Liquid vs Membrane type Damp Proofing- Pros and Cons
By Frederick M Hueston, Stoneforensics.com
Dampness in a building can lead to severe damage, affecting both the structural integrity of the building and the health of the occupants. Damp proofing is a process that aims to prevent moisture from entering the structure and causing damage. There are two main types of damp proofing: liquid and membrane. Lets compare the two types and discuss their pros and cons.
Liquid Damp Proofing
Liquid damp proofing involves the application of a liquid coating to the surface of walls or floors. The liquid penetrates the surface and creates a barrier that prevents moisture from entering the structure. Liquid damp proofing can be applied to a range of surfaces, including concrete, brickwork, and stone.
Liquid damp proofing is quick and easy to apply, making it an ideal solution for small projects or where time is of the essence.
The liquid coating can penetrate small cracks and crevices, creating a more effective barrier against moisture.
Liquid damp proofing is generally less expensive than membrane damp proofing.
Liquid damp proofing is not as durable as membrane damp proofing and may require more frequent maintenance.
The coating can be prone to cracking and peeling over time, particularly if the surface is subject to movement or vibration.
Liquid damp proofing is not suitable for all surfaces, particularly those that are heavily contaminated with salts or other contaminants.
Membrane Damp Proofing
Membrane damp proofing involves the installation of a physical barrier between the structure and the surrounding soil or water. The barrier can be made from a range of materials, including plastic, bitumen, or rubber.
Membrane damp proofing is highly durable and can last for many years without requiring maintenance.
The physical barrier is less prone to damage than a liquid coating and can withstand movement and vibration.
Membrane damp proofing is suitable for a wide range of surfaces and can be installed on both the interior and exterior of a building.
Membrane damp proofing is more expensive than liquid damp proofing, particularly if excavation is required to install the barrier.
The installation process can be disruptive and may require the removal of landscaping or paving.
Membrane damp proofing is less effective at penetrating small cracks and crevices than liquid damp proofing.
Both liquid and membrane damp proofing have their pros and cons. Liquid damp proofing is quick and easy to apply, but not as durable as membrane damp proofing. Membrane damp proofing is highly durable but more expensive and disruptive to install. The choice between the two types will depend on factors such as the surface to be treated, the extent of the dampness, and the available budget. It is recommended to consult with a professional damp proofing contractor to determine the most suitable solution for your specific situation.