Liquid applied membranes have come a long way in 20 years
Go back 20 years and most skilled roofing contractors would not look seriously at liquid applied membranes as a viable alternative to more traditional products. In those days it would not have been an exaggeration to say that most liquid solutions were held with something approaching contempt – but two decades later, things have really changed.
Nowadays liquid applied membranes are leading way in roofing and structural waterproofing applications and are using advanced technology in their formulation to such an extent that sales in this sector are growing by some 5% to 8% a year according to some industry experts.
The change in technologies have resulted in major improvements so that companies such as Proteus Waterproofing with their market leader Pro System can offer long term solutions to building owners with products that offer a seamless hardwearing protective membranes.
Liquid Membranes are now used on a wide range of roofing, paving, balconies and other structures and are more than capable of performing well in areas of high traffic – both – foot and motorised.
More importantly liquid applied membranes are becoming increasingly attractive as a refurbishment option particularly in the local authority sector due to fast curing times which mean minimum disruption for residents.
Equally as important modern liquid membranes are becoming increasingly odour free resulting in fewer complaints regarding noxious fumes from tenants and a better environment for operatives installing the product on a daily basis.
Once cured, products such as Pro-System provide completely seamless waterproof protection with excellent thermal and UV stability, making it suitable for use whatever the British weather has to offer.
Unlike 20 years ago customers can expect their liquid membrane not to brittle with age, wear away or yellow. Curing using polyurethane based systems, takes place using atmospheric moisture to trigger the process. Such systems can also cure under water without gassing or foaming before becoming resistant to rain damage meaning they can be applied in relatively poor weather without any subsequent loss of performance or durability.
Liquid applied membranes – they really have come a long way in 20 years.