Balconies and elevated decks are constantly exposed to the elements – rain, sun, wind and more. For balconies positioned over a living area it’s critical they are waterproofed correctly . Waterproofing your balcony makes it resistant to one of the most destructive forces of nature – water. Water ingression in a building can quickly cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage – destroying sheetrock, paint, floors, leading to mold, and can eventually rot and weaken the structural integrity of the structure itself. There is no “one size fits all” solution for waterproofing a balcony or elevated deck and there are several considerations that should be made before choosing the appropriate waterproofing system for your project – is the deck substrate concrete or wood? What is the joist/truss spacing and what kind of deflection is expected? Do you have an existing/failing waterproofing system and/or a sandwich slab waterproofing membrane – if so, you can’t apply a non-breathable system. What are the flashing details? Is the deck sloped properly? What kind of foot or vehicular traffic is expected? What is the desired final appearance? All of these questions should be addressed and considered before waterproofing your elevated deck or balcony.
The experts at Capital Concrete Coatings use several different waterproofing systems and have extensive experience in addressing the challenges of waterproofing balconies and elevated decks. Call us for a free consultation.