How to Fix Leaking Balconies
Repairs to leaking balconies require expert & correct waterproofing products & method to permanently stop water leaks.
Providing a membrane system that "works & lasts" is not difficult, however our Team has come across so many balconies that should not leak in the first place and then the repairs also fail to provide a solution to the problem.
As Registered Building Practitioners AND Certified Waterproofers, the Findlay-Evans Team always check leaking balconies with respect to balcony design & structure as well as the waterproofing system.
Very often leaking balconies are a combination of the above:
A recent insurance survey has shown that “Balcony Waterproofing” has the highest failure rate of all areas in the building envelope.
However only 1.8% of the total construction cost is spent on waterproofing membranes for balcony areas, and yet leaking balconies account for a staggering 83% of building defect complaints.
Balcony Waterproofing Systems
- Balcony areas are exposed to full climatic conditions and if installed incorrectly or inferior products are used, the chance of failure is high.
- Repairs & modifications to a balcony membrane & surface provides an essential and integral part of the building envelope and should not be taken light-heartedly.
- Waterproofing balcony surfaces, especially balconies with rooms below and rooftop terraces should be a well thought out process and not reliant on cost alone.
- Ideally membranes are installed correctly from the outset and with quality products - as failure of balcony waterproofing can result in catastrophic water damage to structures below and even complete collapse.