Internal Wet Area & Bathroom Waterproofing, Melbourne
Bathrooms and showers are the most used wet areas of any home, so; when it comes to bathroom waterproofing in Melbourne selecting the correct membrane for your project is crucial.
At Australian Waterproofing Company, we work with a number of different membranes including hybrid polyurethane and acrylics where more brittle monomeric membranes might fail. We partner the major waterproofing manufactures who are committed to continue developing products to meet the Australian Standards and harsh environment, so that we can offer superior quality services that has to deal with bathroom waterproofing in Melbourne.
If you are looking for a service that has to do with bathroom waterproofing in Melbourne, because you are constructing a new bathroom and shower or renovating an existing internal wet area then it becomes imperative to install a membrane that is fit for purpose and applied correctly by a qualified applicator. Supervisors and installers should be aware of how the selected waterproofing system is designed to work in conjunction with AS 3740—2010 Waterproofing of Wet Areas within Residential Buildings. It is also important that the waterproofing membrane installed is compatible with the finished floor system, such as under floor heating, floor and wall tiles and their adhesives. At Australian Waterproofing Company, we use this as a standard practice to fulfil your waterproofing needs.
Issues with internal wet areas like bathroom waterproofing
Waterproofing of wet areas, such as bathrooms, shower recesses and bath hobs, are consistently among the most common reoccurring problematic areas. They are considered a category one (major) building defect among home-owner complaints about defective wet areas; ranking third highest overall. By using the qualified waterproofing technicians from Australian Waterproofing Company for bathroom waterproofing in Melbourne, you can rest assured of the correct diagnosis and give your project the best chance of a long term waterproofing solution.
Design – What you need to know prior to waterproofing
- Shower walls – are to be waterproofed to 150mm above shower floor substrate, or 25mm above maximum retained water level. Shower walls are to be water resistant to 1800mm from finished floor level or 150mm above the fixed shower head.
- All internal and external corners and horizontal joints are to be waterproofed within the shower area. Plasterboard joints (outside shower) that extend inside shower areas must be waterproof.
- Unenclosed shower areas are to be waterproofed to 1800mm from shower.
- Tap-penetrations are to be sealed. Further, tap washers must be accessible without damaging the seal around tap penetrations.
- Floors and horizontal surfaces adjoining an insert-bath are to be waterproofed.
- Where the floor is waterproofed, the tanking of the walls is to be a minimum of 25mm above the finished floor level.
- Bond-breakers must be installed, in cases where the membrane is bonded to the substrate, at all wall-to-floor and hob-to-wall junctions and at movement joints.
- Hobs must be constructed of masonry, concrete or similar material. Hobs should NOT be constructed of timber. Hobs must be adequately secured to the floor.
- Water-stop angle to shower area must be finished flush with the top of the finished floor level. This angle forms part of the waterproofing system and must be installed prior to the installation of the waterproofing system.
- Enclosed and Unenclosed hob-less showers must be fitted with water-stop angles. The vertical leg of the angle must finish a minimum of 5mm above the level of the finished floor.
- Fixing penetrations must be sealed. Flashing in all wet areas apply to bathrooms and toilets, but do not apply to kitchens
- Frameless shower screens require a full floor waterproofing system or 1800mm radius from shower rose and, where water stop angles are installed angles must be made visible through tile bed.
- Water stop must be installed in all wet-areas doorways.