Wet rooms in the home often need to go through a tanking process to ensure the walls are prepared to deal with the dampness and water exposure. This is particularly useful for tanking showers. Despite the fact that the bathroom tiles are technically waterproof, it is important to also ensure that each of the joints between each tile is water resistant to avoid any leaking accidents. This can lead to expensive damages to not only your bathroom, but to other areas of the house.
Waterproofing Behind Tiles
Before fitting a new walk-in shower and tiling your bathroom, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure the area is going to be 100% watertight. This is done by sealing the walls with an effective and water resistant sealant such as WT1. What makes WT1 perfect for wet room tanking is the fact that it forms a 100% waterproof membrane without any cracking or shrinking.
Applying WT1 to the walls of your bathroom provides a water resistant barrier that prevents leaks and water damage. Using a liquid membrane beneath your bathroom tiles gives you an added layer of protection. This ensures that the room remains water resistant, even between the tiles. Applying this product to the walls is easy since you can brush, spray or spread the product onto the walls. This creates a smooth and flawless finish that is 100% water resistant.
Using a simple application straight from the container, there is no need to go through extensive lengths to prepare the product, unlike many other damp proofing sealants. It can be rendered or plastered under ideal conditions. This makes it perfect for bathroom tanking because you can tile over the sealant. Another huge advantage of this sealant is the fact that you can paint over it with most regular paints.
WT1 is also perfect for adhering to brick, concrete, metals, polyester, stone, lead and even plastics. The most common applications for WT1 include sealing and waterproofing concrete flat roofs, sloping roofs, balconies, garage floors and patio floors.
Because concrete is absorbent, it needs to be sealed to repair cracks caused by excess water in the concrete pores. This results in cracks and the overall weakening of the structure. Water then finds its way into these cracks. When the water freezes, it expands and can lead to further damage to the tiles and concrete. To avoid this, you need a 100% waterproof roof membrane which will not crack or shrink over time. WT1 is the best roof membrane on the market. Thanks to its advanced technology, it can withstand weather fluctuations and still provide first class results.