The construction industry faces a number of challenges. To overcome them, workers in this sector use a wide range of products. These include liquid membranes. Do you know why the construction sector is so reliant on them? We explain the reason for their popularity.
What is a liquid membrane?
Liquid membranes are gaining popularity in the construction industry, and rightly so, considering how useful they are.
Construction flaws, the presence of critical points or wear due to temperature variations are often the cause of leaks in roofs or in the building envelope. Without proper treatment, leaks from the outside will quickly reach the inside of the building, where they will create mold and other serious damage.
Liquid membranes are cold-applied waterproofing systems that, once in place, harden instantly. They therefore form a full membrane, completely glued and seamless.
Liquid membrane advantages and uses in the construction sector
The use of liquid membranes has many advantages. When we look at some of them, it becomes easy to understand why the construction industry values them so highly.
The ease of application of liquid membranes
Some sealants are sold in rolls. The disadvantage with these is how easy it is to apply them incorrectly. Liquid membranes solve this problem because they are applied like a paint, either by brush, roller or spray. The construction industry finds it beneficial to use this type of product because it can be glued to any surface, which is useful when the area to be covered is a curved or sloped roof. Liquid membranes provide a continuous membrane without overlapping or seams. Other types of membranes do not allow for this.
High elasticity: a sought-after property in construction products
Surfaces exposed to significant temperature variations contract and expand. Products that lack elasticity are likely to crack or break when temperature differences are severe. The elasticity of liquid membranes helps to prevent cracks and other defects that can compromise a building’s quality. Liquid membrane components have the ability to contract and expand according to the normal thermal cycle of the building envelope.
The long service life of liquid membranes
Liquid membranes are durable. Their waterproofing properties last without losing their elasticity. Sheet or roll membranes can peel off over time and are often the source of construction defects. When this happens, water can seep into the building envelope, and it is very difficult to find the source of the infiltration, since regular membranes can detach in several places at the same time. Liquid membranes are fully bonded to the substrate. If a perforation occurs, the source of the infiltration will be located at the very location of the perforation.
Liquid membranes and Adfast: to the construction sector’s rescue
Innovations in the construction sector are always welcomed with open arms. Since their introduction on the market, liquid membranes have provided a solid and long-lasting solution to waterproofing problems.
Adfast distributes and sells assembly, caulking, insulation and protection solutions and is a favorite in the construction industry. For all your waterproofing problems or prevention needs, contact Adfast.