Do Balconies Need To Be Waterproofed?

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Does your new commercial property have balconies? How are you preparing them for South Florida’s heavy rains?

Balconies, like all tiled areas that get wet, need to be waterproofed to prevent water or moisture from entering. If you want to make sure that your building’s balconies have protection against water damage, professional waterproofing is necessary. Neglecting to do so can have some serious consequences, particularly ones that require expensive repairs. 

Typically lasting around 10 years, waterproofing is a proactive solution that can help maintain your commercial building’s overall appearance and structure. 

Keep reading to learn when and why you should waterproof your commercial building’s balcony. 

Is it better to waterproof your balcony before tiling? Yes!

It’s definitely more prudent to waterproof your balcony before tiling it. Doing so will raise the level of protection to the surface and structure. Tile will trap water between the tile itself and the balcony which will eventually cause damage.

Waterproofing before tiling creates a strong, reliable barrier that can prevent water from getting in. From day one, your balcony will have solid protection against water infiltration.

5 Reasons Why You Should Waterproof Under Your Balcony’s Tiles 

Your balcony’s tiles are more resilient when they’re waterproofed. With more durable tiles, your balcony can then be significantly sturdier and safer. Besides that, as waterproofing prevents water from seeping in, you’ll have fewer water damage repairs to take care of.

To protect your balcony from water:

The main reason to waterproof your balcony is to prevent water damage. There’s a greater risk of leaks, cracks, and chips when a balcony is unprotected. Keeping water out reduces the risk of concrete deterioration, color loss, and other structural damage caused by moisture.

To maintain its structural soundness:

In addition to rain and humidity, balconies are constantly exposed to UV rays, all of which can damage concrete and metal reinforcements over time. With waterproofing, you’re adding another layer of protection that can help keep both your commercial property and its balconies structurally sound.

To prevent mold from developing:

Since it provides a barrier against moisture, waterproofing can help prevent mold and mildew from forming, saving you the time and hassle of regular mold cleaning. 

To keep its tiles in good condition: 

Without proper waterproofing, water can seep through their grout lines, reach the concrete below, and eventually lead to loose or cracked tiles that need to be replaced. Keep your balcony’s tiles sealed.

To preserve your balcony’s appearance: 

With less mold, cracked tiles, and water damage maintaining the appearance of your balcony becomes much easier. As a result, you get an inviting outdoor space that will look well-kept and fantastic for many years..

Count On Our Commercial Painting & Waterproofing Experts 

Tiling your balcony? Make us your first call for waterproofing!

Contact Sepi Painting & Waterproofing today for a free estimate!