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Waterproofing: Types and Advantages

Read on and find out waterproofing types and advantages!

The moisture on surfaces is one of the most common problems in any construction. However, this situation is easy to eradicate as long as an effective waterproofing system is in place in the construction process.

In this regard, this article answers some of the most frequently asked questions about waterproofing systems, including their types and advantages.

What is Waterproofing?

Waterproofing substances are made of resins, glass fibers, emulsions, polymers and other materials applied to a surface to prevent water or other liquids seep. You can obtain the waterproofing amount you need by dividing the total m2 of your area to be covered by the performance specified by the manufacturer.

 Usually, they are used in the coating of ceilings, terraces, balconies, storage tanks, basements, cisterns, swimming pools, planters or foundations to eliminate leaks and isolate water or water vapor to keep surfaces dry.

 Types of Waterproofing

There are different types of waterproofing, depending on the materials of its composition. Below are the main ones, with their characteristics, surfaces and application tools:

Acrylics or Liquids

Acrylic waterproofers are a mixture of polymers, pigments, powders, and various additives. Visually, they are very similar to exterior paint.

You need a sealer and an ixtle brush as tools for this type of waterproofing. The first covers the porosity of the surface to be waterproofed, the commercial sealant protects the cracks, and the brush guarantees a uniform application.

In cases where cracks are formed on the surface and significant structural movements, it is recommended to use a reinforcing fabric placed between each layer of waterproofing.

 Asphalt

These are composed of asphalt dissolved in a solvent or emulsified with water, glass fibers, powders and hydrocarbon resins.

If the surface you are going to waterproof is in eventual contact with water, a waterproofing of this type is probably the best solution. 

In asphalt waterproofing, you also need a sealer or primer, in addition to a sealer and an ixtle brush. The first covers the porosity of the surface to be waterproofed, the sealer protects the cracks, and the brush guarantees a uniform application. 

Due to its color and nature, all asphalt waterproofing tends to degrade very quickly. The use of reflective paint or coating is recommended to avoid this, which (as its name implies) covers and reflects the sun’s rays, increasing the useful life of the waterproofing.

Cementitious

As its name suggests, they are made from cement; that is to say, of lime, silicates and iron oxide. This type of waterproofing is very resistant to the elements, goes well with temperate and cold climates, provides great durability and prevents the appearance of saltpeter. This whitish and cottony saline substance generally accumulates on the walls.

Essentially, this type of waterproofing is used in cisterns, dikes, water storage tanks or retaining walls. In cementitious waterproofing, you require: 

  • a chisel
  • cementitious mortar
  • epoxy injection adhesive
  • a propeller drill and 
  • a plastic fiber brush.

The chisel is useful for preparing the cracks while the mortar fills them. The adhesive repairs concrete elements that have any damages, the drill is used to mix quickly, and the brush is the waterproofing application tool. 

Prefabricated Mantles

They are waterproofing ready to apply using glue or heat (thermofusion). They can be asphalt, PVC or TPO in nature. These are formed using polymers obtained by combining two or more identical molecules.

The main characteristic of prefabricated waterproofing is its great waterproof capacity and resistance to contraction and expansion. The torch or heat (as the case may be) is essential to apply precast waterproofing. This is ideal for a surface with high traffic and exposure to UV rays.

Polyurethanes

Polyurethane waterproofers have enormous flexibility and excellent durability properties. They are made from polyurethane resins, either dissolved in water or 100% solid. The cost of a waterproofer can vary depending on the warranty it offers. The higher-priced ones usually have a more extensive warranty.

Advantages of Waterproofing

Below are the four main advantages of waterproofing to protect and extend the life of your surfaces:

  • It protects and isolates your building from the rain.
  • Reduces the internal temperature and creates more comfortable environments.
  • It is used on a wide range of surfaces.
  • They adapt to any waterproofing need.

If you’re planning to waterproof your commercial property and need personalized advice about which waterproofing system to choose, contact A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing, specialists in painting and waterproofing. A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing offers commercial waterproofing and painting services for South Florida and Central Florida high-rise buildings. For more information about commercial sealants and painting services and electrostatic painting, visit www.a-1tropic.com.

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Does Your Property Need Waterproofing? Yes! Here’s Why

Commercial Waterproofing

Your commercial building in South Florida is constantly being exposed to wet conditions. Sometimes it is in the form of rainfall or a tropical storm but is most commonly caused by humidity. Commercial waterproofing in South Florida can go a long way in protecting your property, which can be as big an investment as your home. With so many expenses involved in your property’s upkeep, waterproofing may be the last on your list. However, this is a preventative measure that you can’t afford to neglect, especially in a tropical environment such as South Florida.

What is Waterproofing? 

When you want your property to be resistant to water, you perform a process known as waterproofing. This is performed on the exterior of the building but helps it become more breathable which prevents moisture buildup from occurring inside. It is recommended that you waterproof your building to prevent damage, but if you neglect to do so, the building will reveal the need for waterproofing in multiple ways. 

  • Water enters the space 
  • Floors, walls, and drywall get wet
  • Condensation 
  • Windows develop leaks
  • White stains develop on walls

4 Ways You Benefit from Waterproofing

Water damage can lead to serious problems with the integrity of the building’s foundation, resulting in costly repairs. Furthermore, the damp environment within your building can cause mold and mildew to develop, which can lead to health issues for anyone who enters the building. You are certain to benefit from waterproofing in several ways. 

Save Money

If you hesitate to waterproof your building because you think it’s expensive and unnecessary, consider the cost of damages when flooding does occur. Flood damage is not uncommon in Florida, as it is considered a high-risk state for flooding. Even parts of Florida that are marked as low-risk can experience such damage. In truth, the upfront cost of waterproofing services is nothing compared to the potential out-of-pocket costs when flooding occurs. Additionally, waterproofing puts money towards your investment, as the property value may increase as a result.

Prevents Rot

Consistent exposure to moisture can cause rot to develop in your building. Remember that moisture can attack your property in many forms – rain, humidity, even sprinklers, and drain pipes can wreak havoc to a property. A moist environment is perfect for plants to thrive and as they grow closer to your building, they add to your water problems by holding in moisture which is then dispersed all around them. All of this will result in rot, which can cause the building to collapse if neglected. 

Even buildings that use steel instead of wood can suffer from rot. If the building is not breathable, then rot will form, causing the building to rust. As a result, the foundation will inevitably fail.

UV Resistant

Much like you apply sunscreen to protect your skin against ultraviolet radiation (UV), you must protect a building with waterproofing. This process will add a barrier of protection that helps the building become capable of withstanding harmful UV rays. Many individuals don’t stop to think about this, but UV damage is a possibility among buildings and it can weaken the structure’s material, as well as the contents inside the building.

Increases Energy-Efficiency

If you are constantly scratching your head over ways to save money on your commercial property, this is one solution. Energy costs on your commercial space will decrease, as waterproofing helps buildings become more energy-efficient. By preventing water and moisture to enter, it regulates the temperature inside. As a result, the HVAC system does not have to work harder to compensate for the changes in temperature. This will decrease your electricity bill, putting more money in your wallet or towards expenses that can improve your business.

Contact A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing

Waterproofing is an integral part of maintaining the health of your commercial building. When you need service you can count on, contact our team today. We have served Florida for over 35 years, specializing in commercial painting and waterproofing services for high-rise condominiums and commercial buildings. Our business has been built on a reputation of outstanding workmanship thanks to a team of highly qualified and skilled waterproofing contractors.

Our certified contractors use only the highest-grade coatings and bring extensive experience in:

  • Offices 
  • High-rises
  • Condominium and HOA communities
  • Hotels
  • Shopping centers
  • Medical and care facilities
  • Warehousing
  • Schools and colleges

For commercial waterproofing in South Florida, contact A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing. Call (888)367-2706 for a project quote.

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Commercial Buildings Exterior Painting Guide

2020 Painting Guide for Commercial Properties in Florida

Paint colors can induce a variety of emotions, from anxiety to peace and serenity. Color also has the ability to impact employee productivity due to the associated feelings it elicits among men and women, which can be vastly different. Plus, we know how important branding is to a business’s success and color in itself can be part of your brand. This makes choosing the perfect paint color(s) for your commercial building one of the most important decisions you can make for your business

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing an exterior paint color for your commercial building:

Consider your building’s architecture – Your building’s exterior materials (like wood, brick, metal, etc.) determine the appearance of the paint color and how long it’ll last. For example, wood requires a different painting technique than concrete, and the natural wood chips a lot faster than concrete.

Look at your surroundings – Take things like landscaping, color of surrounding sidewalks and parking lots, the color of nearby buildings and your neighborhood into consideration. Choose a color that complements your landscaping if you have bright flowers or lush grass.  If you have neutral sidewalks, parking structures or neighboring buildings, decide if you want your building to blend in or stand out.

Take into account your brand –  Your commercial building is the first impression you will make with customers and tenants. Think about what you want its look to convey on first sight. Complement your brand by utilizing colors that reflect your style guidelines to ensure a consistent brand. If your company is a fun start-up, you will probably want to experiment with color whereas professional service companies may want to use more traditional neutral colors or shades.

Look at what’s trendingPantone’s “Color of the Year” sets the tone across many industries, including home décor, clothing, and tech, and is a great place to start your research.

When it comes to choosing a paint color for the interior, gender and job function are big influencers of how color is perceived.

  • A study by the University of British Columbia shows the color red increases performance in employees who have detail-oriented assignments, so it’s a productive color for professions like sales or manual labor since it raises heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Blue is a calming color that promotes communication and collaboration, making it a great choice for meeting rooms. A national survey of 1,000 office workers found blue to be their preferred hue. One researcher concluded that the perfect palette balances relaxing blue-green with accents of motivating, soft red.
  • A bright yellow can cause anxiety for some, so it’s better used as an accent color since it does have some positive attributes for certain professions. Those in creative positions find yellow to be optimistic and fun so when combined with a calming color like blue it boosts focus. 
  • Green is another color that has a calming effect and promotes creativity.
  • Gray can be too calming, eliciting depression and hibernation.

In the end, everyone perceives color based on their personal experiences so there isn’t one perfect color to paint your offices and cubicles to increase productivity.

For more than 30 years, A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing has been dedicated to making sure your project is done correctly, on time, every time. Let us help you choose a color palette that works for your commercial building. Check our references, see our work and give us a call at (561) 670-2653.

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Condominium and High-Rise Re-Painting Checklist

Do you Live in a Condominium or High-Rise Building in South Florida? See Our Checklist for Condo Re-Painting Projects.

The decision to repaint a condo is usually made by an association, so reaching a consensus when it comes to color, cost and work plan may be difficult. But one thing everyone can agree on is the need for a quality and professional paint job. To maintain your residents’ investment, here is a checklist of things for condo associations to keep in mind when beginning a repainting project:

Involve the Owners

A home is one of the biggest investments a person can make, so continued maintenance is important to most homeowners. Before you choose a commercial painting contractor, communicate with owners your vision, scope of work, the process for selecting a condo painter, and involve them in the process of selecting colors. If their daily lives will be impacted in any way, make your residents aware well in advance. A fresh coat of paint can also bring attention to other areas that are looking drab so consider any additional services, like pressure cleaning, that may be needed.

Know The Type of Paint You Want to Use

The old adage is true: You get what you pay for. High-quality paint produces high-quality results. Decide which paint manufacturer you would like to use. The best way to do this is by asking colleagues, other commercial building owners, partners or industry experts. Once you have selected a preferred manufacturer, your next step is to find a commercial painting contractor, preferably one who is familiar with applying your paint of choice. It’s always best to ask for referrals from colleagues and/or ask your prospective condo painters for references and follow up with them. Also, try to find a condo painter who offers ton waterproofing in case issues are spotted during the project. If your building is a high-rise, look for painters who specialize in high-rise painting.

Find a Full-Service Company

Save yourself time by hiring a full-service painting company that also offers additional services like pressure cleaning and concrete repairs. These services are essential in preparing the building’s surface and ensuring a long-lasting paint coating. If there are cracks or leaks to the exterior of your building, a painting company that specializes in waterproofing and sealants is necessary.

Finalize the Contract

The contract is especially important as the project is an investment made by the condo’s HOA. After selecting a commercial painting contractor, read over the terms of the contract carefully. Note the scope of work, project timeline, and that it specifies the type of paint and products that will be used. Make sure any additional services like waterproofing is included.  

Once your project plan is finalized, share it with the residents so everyone is aware of how long the project will take, who will be on-site and what, if any, impact it will have on their daily lives during the duration of the project.

For more than 30 years, A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing has been dedicated to making sure your project is done correctly, on time, every time. Check our references, see our work and give us a call at (561) 670-2653.

Checklist for Hiring a Commercial Painting Contractor in South Florida

The decision to paint your commercial building is one that should not be taken lightly. There’s the cost, potential impact on business, disruptions to employee working conditions, and much more. But there’s no need to fret – we’re here to help! We’ve put our more than 30 years of experience in commercial painting and waterproofing to work for you by creating this handy checklist of things to consider before hiring a commercial painting contractor.

Before you get your business painted, be sure you cover all bases by asking for the following information:

Painting Licenses

All professional commercial painting contractors in Florida must have a contractor license from the Construction Industry Licensing Board. There is no license specific to painting work, so a general license will cover any work done. This contractor’s license can be for residential work, commercial work or both. The State of Florida has two types of licenses: registered and certified. A registered contractor is licensed to work at a local level. A certified contractor can work anywhere in the state. A painting contractor should have at least 4 years of working experience and must have passed the state certification exam. In order to obtain the license, a contractor is required to:

  • Show proof of at least 4 years of experience
  • Pass the state certification exam
  • Show proof of Workers’ Compensation if you have employees

Bonding

A Florida Contractor License Bond is often required by the State of Florida and its local municipalities of general, electrical, roofing, HVAC, and other types of contractors. The Florida Contractor License Bond typically seeks to ensure that a contractor will adhere to state statutes and local municipal codes. Some forms of these bonds are often referred to as Florida Code Compliance Surety Bonds.

Insurance

Insurance not only protects the painting contractor but it also prevents you from being held responsible for any injuries occurred during the project. General liability insurance protects paint contractors from bodily injury and property damage claims. Another must-have is the Workers’ Compensation which covers employees’ job-related injuries. Contractors are required to make certain that all sub-contractors have the required Workers’ Comp Insurance before they begin work on a project.

Quality of Materials

The quality of paint and other materials used will determine how professional your finished product looks. Have the brand names of the paint in writing, as well as any other materials used, and check that all cans are sealed before they’re opened for use on your project.

Check References

Reputation matters. Be sure to not only get the names of recommendations from your contractor but ask for work samples and follow up with customer recommendations to make sure they are a good fit. Ask them about the experience and professionalism of the team, if expectations were met, etc.

Satisfaction Guarantee

Once the project is complete, confirm that an inspection will be conducted with the contractor to ensure the end product meets and exceeds your expectations. If it doesn’t, clarify if they have a “satisfaction guaranteed” process.

Value

While it can be tempting to save money and go for the lowest bid, make sure the contractor is not sacrificing quality in order to come in with the lowest bid, which is, unfortunately, a common practice. Ask about the qualifications of the team who will be working on your project, materials used, who will be leading the project, etc. A professional painting company will provide you with a solid work plan.

For more than 30 years, A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing has been dedicated to making sure your project is done correctly, on time, every time. Check our references, see our work and give us a call at (561) 670-2653.

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5 Signs Your Building Needs Waterproofing

Humidity, constant sunshine and rainy summers – Floridians deal with these elements every day. But so does your commercial building. It is exposed to the elements 356 days of the year, so protecting your exterior from potential damage is an important factor in preventing damage to your structure and ensuring your business operations aren’t impacted by emergency repairs that could have easily (and inexpensively) been prevented.

Here are 5 early warning signs that your building needs commercial waterproofing:

  1. Coating Bubbles

Heat and water can cause your paint to become loose from its foundation. Liquid-filled osmotic blistering is one of the most common failure modes for coatings in wet service environments and is often due to a poor coatings process. Non-osmotic blistering occurs when bubbles form within or on one of the surfaces of a coating. Bubbles or blisters on the lower portion of your wall mean that water might be invading your structure from groundwater making its way up, a poor damp-proof course, or high exterior ground levels. Waterproofing with a strong PVC plastic is the best solution for rising damp. A chemical or physical waterproof barrier can also be built to keep moisture out.

  • Penetrating Dampness

Mold and musty smells can be signs of cracks in your exterior wall, a roof leak or poor waterproofing. Indoor leaks in more rigid areas call for cement waterproofing, whereas those in areas that require more flexibility should use a rubbery waterproofing membrane. If you’re in need of something in the middle, the bituminous coating provides strong reinforcement and is the solution for ceiling leaks and the like. This coating is self-adhesive and provides a barrier through the combination of polymers and asphalt. Flat roofs need a stronger coating such as a polyurethane liquid membrane.

  • Changes to Your Flooring

Warped wooden floors are a clear sign of moisture absorption. For tile, loosening is indicative of moisture and for concrete floors, look for a floor that pops out. The ASTM F-2170 standard uses thermo-hygrometer probes to diagnose humidity deep within the flooring to determine where waterproofing is needed. A solution like a sealant installation with waterproof epoxy can protect cement floors from rising and penetrative damp.

  • Efflorescence

Water-soluble salt floating through and rising to the surface of your mortar is apparent when you see white powder on the surface. Even though you can clean off the powder, the root of the problem will still exist. Waterproofing should be performed after determining the source of the moisture.

  • Condensation

Condensation leads to mold which leads to potential health issues for your buildings’ occupants. Anti-condensation paint is an effective waterproofing solution, along with sealants and insulation suitable for your building. These keep surfaces warm to prevent additional condensation.

Regular inspections of your commercial building help identify potential moisture issues before they become emergencies. Be sure to call a commercial waterproofing contractor at the first sign of water damage. For more than 30 years, A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing has been dedicated to making sure your project is done correctly, on time, every time. Check our references, see our work and give us a call at (561) 670-2653.