Waterproofing in architecture is a technique that aims to protect buildings from water, humidity and other atmospheric agents. It is an effective and essential solution for maintaining the structural stability of buildings, preventing the formation of mold and allowing for thermal insulation. Waterproofing can be applied to both vertical and horizontal walls, roof or floors and/or terraces.
The most commonly used waterproofing materials include adhesive waterproof films, ceramic tiles coated with waterproof material, bituminous or neoprene membranes reinforced with geotextiles and plastic materials such as polyethylene or PVC. The choice of method mainly depends on the position of the surface to be waterproofed and on the climatic conditions of the area concerned.
Furthermore, when it comes to waterproofing in architecture, it is necessary to keep in mind some general rules relating to water management. The use of properly certified materials can guarantee the effectiveness of the waterproofing in the long term.
Industry professionals can provide specific advice on preliminary planning of the intervention to ensure maximum quality and energy savings. Various standard tests are also available to quantify effectiveness over time.
In addition to protecting structures, objects and furnishings - especially those made of wood - this helps to keep indoor environments healthy for the people who frequent them.