As we have said before, waterproofing is an essential step in the construction of a building. Just as there are many reasons to waterproof, there are many methods to get the job done. One of those ways is with a hot fluid-applied waterproofing membrane system. This system is known for its ability to cover large surface areas, which makes it a great choice for your next project.
Hot fluid-applied waterproofing starts with a blend of asphalt and modified rubber polymers that contain mineral stabilizers. Just as the name implies, this membrane is applied when the fluid is extremely hot. The heating takes place in jacketed kettles and typically delivered via pump or by buckets.
The temperature must remain in a certain range specified by the manufacturer, otherwise the fluctuation of temperature, or failure to keep the fluid within the specified range, will cause the product to break down and cannot cure once installed. Most manufacturers keep the acceptable range between 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is possible for the hot fluid applied waterproofing system to be applied on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. This ability makes the system a great choice for many applications, such as parking decks, tunnels, roofs, foundation walls, below-grade waterproofing, and open plaza decks. Nearly any area that needs reliable waterproofing can have a hot fluid system installed.
There are many reasons to choose a hot rubberized waterproofing system, and when you understand its main functions, it will become an easy decision to make. First, hot fluid systems eliminate seams that could cause potential issues, particularly on rooftops. Next, the risk of leaks is severely reduced. And last, the finish is more aesthetically pleasing compared to other waterproofing options.
As your crew will work with extremely hot materials, safety precautions need to be strictly followed. The kettle must never be left unattended. As this is clearly important for the well-being of the work crew and the job site, it also plays into the importance of keeping the materials at the right temperature. Rely not only on the kettle’s temperature probe, but also have a handheld thermometer on site to take random samples to ensure the hot fluid is still within the proper range.
Preparation also applies to the extreme importance of safety and the importance of the construction zone. When not properly prepped, the surface can lack the adhesion that is necessary for the membrane. Excess levels of moisture will also cause an issue when it comes time to cure, and bubbles in the substrate can lead to water intrusion.
When your next job requires a reliable waterproofing system for a large surface area, consider the advantages of hot fluid applied waterproofing. DC Byers Company is experienced in the design and installation of commercial waterproofing systems for new and existing structures. DC Byers Company/Grand Rapids is an industry leader in the preparation and application of waterproofing materials and membranes.
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