Waterproof paint is used to protect surfaces from water damage. The waterproof paint creates a seal that stops water from entering the pours of the surface so that it will not erode or rot. Waterproof paint can also include additives to protect against mold and mildew. Not all surfaces are meant to be covered with waterproof paint. The following article will share with you the surfaces that are best served by waterproof paint being applied to it.
The foundation of the house is often made out of concrete. For larger homes this concrete foundation also serves as the walls of the basement. Since this concrete is underground it is prone to dampness. Once the house settles the concrete can break slightly and water can find its way into the basement. This water can cause erosion and extensive damage. Waterproof paint can be applied in several layers on the concrete and also outside on the foundation.
Waterproof paint can also be found in the form of epoxy. It is a thick material that dries hard and will protect a surface against insects and water. Waterproof paint made for concrete is not meant to use on wood and this is where epoxy becomes useful. Several coats of epoxy on wood will seal the pores and prevent water from saturating the surface. The epoxy is also very hard so it will prevent scratches and dents while maintaining the beauty of the wood.
When metal is subjected to the elements it will rust over time and when you own things such as a barbecue grill or metal fence this can be unsightly. There are brands of waterproof paint which will protect metal from rust and erosion. Metal is very easy to paint with waterproof paint. Make sure that the paint is a clear lacquer and that it is applied in very thin layers. Allow the waterproof paint to dry completely before introducing it to the outside elements.
Not all stone will benefit from waterproof paint so be mindful of the type of stone. Flagstone used for walls as part of your landscaping does not need to be waterproofed. The same applies for any stone used as part of a footpath or any type of garden retaining wall. The stone you need to worry about is any type stone tile found in the bathroom or as part of a backsplash in the kitchen. The waterproofing is more for the wall behind the stone then the stone itself. Any water that gets between the stone can cause serious damage to the walls and floors.
Brick is a versatile material which can be subject to erosion. Brick that is used as decorative accent pieces as found in walkways, garden edging or as a patio does not have to waterproof. Brick will accept waterproof paint but it is up to you if you wish to waterproof it. If you have a home made out of brick or using brick as a face then waterproof paint will only aid to keeping the home dry.