Most balconies last for around 25-30 years. However, if contractors didn't effectively waterproof your balcony, it may last for less time.
Luckily, it may not be too late to get your balcony waterproofed. It's especially important to do this if you're noticing balcony leaks. The damage that water can cause to your balcony can be extremely dangerous.
Liquid-applied roofing can be an excellent material to use for waterproofing your balcony. Read on to learn more about why this is so.
WHAT IS LIQUID-APPLIED ROOFING?
Liquid-applied roofing is a liquid-based coating that roofers often apply on top of roofing systems. Once cured, the liquid becomes a rubber-like, stretchy, and fully waterproof membrane. This bonds to whatever construction material roofing technicians apply it to.
HOW DOES LIQUID-APPLIED ROOFING HELP WATER LEAKS?
Contractors can apply liquid-applied roofing as soon as they're done constructing your roof or balcony. When the material is a liquid, it will flow into any gaps in your roofing system and plug them up. Example gaps include the area around vents, chimneys, etc.
The same ability to flow into gaps can help with balcony and roof leaks. Contractors can apply liquid-applied roofing onto the surface of a damaged roof or balcony. This will plug up the cracks and increase the lifespan of your roof or balcony.
LIQUID-APPLIED ROOFING DOES NOT REVERSE HEAVY DAMAGE
One important fact to keep in mind is that liquid-applied roofing only works with small cracks. It won't keep medium to large-sized holes sealed for very long, if at all. Roof or balcony replacement may be the best solution to such severe damage.
CONSEQUENCES OF NOT WATERPROOFING YOUR BALCONY
Most balconies are either made of concrete or wood. Water can severely damage both of these materials. This damage can be quickened due to the amount of harsh weather Canada experiences.
HOW WATER AFFECTS WOOD
When too much water penetrates wood planks, they undergo many changes. They begin swelling and warping, which will eventually cause the wood to split and crack.
Water can also allow mould and fungi to grow. These will eat away at the wood and cause it to decay. Eventually, the wood balcony will be dangerous to stand on.
HOW WATER AFFECTS CONCRETE
Water can affect concrete as well. It can break concrete down into its structural components of sand and rock. This will cause the concrete to lose its strength over time.
If water penetrates the concrete, it will likely freeze in the cold Canadian weather. The freezing will cause the water to expand and enlarge cracks in the concrete.
WE WILL WATERPROOF YOUR BALCONY FOR YOU
Needless to say, it's best to have contractors apply liquid-applied roofing to your balcony sooner than later. The sooner that they do it, the less damage your balcony will sustain.
We can be the contractors to waterproof your balcony. Here at Flat Roofing Ltd., waterproofing is just one of the several roofing services that we offer. Get started with us by requesting a free assessment on this page.