There are a few areas in your home where water and moisture is a problem, including the kitchen, basement, and bathroom. When renovating your bathroom, it is possible to make certain home improvements to provide water-resistance and sometimes waterproofing. Here are some tips for reducing water damage in the bathroom.
Install the Right Tile
One great way to provide some waterproofing qualities in your bathroom is by installing the right flooring. Tile is often preferred in a bathroom because it provides a good moisture barrier between the bathroom and the surface underneath. If you install carpeting, it can easily get wet and lead to mould and mildew in both the carpeting and the padding underneath. Hardwood and faux wood shouldn't be used in a bathroom since it can also warp and get ruined from water, whether from a leak or simple splashing of water when using the sink or bathtub. Some good types of tile for a bathroom include vinyl, ceramic, and porcelain. All of these materials are good for having bathroom flooring that is moisture-resistant or even waterproof, but vinyl is a little less expensive. It comes in many different designs and colours so you can customize the look of your bathroom. While ceramic and porcelain is a little more expensive, both might end up being more stable and long-lasting.
Paint the Walls With Waterproofing Paint
The next area of your bathroom that should be waterproofed is the walls. This can be done by applying waterproofing paint. This type of paint is often used in a basement to provide an extra layer over the walls and reduce damage from water damage. This can also be done in a bathroom so if you have a leak from the roof or there is a major plumbing issue in the bathroom, the walls don't develop mould and mildew. Not only does it help protect the walls from water damage, but you can also apply the waterproofing paint to the ceiling. It only holds the water back for a short period of time, so you still need to address plumbing or roofing issues immediately.
Apply a Moisture Barrier in the Shower and Bathtub
Finally, you can also provide some waterproofing qualities in your bathtub or shower. Start by having tile installed on the walls of the bathtub and shower, as well as on the flooring if you have a stand-alone shower. The tile combined with high-quality grout and caulk is going to help keep the water damage at bay. Just make sure you fill any cracks you find in the tile or joints between the tile. You can also have wallboard installed behind the surface of the shower or bathtub to provide a barrier between the shower wall and your home's structure.
You can also turn to a specialist, such as Westside Sealants Pty Ltd, for professional bathroom waterproofing. They'll discuss with you some ways that could best protect the surfaces in your bathrooms, and they'll use the most effective options.