Masonry waterproofers are designed to keep water out of your masonry and brickwork, in order to prevent mold and mildew from growing inside their porous surfaces. Masonry waterproofers come in a variety of different types, all of which provide a different set of benefits to the surface that they are applied to. Understanding the differences between the various types of masonry waterproofers can help you decide the one that is the best fit for your project.
Clear masonry sealant does not completely waterproof the masonry that it is applied to, but instead provides a water repelling barrier that keeps water from being absorbed into the masonry. They are applied as a sealant over the surface of the masonry. As their name suggests, they are completely transparent, though they are designed to enhance the natural color of the masonry which they are applied to. Clear sealants tend to be the most common type of masonry sealant used for construction projects, as it is also the most affordable.
Pigmented waterproofers actually do waterproof the surface that they are applied to, causing moisture to simply roll off the material. They resemble decking stain, in that they are absorbed directly into the masonry. They include a pigment, which not only allows you to customize the aesthetic of your masonry installation but also protects your masonry from UV damage. This makes pigmented waterproofers ideal for masonry that is located outside, as they will help prevent the color of your masonry from fading due to extended sun exposure.
Film Forming Coatings
Film forming coatings are different from the above two types of waterproofers. They more closely resemble a paint than a sealant or stain. They create a film over the masonry that they are applied to which creates an impermeable barrier that keeps water from seeping through. Film forming coatings come in a wide variety of different colors and finishes, which means that you can customize the appearance of your masonry installation very easily with a high gloss coating.
This aesthetic appeal makes film forming coatings ideal for masonry installations that are in high traffic areas and form part of the interior or exterior design of your home. They tend to be the most durable type of masonry waterproofer, and thus will last the longest, but also represent the highest initial cost, making them less than ideal for homeowners working under a budget.
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