound on the significance of sealants.
Sealants are used to fill gaps and crevices, especially corners located in hard-to-reach areas. Bostik has a polyurethane joint sealant called Seal ‘N’ Flex 1, which is known for its excellent durability and non-staining component. It provides a tough and flexible seal that is capable of cyclic expansion. This means that it is flexible enough to seal properties in multiple stories and protect the joints from movement.
Myth #2: Waterproofing is too expensive.
Fact: Improper waterproofing leads to additional expenses.
The cost of proper waterproofing is nothing compared to the additional expenses that are accumulated because of improper waterproofing. Once water penetrates into substrates, leaks weaken the foundation, which damages the structure and aesthetics of your home. The presence of molds and other insects may also not be good for the family’s health. Protect your possessions, your peace of mind, and your loved ones by following the proper waterproofing products and applications intended for your waterproofing needs. You may refer to this link to know more about it: https://www.bostik.com/philippines/en/bostik-academy/
Myth #3: Paint can permanently hide water leakages.
Fact: Paint should never be a substitute for waterproofing products.
Waterproofing is all about prevention. The lack of action in the early stage of construction pushes people to come up with temporary solutions when the dilemma comes, which is not helpful at all. The use of paint only covers up the damage, but it does not directly address or fix the problem. Sooner or later, paint will deteriorate, and you are back where you started.
The key to preventing this situation is to use Bostik Seal ‘N’ Flex 1 to fill gaps and Bostik Powermix to adhere to concrete surfaces in the construction stage. With Bostik Powermix, you can also minimize painting costs because of its tintable property.
Myth #4: Cementitious waterproofing is also ideal for large construction sites and infrastructures.
Fact: Polyurethane-based liquid waterproofing membranes are more suitable for large-scale projects.
Here are two Bostik products that are more suitable for bigger works in the construction industry:
- Bostik Boscoseal PU - this product has a high thixotropy level and is suitable for waterproofing masonry walls, roof lap slabs, balconies, courtyards, quarry tiles, and other large-scale projects.
- Bostik Boscoseal PU-X - this provides an impeccable waterproofing membrane to surfaces like helipads, rooftop parking, bridge decks, and other large construction projects.
We hope that you have learned something from this article. If you are interested to know more about these products, you can visit Bostik Academy’s website here: https://www.bostik.com/philippines/en/bostik-academy/
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