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Comparing Liquid And Sheet Basement Waterproofing

by Dawn Henry

Basement waterproofing is extremely important when it comes to protecting your home from water damage, mold growth, and a whole host of other problems which can arise if water manages to flood your basement. Liquid and sheet basement waterproofing are two of the most common methods employed by contractors to protect your basement from water damage, and while both seek to perform the same function, their different application methods provide them each with a unique set of advantages and drawbacks. Understanding what both types of basement waterproofing methods have to offer can help you choose the one that best suits your needs.

Liquid Basement Waterproofing

Like its name suggests, liquid basement waterproofing is a liquid that is applied to the concrete walls of your basement to prevent water from seeping in, usually with a sprayer or roller. The main advantage of choosing liquid basement waterproofing is the fact that it can be easily applied to long stretches of wall or irregularly shaped areas, like curved corners, extremely easily. Furthermore, the application process tends to be much faster than sheet basement waterproofing, especially when a sprayer is employed during the installation process. Finally, it should be noted that liquid basement waterproofing tends to be cheaper than its sheet counterpart, a fact that is compounded by the fact that the installation process doesn't take as much time.

However, there are some downsides: liquid basement waterproofing is not as thick as sheet waterproofing is, and can be applied unevenly, which makes it less effective and more likely to break down over time. As liquid basement waterproofing degrades faster, it will have to be replaced at a greater rate, which could potentially offset the lower initial cost.

Sheet Basement Waterproofing

Sheet basement waterproofing is made up of thick asphalt or a similar synthetic material that adheres to the walls of your basement. While the exact thickness of your sheets will depend on the grade you choose (with higher, thicker grades costing more), sheet waterproofing will provide improved coverage when compared to liquid waterproofing. Furthermore, sheet basement waterproofing is extremely easy to repair, as small pieces can be cut out and pasted in as needed over time, reducing long term maintenance costs and time commitments.

The major downsides associated with sheet basement waterproofing are that it can be extremely difficult to install, due to its stickiness, and the fact that it is more expensive than its liquid counterpart (which is compounded by its difficulty – it's recommended to hire a professional so that the installation process goes smoothly).