Water is one of the leading causes of structural damage in warm climates like Florida. Rainfall, flooding, and high humidity can seep into most interiors, destroying building materials and contributing to other problems like mold growth. Waterproofing is the process of making a property impenetrable by water. With the services of a reputable commercial construction company, you can take the necessary steps to waterproof your Florida property and prevent costly water damage.
Waterproofing for New Florida Properties
Commercial contractors understand that waterproofing is one of the most critical parts of any new commercial build. A commercial general contractor will help you select a waterproofing system based on the environment and type of structure.
There are a wide range of waterproofing and damp-proofing membranes designed to protect in various environments. When installed by a trusted commercial or retail construction company, waterproofing can prevent water seepage and leaks that can lead to dangerous structural damage.
Repair or Replacement of Waterproofing Systems
There are few things that can ruin a property faster than moisture. Waterproofing products can become less effective over time. When waterproof barriers fail, water can begin seeping into a property causing costly damage in its path.
Florida construction services include waterproofing repair or replacement on buildings where old waterproofing systems have failed or become ineffective. There are many different types of waterproofing solutions available, from spray-on and self-adhering to hot-application waterproofing membranes.
Types of Commercial Waterproofing Solutions
There are several common types of waterproofing solutions used by commercial builders.
- Cementitious Waterproofing – This is the easiest to apply but often the least effective. The cement coating is applied to cracks on flooring, walls, and other surfaces. When dry, the cement effectively fills cracks that may be prone to leaks. However, the cement does not have the ability to contract and expand with temperature fluctuations, meaning it may not last as long as other solutions.
- Liquid Waterproofing – This type of waterproofing is often more effective for use in commercial buildings. When applied to construction materials, the liquid turns into a rubbery coating that offers a high level of flexibility. It is also UV resistant and versatile, allowing the product to set easily on a wide range of materials. It can also be built up in certain areas to ensure adequate coverage.
- Bitumen-Based Waterproofing – Made with a unique blend of high-quality bitumen mix and polymers, this waterproofing solution is very effective at keeping out water. However, it is also very labor intensive. Bitumen is highly elastic which means it can expand and contract without melting or cracking. It also has a high tolerance for both hot and cold.
Benefits of Waterproofing Your Florida Property
Waterproofing your Florida property can have countless benefits in terms of the value and functionality of the building. Properties that are both newly constructed and older should be regularly assessed for waterproofing.
When you hire a construction management company to assess the waterproofing, they may also discover pre-existing problems in the process. If small leaks and similar issues are detected early, you can minimize structural damage and save money on repairs.
When certain materials like concrete are continually exposed to water or moisture, it can lead to cracks. Not only are cracks aesthetically unsightly, but can also lead to further damage of the property. As structural damage becomes more serious, employees and customers are put at risk for possible injuries. Waterproofing can help strengthen concrete and other surfaces.
Contact M. H. Williams Construction Group
Waterproofing your Florida property can lead to a stronger structure, increased property value, reduced maintenance costs, and better indoor air quality for an overall healthier work environment.
Located in Melbourne, Florida, M. H. Williams Construction Group offers a talented workforce of construction professionals that deliver unmatched design, project supervision, administrative, technical expertise, and project management services.