It doesn’t matter whether you have moved to a new house, building a new house or just wants some updates on your old home; your bathroom should be at the centre of your investments. In most cases, it can be straightforward to prioritize other things in your home and forget your bathroom.
Though, you should bear in mind that a high end and a beautiful bathroom is a good investment. This will attract additional money from buyers and also add value to your property. With that in mind, I know you are already thinking about the best quality fixtures and fittings. However, there’s something else that you should talk about-Bathroom waterproofing.
Why bathroom waterproofing?
Taking the time to invest money on bathroom waterproofing is very important. There are numerous advantages to bathroom waterproofing. First and foremost, this is one of the considerations that constructors consider before laying the tiles. This is clear that in most cases, bathroom waterproofing is inevitable.
In Australia, there are many considerations that someone should have before you proceed to waterproof your bathroom. The Australian councils require that showers be waterproofed up to a height of 1800 mm.
The perimeter of the bathroom should be waterproofed up to 100mm in the case where the wall doesn’t get direct exposure to water. For your shower repairs and waterproofing needs call you specialist Shower repairs and waterproofing company.
The main advantage of bathroom waterproofing is the fact that it ensures the bathroom remains dry underneath your tiles.
When a shower is not waterproofed, there is the risk of leakage. This will usually come from the grout around the tiles. The leakages can lead to damage underneath your tiles, can leak through walls and damage other rooms and foundations. In this case, it can be costly to replace the tiles and also to repair the damaged areas.
Types of shower waterproofing systems
The process of waterproofing a bathroom can look natural, especially when shower waterproofing experts are doing it. Though, there’s a lot of technical terms and expertise at the background. Now let’s get to the four main types of shower waterproofing systems.
Liquid waterproofing membranes
You will hear the experts talking about the Hydro ban, regard and AquaDefense. The reason why they are somewhere in the formula is that they are the most common liquid water-proofers.
The advantage of liquid waterproofing membranes is the fact that you can build your shower to any configuration and eventually paint the walls with any of the liquid waterproofing materials. However, some details, such as the MIL Thickness, mud beds, cure times, and reinforcing with fabric should be addressed.
Bonded sheet membranes are another type of bathroom waterproofing systems.
Shower Waterproofing regulations
Before you take any action in bathroom waterproofing and tiling, you will have to ensure that the company you are choosing has complied with all the bathroom regulations and the existing waterproofing and tiling regulations. In Australia, you need to be aware of the below rules:
- State by state regulations
- Floor waste regulations
- Waterproofing regulations
- Licenced installers
The fact is that there are regulations in the country that sets the limit on the materials to be used in the bathroom, who should do that and the skills they should possess. Just remember that not anybody can renovate your bathroom.
In Australia, there are regulations on who can do bathroom waterproofing, the types of projects they can use and many other things.
We all understand that waterproofing is an essential part of any bathroom renovation. All the regulations are covered by the Australian Standard AS 3940-1994. This act was updated in 2004 and applied in all the states.
In 2004, they had to add some new standards that stipulate the type of materials that should be used in bathroom renovations. The materials should be able to withstand the movement and exposure to cleaning products, including soaps. One necessary regulation is the one that states full floor waterproofing is required when using Plywood sub-surfaces or Particleboard.
All the regulations apply to new bathrooms and the renovated bathrooms across Australia. The company you are about to choose should issue a compliance certificate before you get into an agreement.
What is needed for bathroom waterproofing?
There are a few tools and materials that will be needed for bathroom waterproofing. Some of these tools and materials include:
- Waterproofing Membrane
- Tile Cutter
- Silicone Gun and silicone
- Spirit level
- Utility knife
- Paint scraper
- Masking tape
- Paint roller and tray
1. How to waterproof a bathroom step by step Guide
2. Use a broom and a dustpan or even a vacuum cleaner to clean the floor
3. Apply the primer using painters roller tray
4. Wait for the primer to dry and once it has dried, think of sealing all the gaps with silicone
5. Stick masking tapes on the wall to be able to cut in like a regular painting job
6. Apply the waterproofing material/ and add the membrane
7. After you have painted the membrane with a waterproofing product, wait for it to dry and eventually start to pain the entire floor.
Bathroom waterproof mistakes and best practices
Bathroom waterproofing failure comes at a huge loss and can lead to dangerous damage to your bathroom or house. To get you through anxiety-free, check the below bathroom waterproofing mistakes and the best practice.
Water-resistant vs. waterproof debate – there’s a hot debate between those two terms. To understand this, waterproofing materials are those that can withstand significant water splashing and act like plastic bags. One the other hand, water-resistant materials are those that will only withstand some minor splashing. Confusing, in this case, can be costly.
Design mistakes – When you are doing the waterproofing, the design should be perfect. If this is not done the right way, there are chances that you will regret in future.
Lack of full shower screen – In this case, the water can escape through the enclosure very easily. This can end up causing expensive damage.
Screwing the doorstop through the floor straight to the waterproofing material – This will allow room for water to get past the waterproofing materials.
The best practices
Choose the best waterproofing materials and membranes-This will ensure durability, safety and comfort to the user.
Consider the compatibility of the waterproofing materials with the surrounding materials. This comes in, especially when you are considering substrate and finishes.
Don’t save too much money-Saving too much money leads to reduced services and the use of inferior quality materials. Although you should save some money in this case, you shouldn’t keep a lot and compromise on the quality.
Choose the best service providers in Australia. There are countless competitors in the market with varying experience, expertise and rates. Take your time to choose the best of all and the one with the hottest deal.
At Cohuna Bathroom Renovation, our professionals know just the right way to make you happy forever with affordable rates that can be negotiated as well. Contact us at 0491 709 756 or email us at [email protected]