By its nature, the bathroom is a damp and wet place. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, avoiding waterproofing measures in the first place can save money but can lead to serious problems in the long run.
Water flowing from the ceiling to the floor, deteriorating tiles, peeling paint, and mold are all part of the reality for a bathroom that hasn’t been waterproofed.
To avoid these drips, leaks, and other unwanted issues, it’s important to make your bathroom more waterproof from the start of your remodeling project.
Be sure to properly waterproof the walls, floors, and ceiling of your bathroom, and for years to come, your bathroom will continue to be the bathroom of your dreams.
Here Are Some Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Waterproof
Unfortunately, the most common mistakes in waterproofing take place during the construction and preparation phase.
When undertaking a bathroom remodeling project, it is crucial that all surfaces are prepared and properly primed and that special attention is given to joints between walls and floors and around drains in the floor.
Surfaces should be smooth, and any excess dirt, grime, or particles accumulated during the renovation process should be removed.
Homeowners could choose to install a polyester backing sheet in the shower’s internal corners or a waterproofing membrane.
This waterproofing membrane can be applied to all surfaces (two coats should be applied), and further work in the bathroom should be avoided until the material has completely dried.
The drying process can take up to 5 days, depending on the humidity level of the climate you live in.
Tile Floors in the Bathroom
As gravity forces the water downward, any cracks in the bathroom floor could cause serious problems.
Weeping water can quickly become dangerous, as the water that gets inside luminaires can cause short circuits and damage electrical installations.
Tile is a great way to keep your floors away from water and prevent water from passing through slats in the floor and making its way to the ceiling on another floor.
If you already have tile flooring installed in your bathroom, be sure to seal the tile grout every year.
Also, the treated tiles provide a non-slip surface, and because of this, they can keep both bathroom surfaces and your family and friends safe.
A Barrier against Humidity
The shower area is a particularly favorable place for moisture build-up and, therefore, mold growth.
Waterproofed panels and gypsum will prevent leaks and mold growth when installed between the wall finish and its insulation.
Be sure to seal your walls after insulating them.
Not only will installing a moisture barrier preserve bathroom surfaces, but it will also help insulate the room.
Having a well-insulated bathroom will keep the heat in, especially during the colder months.
A Waterproof Bathroom Paint
Waterproof paint is available for your bathroom; it’s not a myth.
When using paint in your bathroom, choose a waterproof product to ensure durability.
Make sure the primer has dried completely before going ahead with the paint. Water-proof paints are oil-based; that way, water runs off the surface instead of getting inside.
To use waterproof paint, the same procedure as with regular paint applies, so ensure the bathroom is adequately ventilated while painting.
As mentioned, the bathroom is a very humid place, and the more air can escape from it, the more water-resistant space will be.
As moisture builds up on bathroom surfaces, small black spots will start to grow on freshly painted walls and ceilings, even if waterproof paint has been used.
Mold growth is a nightmare for any homeowner as it can lead to serious health problems.
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Bathroom painting has plenty of room for mistakes, especially if you don’t have the skills, tools, or the required experience.
If you need help repainting your home, our team at Streamline Painting & More can help.
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