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    The need to waterproof Balconies and Walkways

    November 2023


In the wider world of building construction, balconies and walkways often play a role that goes widely unnoticed, yet their importance cannot be overstated. These extensions of our living spaces provide us with coveted outdoor areas, offering fresh air, scenic views, and opportunities for recreation. However, their very exposure to the elements makes them vulnerable to water damage, a silent threat that can compromise the integrity of the building and the safety of its occupants, writes Justin Pitman, sales director of Proteus Waterproofing.

Waterproofing balconies and walkways are not merely options, they are a crucial aspect of building maintenance and safety. Water that seeps into these areas can lead to a host of problems, resulting in structural damage where it can penetrate the underlying fabric of balconies and walkways, causing cracks, erosion, and corrosion.

In time this can weaken the structural integrity of these areas, posing a safety hazard and potentially leading to costly repairs or even structural failure. Moisture trapped in balconies and walkways can also create a breeding ground for mould and mildew. These harmful organisms can cause respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues.

Water can also cause the surface of balconies and walkways to spall or delaminate, resulting in unsightly and uneven surfaces. This can detract from the aesthetic appeal of the building and also pose a tripping hazard.

Longer term, water seeping through balconies and walkways can leak into interior spaces, causing damage to walls, ceilings, and flooring. This can lead to expensive repairs, disruption to occupants, and potential health risks.

So, we can see, that by investing in proper waterproofing, building owners and managers can reap a multitude of benefits – the most obvious being that when you prevent water from penetrating the underlying structure, you safeguard its integrity and minimise the risk of costly repairs or structural failures in the future.

Waterproofing also ensures that balconies and walkways remain safe for use by preventing slips, trips, and falls caused by wet or damaged surfaces. Such action extends the lifespan of balconies and walkways, reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacements.

For building owners, properly waterproofed balconies and walkways can enhance the overall value of a property, making it more attractive to potential buyers or tenants.

This means that the selection of an appropriate waterproofing system for balconies and walkways is crucial for long-term effectiveness and durability. Several other factors also need to be considered, such as the type of substrate, the location of the project – would it for example be more exposed to extreme weather conditions - the design requirement and most importantly, any budget constraints.

We at Proteus Waterproofing take a comprehensive approach to balcony and walkway waterproofing, employing a range of advanced techniques and materials to ensure long-lasting protection.

We recommend the use of liquid applied membranes to provide a seamless, impenetrable barrier against water ingress, effectively shielding the underlying structure from the elements. This innovative approach eliminates the need for heat or flames, ensuring a safe and environmentally friendly application process.

Proteus Waterproofing's rapid curing systems will minimise downtime and disruption to building occupants, ensuring a swift return to normal use. Our systems also incorporate skid-inhibiting properties, reducing the risk of slips and falls.

Proteus Waterproofing is unwavering in its commitment to quality and innovation. Our waterproofing systems undergo rigorous testing to ensure they meet the highest standards of performance and durability

In short, this means that Proteus Waterproofing is widely recognised as a trusted supplier of innovative and effective waterproofing systems for balconies and walkways.

Equally as important - our expertise, commitment to quality, and exceptional approach to waterproofing ensure that these outdoor spaces remain safe, aesthetically pleasing, and protected from the elements for years to come.

Talk to an expert today!