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How to Select Concrete Floor Waterproofing

How to Select Concrete Floor Waterproofing

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December 29, 2006

fWhen you set out to select concrete floor waterproofing, the whole process can seem rather intimidating if you have never done it before.  There is a huge range of waterproofing products on the market that can be used in a variety of ways and in a variety of situations.  From barrier and membrane products to spray on or brush on products, each is designed for certain situations.  You need to make sure you know which products are best suited for the application you are planning.

The many different types of concrete floor waterproofing are made to be used in different situations.  For example, if you need to waterproof the outside of a foundation to prevent water from seeping into the floor area, you could consider a physical barrier membrane or a thick brush-on mix that dries and seals within 24 hours or so. Your local home improvement store should be able to give you guidance about what waterproofing method is best for your particular needs. 

Concrete Floor Waterproofing

Depending on which product you decide to use you will need to have the proper tools and know what kind of surface preparation is required. The preparation and tool type will change from product to product. Make sure to read the manufacturer directions carefully to know exactly what the procedure for your waterproofing project will be.

Most products designed to be applied to interior concrete flooring are spray on, brush on or in some cases even troweled onto the floor.  Check to see if the product you are considering is durable enough to be used as the only coating on the floor and can handle foot traffic, or if you will need to apply a top coat of some sort over the waterproofing.  Some waterproofing materials can also be tinted so they serve as a decorative coating as well as a protective coating.  Whatever concrete floor waterproofing you select, be sure to follow all safety instructions to avoid problems with fumes, chemical burns, or flammability. 


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