The Ultimate Guide to Waterproofing Your House

The Ultimate Guide to Waterproofing Your House

March 9, 2022

Water damage can often go unnoticed for years. It creeps through the walls and floors, damaging the structure of the entire building. Don’t wait for the roof to collapse to take care of the problem. Waterproof your home to protect it from water infiltration. This is a vital step during the new construction and renovation of the house. You can also consider roof and wall waterproofing if you notice the paint bubbling or chipping, or dampness in the walls at any time.

Waterproofing can help:

  • Prevent moisture accumulation in the walls
  • Maintain the structural integrity of the building
  • Add a protective layer
  • Deliver a water vapour barrier

In a country that sees heavy monsoons and high heat and humidity, sealing off and protecting surfaces can be done with waterproof paints for a seamless membrane-like coating. Your house will require a scientific approach for home waterproofing during construction. Take a look.

A Strong Foundation

The first step is building a strong structure, with waterproofing the foundation, roof, brickwork and plastering. For this, start off on the right note with a Berger waterproofing product like Cementmix Plus, a liquid product meant specifically for cement and plaster. On curing, it enhances the waterproofing capabilities of concrete, mortar and plaster. Its plasticizing properties make the concrete denser and prevent bleeding or segregation. It is also corrosion-resistant and water impermeable.

From Pillar to Post

The high-strength, load-bearing pillars hold your home up for generations. Make sure they are protected against the elements with Berger Rheo Crete – PC, a super plasticizer that ensures powerful water reduction while offering excellent flow-ability. It is especially recommended for precast concrete and high-strength structures. In fact, right at the shuttering stage, when the temporary mould is created to pour the concrete in, an effective mould release agent should be used. Berger Mould Release Oil works wells for metal moulds, ensuring wide coverage and smooth release.

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Water, Water Everywhere

Special attention also needs to be paid to areas of the home that are highly exposed to water, such as bathrooms, kitchens, water tanks, swimming pools, etc. Not only should a super grout be applied to these areas, prior to tiling, a high-performance home waterproofing product like Berger Latex Shield 2k should also be used. Specially formulated for water retaining structures, this product forms a protective elastomeric layer on the surface to prevent water infiltration. It can be used for both interior and exterior surfaces, before applying waterproof paint. It also works well for basements and masonry walls exposed to heavy rain, preventing concrete carbonation and chloride ion diffusion.

For water tanks and swimming pools, Berger Paints waterproofing solutions like Tankshield PW is a great deal. It meets the stringent requirements of the Global Migration Test of the US FDA. 

A Secure Roof

The roof of your home needs extra protection since it bears the brunt of weather elements. So, it requires as much attention as wall waterproofing. Berger WeatherCoat Kool & Seal, made of 100% Acrylic Elastomeric Polymer, ensures excellent crack bridging. It reflects both visible and infrared radiation, minimising heat build-up on the roof. This coating is suitable for flat roofs, sloping terraces, roof slabs, parapets and chajjas. In addition, Berger Roofguard should be applied to cementitious waterproofing products to create a durable and seamless membrane to prevent water penetration. This product is made of special-quality acrylic polymer and reinforcing fibres for added protection.

Interior and Exterior Tiling

Now that the roof, walls and water-exposed areas are taken care of, it is time to beautify the home with luxurious tiles. But these need to be protected against water infiltration too. Here too, Berger Paints waterproofing solutions come to the rescue with Tile Adhesive Plus, a ready-to-use, high-end, polymer-modified cement-based tile adhesive powder that ensures excellent tile bonding with a variety of cementitious surfaces, including concrete and plaster. It can also be used for tile-on-tile bonding. You can further improve water resistance with Berger Tile Grout, specially formulated to offer low shrinkage.

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Beautiful Exteriors

To protect your parking area or roof garden, use Berger Proshield P/H/F, formulated with distilled bitumen, modified with Atactic Polypropylene polymers to provide outstanding ageing performance. You can use it to waterproof basements, bridge decks, and other exteriors.

For the best results, use a high-quality putty, followed by a primer, such as Berger Seal-O-Prime, the only product in India with a triple booster formulation to protect against dampness, alkalinity and efflorescence. It also offers the perfect undercoat for waterproof wall paint, for both interiors and exteriors.
Sound a bit too much? Don’t worry. Just hire Berger Express painting professionals for the task. Their perfect Home Shield solutions offer hassle-free and long-lasting waterproofing solutions.


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