What is waterproofing?
What are the different types?
How do I make waterproof flooring?
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Waterproofing Types and DimensionsWaterproofing is a term that is used to describe the waterproofing that a building or structure can absorb from water.
Most types of waterproofing are waterproof in a liquid state, such as water, but the materials and the size of the building or structures themselves may change the waterproofness of a building’s structure.
The following chart describes how to determine the waterproof nature of a watertight flooring material, and what materials may be considered waterproof:Waterproofed materials may vary in terms of their composition and how they absorb water.
In some cases, such materials will absorb water more effectively than other materials that are not waterproof.
Examples of materials that may be watertight are: Concrete, which has a low coefficient of restitution, such that it retains its original weight while sinking into the ground.
Other materials, such wood and aluminum, have lower coefficients of restitution than concrete, and will absorb more water than other waterproof materials.
How to Determine WaterproofnessIn most cases, the building’s floor will have a water resistance rating, or the percentage of water that the material can absorb in the area where the floor meets the floor joists.
The water resistance of a material is measured in percent of its original value.
For example, a 1,500-square-foot building with a waterproof rating of 70% is rated as waterproof, and watertight material is made up of 100% of its value.
Water resistant materials will usually have a lower coefficient of water loss than other water-resistant materials.
Water resistance ratings for water-resistance materials are determined by using an equation that works the same way that the formula works for concrete: (A / B) x 100.
For more information, see the Building and Engineering article:Water resistant building construction, waterproofing materials, waterproof floorers article What Is a Waterproof Floor?
A waterproof floor is a waterproof building material that has been constructed with a building system that has built up water resistance.
The building is designed to absorb water as it moves through the floor and can withstand a number of different conditions.
Examples include water from rain, snow, snowmelt, rainwater, and groundwater.
The term waterproof refers to the water that is being absorbed, while a waterproof floor refers to a floor that has a higher water resistance than other floors.
There are three different types of flooring that are classified as waterproof:Floors that are completely waterproof: Floors that have been waterproofed and have no structural flaws that can affect their structural integrity.
Examples are flooring made from recycled material, like plywood, that has no structural defects, and flooring with anodized aluminum that has structural defects.
Floors made of concrete: Floours that have an original value of 100%, and are made of reinforced concrete.
Floours made of glass: Floresses made of a mixture of water-repellent and water-abrasion materials.
Floers made of polystyrene: Floorses made of plastic that has an original strength of 5,000 psi (pounds per square inch).
Flooring made of laminated fiberglass that has strength of 1,000 to 2,000 psig (pound per square foot).