Unsung hero of car park waterproofing
Car parks play a pivotal role in our daily routines – they are more than just a convenient place to leave your vehicle – and when you scratch the surface of these seemingly mundane structures, we find something else - a critical element that ensures their integrity and longevity - it’s called waterproofing and without it, we would have a massive problem, writes Justin Pitman, sales director of Proteus Waterproofing.
Waterproofing, the unsung hero of car park maintenance, forms the foundation for resilience and longevity. Without adequate waterproofing, car parks are susceptible to a myriad of problems, ranging from structural damage and moisture-related issues to surface deterioration and leakage into interior spaces.
The consequences of inadequate waterproofing extend far beyond mere aesthetic concerns. Car parks are subjected to a unique set of challenges that can severely compromise their integrity.
They endure a relentless onslaught of heavy vehicles, causing continuous abrasion and stress on the surface, they suffer constant exposure to oil, grease, and other chemicals from vehicles that can degrade the waterproofing layer.
Car parks are also exposed to a range of weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, UV radiation, and precipitation, which can take their toll on the waterproofing system. This is made worse in areas with heavy snowfall, where salt used for de-icing can penetrate the waterproofing layer, leading to corrosion and damage and concrete cancer
When car parks lack adequate waterproofing, these factors can lead to a wide range of different issues, particularly structural damage where water can seep into the concrete slabs and steel reinforcement of car parks, causing corrosion, cracks, spalling, and even structural failure. This not only compromises the safety of the car park but can also incur significant repair costs.
Moisture trapped beneath car park surfaces can create a breeding ground for mould and mildew. Water can also cause the surface of car park decks to spall, delaminate, and become uneven. This not only detracts from the aesthetic appeal of the car park but also poses a tripping hazard for pedestrians.
Water seeping through car park decks 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, it is clear that the importance of quality waterproofing solutions for car parks, cannot be overstated. Systems such as Deckmaster from Proteus Waterproofing, act as a protective barrier, safeguarding the underlying structure from the damaging effects of water and ensuring the long-term functionality of the car park.
Deckmaster is engineered to withstand the constant traffic, chemical exposure, and harsh weather conditions that car parks endure. The System offers a seamless, impenetrable membrane which provides a superior barrier against water ingress, safeguarding the underlying structure.
Investing in quality waterproofing is not merely an expense; it is a proactive approach to car park maintenance that yields significant long-term benefits such as prolonging the lifespan of decks and reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacements.
Proactive waterproofing also minimises the need for costly repairs and remediation work, saving money in the long run. This in turn ensures a safe environment for car park users, pedestrians and employees.
The consequences of inadequate waterproofing extend far beyond structural damage and aesthetic concerns. Car parks play a vital role in the smooth functioning of our cities, providing essential parking for businesses, residences, and public spaces. When car parks are compromised due to poor waterproofing, it can lead to disruptions in traffic flow, economic losses, and potential safety hazards.
While the initial cost of quality waterproofing may seem daunting, it pales in comparison to the long-term expenses associated with inadequate waterproofing. By investing in Proteus Waterproofing's advanced systems, car park owners can reap a multitude of benefits, as already stated.
As our cities continue to grow and evolve, car parks will remain a crucial part of our infrastructure. By prioritising quality waterproofing solutions, we can safeguard these essential structures, ensuring their long-term functionality and safety.
But keeping our car parks open is more than just about waterproofing – at Proteus, we like to think that our systems are also about safeguarding the future of mobility – something to think about when you are looking for your next parking space.