Can waterproofing paint protect your concrete?
Waterproofing paint is popular in the Philippines because of the country’s tropical climate. Rain, storm, and flood are common here, and can reduce the lifespan of any concrete structure.
Property owners know that “water proofing” is a must for all types of building construction. It has one aim – to prevent water from seeping through cracks in walls and floors.
At the same time, water seepage from floor cracks or leaks from pipes can damage your concrete beyond repair.
There are different methods that can seal concrete and keep water from penetrating its cracks and micropores. In the Philippines, professional waterproofing companies use cementitious waterproofing, hot applied waterproofing, admixtures, and cold applied waterproofing.
Interestingly, many property owners settle for waterproofing paint, thinking it will solve their problems.
Is Waterproofing Paint a Solution?
Waterproofing paint is a popular method because waterproofing paint is cheap.
In the Philippines, there are plenty of paint brands offering paint products as a waterproofing solution. Just visit a hardware or home improvement store in the mall, and you’ll find different options to choose from.
You can buy it online and receive the product within a few days.
Waterproofing paint is also easy to apply. You don’t need professional help if you know how to handle paint.
Now, it is true that waterproof paint reduces the musky smell of a mold-infested wall or ceiling.
It can also lower humidity and reduce the amount of moisture passing through your walls and ceilings into your house. But waterproofing paint is NOT a solution for your waterproofing needs.
Waterproofing Paint is a Misleading Term
The term “waterproofing paint” itself is misleading. Waterproofing paint is water-resistant but not waterproof.
Waterproofing is about keeping water from seeping through concrete and from passing through your ceiling, floors, or walls.
Paint can act as a barrier. But it cannot prevent water from rain or leaks from penetrating your concrete.
Waterproofing paint is vulnerable to UV rays
When used on external walls, newly applied waterproofing paint may keep rain from reaching your concrete. But because it is frequently exposed to UV rays from the sun, paint gets prone to cracks and quickly loses its effectiveness.
Waterproofing paint increases wall pressure
On interior walls, waterproofing paint can reduce the amount of moisture. But if your external walls are not waterproofed the right way, water will easily seep through the tiny pores of the concrete and exert pressure on the paint, resulting in bubbles that keep the pressure on one part of the wall, making it weaker in the long run.
Without the right waterproofing on your exteriors, any waterproofing paint will bend to water pressure and end up flaking and peeling off.
Save yourself the trouble and do waterproofing the right way
You don’t really need to invest in waterproofing paint. It’s okay to use this product for aesthetics. But when it comes to keeping your concrete dry and waterproofed, you need the right waterproofing technology.
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