Moisture Barrier for Concrete Floor

We all know that water damage is a significant aspect to be considered when thinking of protecting your building structures long term from the elements. Not all water damage comes from water, though. Moisture plays a role in the degradation and rotting of cement and wood structures that ultimately require additional expense to correct and repair. Most structures are protected against moisture by the use of moisture barriers. Moisture barriers for concrete floors are usually placed beneath them. Some concrete floor types come with an additional moisture barrier layer beneath them.

What does a moisture barrier for concrete floors do?

At its basic, the barrier does not allow any moisture to get into the concrete slab. Though wet when poured, concrete is supposed to dry and remain that way for the future time period. If it cannot remain dry, the floor will slowly begin to disintegrate. Moisture also brings in other associated problems like musty odours, growth of moulds and associated microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. These can cause respiratory problems in humans. The existence of a moisture barrier between the source of water and the concrete floor helps keep the latter dry and safe.

What are moisture barriers for concrete flooring made up of?

Most often, polyethylene sheeting is used in these. This is a material that is impervious to water – meaning it won’t let water in and is unaffected by it. Elastomeric coating and vapour-retarding paint are other materials that act as good moisture barriers. Oil-based paints also do the job well when it comes to protecting your surfaces from water or moisture. Lastly, we also have vinyl wall coverings and extruded polystyrene.

Aqualert Waterproofing has many years of experience in providing the above services. Call us for any of your waterproofing needs!

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