Why You Should Waterproof Your Bathroom

10 October 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


When decorating your bathroom, methods can be used to waterproof surfaces, preventing water from causing damage to your property. Bathroom waterproofing has many advantages, including preventing leaks and damp, increasing the value of your property and increasing insulation.

How can your bathroom be waterproofed?

Bathroom waterproofing can be achieved in different ways. One method is through the use of paint and a waterproof membrane. A primer is applied to the bathroom surfaces, followed by the use of silicone to seal any gaps between the wall and the floor. When the silicone has dried, a waterproofing paint can be applied. The waterproof membrane should be cut to fit each wall. Each length of the membrane is then placed over a bathroom wall and some of the floor. The membrane can be stuck down with the use of a waterproofing agent. This is repeated until the surfaces are completely covered with the membrane. The entire membrane should be painted with coats of a waterproofing paint.

Alternatively, waterproof boards can be used to waterproof bathroom walls. If the room is being tiled, ensure that any gaps are sealed with silicone.

Preventing leaks

Water naturally moves downwards due to the effects of gravity. If there is a crack or weak point in the floor or wall, water can escape and leak through to any rooms below. Additionally, if there are holes in the spaces where the sealant is supposed to be, water can also leak through. Leaks can create damp ceilings and walls. They can also collect around light fixtures which can present a danger to you and your home. Bathroom waterproofing can prevent these leaks from occurring.

Preventing damp and mould

If waterproofing is not used in your bathroom, water can pass through the top layer of the surface, such as through tiles and create damp in structures such as plaster or plywood which can create a health hazard.

Providing insulation

Waterproof boarding is an effective insulator, meaning that less heating is required to warm the room. This will lower your energy costs, as well as provide you with a more comfortable bathroom.

Increasing property value

Bathroom waterproofing can increase the value of your property. This is because it increases the quality of the bathroom.

Design options

Bathroom waterproofing offers different design options. Waterproof boards can create a stud wall, allowing features to be attached to the wall, such as a toilet or basin. Additionally, waterproofing your bathroom means that a shower tray is not necessary, so you can create an open-plan shower.

For more information, get in touch with a company such as Westside Sealants Pty Ltd.