We believe that the most important factor in effective waterproofing is providing a well designed waterproofing system at the beginning of a building project.
This should happen at the design phase of the building with the Architect.
Most waterproofing contractors who belong to WARAC ( the Waterproofing and Roofing Association in Cape Town) will offer to look over proposed building plans and assist architects with specifying correct waterproofing details.
Association members all adhere to high levels of quality and will share technical know-how between members for the sake of raising quality in our industry.
Many builders, project managers, building owners do not have access to the collective experiences of this specialist trade and simply do the best as they go along. Often what seems as a simple problem with a simple solution turns in an expensive, frustrating nightmare.
Much of the work we quote on is, however, not new building work but rather remedial work where either a new building has been constructed and one year later leaks begin to appear – the owner of the building often does not find any joy with the builder and takes it upon themselves to solve the waterproofing problem.
As Waterproofing contractors we are often called on at this late stage to try and unravel the mystery of how the waterproofing system was designed, and then installed. Unfortunately, for the building owner, this usually means completely stripping up the old waterproofing system and starting over.
A huge expense if one considers that all the finishing work e.g. painting, tiling etc will need to be re-done.
Take for example this small balcony that needed to have the torch on waterproofing system replaced.
The tiles and old torch on waterproofing had to be stripped off;
The sliding door had to be removed
New tiles has to be replaced;
the sliding door re-installed;
The surrounding paint work has to be redone around the balcony and to the reveals to the inside of the sliding door…
Much of the expense was in the finishing work and not even the actual balcony waterproofing.