How do you Know Your Building is Waterproof?

In Minnesota, there are many natural dangers to your building that can slowly damage the structure like insects, wind and the most insidious, water. Whether it’s rain, snow, or ice, years of water slowly seeping into foundations, or a leaking roof or exterior wall can quietly cause thousands of dollars (sometimes tens of thousands of dollars) worth of damage!

Waterproofing your building is an important preventative measure that can protect the structure, and keep it safe. Waterproofing in buildings consists of forming an impervious barrier over the surfaces of the foundation, roof, walls and other structural members to prevent water from penetrating the surface. Using Industry-approved methods and materials all of the building’s surfaces are made water-resistant or waterproof.

Choosing the right commercial painting company is an important decision when it comes to waterproofing your building. Many owners may not be sure if their building has been properly waterproofed in the past, or if certain elements may need re-application. A professional painting contractor can help you to better understand what’s been done, what needs to be done and the best approach or method to take to provide comprehensive protection for your building.

Waterproofing Your Commercial Building

Waterproofing Painting ServiceThe wet weather, snow, and ice can take a real toll on buildings especially in Minnesota. As a result, professional waterproofing is a necessity. Waterproofing is generally required throughout the property, from the basement and foundation to the walls, bathrooms, kitchens, decks, and roof.

A commercial painting company may use the following techniques and materials to effectively waterproof each of the elements of your building and structure. There are several common methods your contractor may employ, depending on the material and areas to be waterproofed. Including:

  • Cementitious– This is the easiest method used, typically in internal areas like bathrooms, as well as parking structures and lots. It is typically a semi-flexible or may be a rigid type of waterproofing. Because it is not exposed to weathering it does not need to go through the expansion and contraction process.
  • Liquid Membrane Method– This is a liquid coating typically applied in three coats – a primer, then two topcoats. It’s applied by roller, spray, or troweled on. The liquid cures into a rubbery coating on the surface. It is often used in roofing.
  • Bituminous Coating– Also called asphalt coating, the most common applications include areas beneath screed (a leveled layer) wet. It’s most often used on surfaces like concrete foundations and roofs.
  • Polyurethane Liquid Membrane Method– This method is typically used on flat roof areas and is designed to be exposed to the weather. It’s expensive but is highly flexible. Because polyurethane is highly sensitive to moisture, it’s crucial to evaluate the moisture content of the area to be coated to prevent premature de-bonding over time.

Fresh Paint will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for your building that will employ some or all of these methods. We can provide you with all your options and ensure that your building is properly waterproofed.

Why Fresh Paint is the Right Commercial Painting Contractor

Properly waterproofing your building is critical for ensuring years of problem-free use. Choosing the right commercial painting partner is an important step. Fresh Paint is a company that has consistently shown that we can deliver what we promise and we have the reviews and reputation to back it up.

Fresh Paint has experience with a variety of commercial spaces like yours and if you have specific needs, like a huge shop with high ceilings, we are knowledgeable guides to ensure you have everything you need. Our team has the tools, and skills to complete your job properly. It’s important that we have a clear understanding of the resources you have available and work with you to design a program that can deliver the high-quality, professional results you need within your budget.

Fresh Paint puts the emphasis on safety. We are working with potentially hazardous materials, in challenging situations, and know how to work safely both for our employees, and yours! We are licensed, insured and bonded for your protection.

Finally, Fresh Paint is environmentally aware and follows environmentally safe procedures. From using less hazardous chemical materials, like low VOC paints, to properly disposing of waste materials, we do everything possible to promote safety for everyone.

Fresh Paint values our assets as much as yours and we are willing to answer your questions at every stage of your project so there’s never any confusion. We take your budget into account and understand your long term goals in order to best meet your needs. When we are finished, your building will be properly waterproofed, completely safe, and ready to serve your needs for years into the future.