Many property developers feel that commercial waterproofing is expensive and unnecessary. The failure to waterproof can be a costly decision, especially for concrete buildings. Commercial waterproofing offers the following benefits.
Prevents health hazards and structural damage
Buildings designed using concrete are susceptible to water damage. As unsealed concrete allows water to pass through, it creates a conducive environment for the growth of mould and mildew. The growth of mould creates a health hazard for users of the building, which opens you up to liability suits. Waterproofing is also essential for steel structures because steel is a metal that is prone to rust. When steel begins to rust, the integrity of the building is compromised. There are many parts of a building, such as the beams and the foundation, that are prone to water damage. The humidity causes damage to the building's foundation, which could lead to its collapse.
Another benefit of commercial waterproofing is that it makes buildings more energy efficient. If a property is not waterproofed, moisture can quickly enter the building. The constant flow of moisture makes the building's HVAC systems work harder to regulate the temperature. Waterproofing, however, prevents water from penetrating a structure, which helps regulate its temperature. A building will, therefore, stay cooler, which will increase the comfort of the tenants. Note that some waterproofing solutions may qualify your building for rebate programs from the government and extend your warranties.
Durability and cost savings
Waterproofing a property's roof, especially in warm climates, will increase the lifespan of the roof. A waterproofed roof will repel heat rather than absorb it, which keeps the roof intact. Waterproofing a roof can extend its durability for years to come. Waterproofing will also reduce the risk of structural damage to a building as it provides an extra layer of protection against leaks, decay and ordinary wear. Aside from ensuring the durability of a building, commercial waterproofing will be cheaper in the end. As building structures are safeguarded from the elements, there is less need for maintenance or repairs, which saves you money.
Ease of application
Commercial waterproofing of a property's roof is easier and faster than replacing a roof. Waterproofing involves spraying the roof, which will minimise any disruptions to normal operations as opposed to roof replacement. Also, before application, your property is assessed for any pre-existing conditions that may occur. If detected early, you can fix the problems before they cause significant damage.