What is the difference between waterproofing and dampproofing?


Waterproofing and dampproofing are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to two distinct concepts. It is important to understand the difference so that you can choose the right solution for your particular needs. In this blog post, we will discuss what waterproofing and dampproofing are and how they differ from one another. 

What is waterproofing? 

Waterproofing is a process of making an object or structure completely impervious to water. This means that no water will be able to penetrate into it, even when it is subjected to a high degree of pressure or when it is submerged in water for a long period of time. For example, waterproofing membranes can be applied to the exterior of a building to make it resistant to moisture and prevent damage caused by rainwater.

What is dampproofing? 

Dampproofing, on the other hand, does not make an object or structure completely impervious to water but instead helps reduce moisture penetration. This means that while some water may still be able to penetrate into the object or structure, its effects will be significantly reduced compared with if no protection was applied at all. For example, a dampproof coating can be applied to the exterior of a building to reduce the amount of moisture that enters through cracks and joints in walls and ceilings. 

The difference between waterproofing and dampproofing 

The main difference between waterproofing and dampproofing is that waterproofing makes an object or structure completely impervious to water, while dampproofing only helps reduce moisture penetration into an object or structure. Waterproofing is the best way to protect your building’s structural integrity from water damage. It involves creating an impermeable membrane that prevents water from seeping into dry areas and draining off safely. Insufficient waterproofing is a problem all year round, not just during rainy seasons. This is why you should ensure that your building is properly waterproofed to prevent major structural issues or aesthetic defects, making your commercial or industrial space unsafe or difficult to occupy. It is important to consider your specific needs before deciding which type of protection you need for your project.

Waterproofing membrane solutions from Robex

As one of South Africa’s leading waterproofing membrane providers, Robex provides premium waterproofing solutions. We have a wide choice of waterproofing technologies to meet your specific requirements. Balconies, terraces, flat roofs, pathways, planter boxes, tiles, and other surfaces can all benefit from waterproofing. Robex provides various innovative coating solutions that are both strong and weather resistant. Some of the waterproofing products offered by Robex include:

  • RX Wetsuit is a spray-applied waterproofing solution that is fully adhered, self-flashing and seamless. It’s a flexible, long-lasting waterproofing membrane that’s also environmentally friendly. 
  • RX Protadeck is ideal for planters, balconies, rooftop gardens and flat roof areas.  It’s completely seamless, entirely bonded, and transportable and can be steam cleaned and degreased. It also has a long service life due to its excellent resistance to water, chemicals, ageing, UV, abrasion and weathering. 
  • RX Proflex comprises modified liquid polypropylene, refined bitumen, chosen synthetic resins, and water displacement agents. It has excellent adhesive qualities and application flexibility. It does not harden in the container and is ready to use immediately.

Here is a detailed overview of waterproofing solutions offered by Robex. For more information about our waterproofing and pool lining solutions, please contact us.

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