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Waterproofing is a widely debated action among builders. Some cite the process as extremely necessary while others discard it for being too costly and not worth the amount of money that is spent on it.

Waterproofing comes into play the moment the foundation of the building is laid. In fact a building with good waterproofing is more likely to stand the test of time, than ones that have not invested in the process.

The science behind it is as follows.

Concrete, the primary ingredient used in the constructions of storied apartment buildings, is a highly porous material. Water is very much likely to seep through this pores and cause water damage to the building by reacting with the metal in the building walls causing them to rust; or mixing with the soil of the building’s foundation, and weakening it.

Both of these processes over time will weaken the building’s strength making it susceptible to damage, and putting it in danger of eventual collapse.

So if it is so obvious that waterproofing is necessary, why don’t most builders invest in it heavily? The answer is that it is actually quite costly to do it.

However, what most builders do not realize is the fact that the cost is negligible when compared to the cost that is to be incurred later on when the problems related to water damage start.

To avoid these problems, it is important to do waterproofing at the foundation of the building, as well as the terrace of the building after the terrace has been built to completion. Terrace waterproofing is extremely necessary, as the terrace is the place that take the total brunt of the rainfall every year and will end up soaking a lot of water through the open concrete pores if not covered up with waterproofing in time.

To save money, some people opt for the use of tar to waterproof the terrace. This almost always ends up damaging the structure instead of fortifying it. Tar has a tendency to heat up. When the terrace spread up on the terrace heats up, it also ends up heating most of the building. The heat makes the metal rods in the walls to expand, and creating more pores in the already porous building. Once the summer heat ends, the monsoon once again pours down on the building, and the newly created pores and cracks absorb the water, completely defeating the purpose of the waterproofing.

Hence the best thing one can possibly do is to use special waterproofing materials available in the market, and use them in the required quantity, or else one must risk causing permanent damage to the construction.
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