Waterproofing bathroom walls is important, because without it, water can get into the walls and floor, causing thousands of dollars in damage. When taking on a Bathroom Renovation Toronto, a homeowner will have to take waterproofing very seriously. Here are three options for waterproofing your bathroom walls.
A vapor barrier is a type of impermeable material, usually containing polyethylene sheeting, which is used in the walls of your home to prevent moisture from damaging the interior of the walls and floors. There are different levels of moisture protection, from Class I to Class III. Each option provides you with protection from the moisture that can occur in bathrooms.
While this is not considered a “catch-all” for water, it can help your bathroom walls remain dry when dampness from the shower is present. Even when there is no leaking water, it can still cause harm to the underlying wall. When the water in the shower is used, steam will rise into the air. If you have not waterproofed the walls in your bathroom then the steam can seep into the wood. This will create damage if left over an extended period of time. A vapor barrier is a preventative method that will prevent the dampness from the steam from becoming an issue and can provide some protection for the wall if a leak were to occur.
This is a type of plastic wall that looks much like tile, but is actually a sheet of plastic. First a vapor barrier is placed on the wall and going under your tub and then the plastic wall is installed over that. The wall will usually stretch down to the top of your tub and in some cases a few inches below, then sealed. The plastic walls are able to be made is sections; however, they are also available in a number of sizes that fully wrap around your shower and are able to be trimmed to achieve a perfect fit.
If you would like an aesthetically pleasing solution in addition to waterproofing benefits for your bathroom walls, then you should cover them with natural stone. This will make the walls much more water resistant than a bathroom that is only protected by plastic. Another possible option is brick. When natural stone is used, it is naturally protected from moisture and water and will never sweat under hot temperatures. While ceramic tile is secure and hard, it can still retain moisture and sweat.
If you are looking for ways to waterproof your bathroom, use the tips here. This will protect the space, ensuring that no expensive damages take place, saving you a large amount of money over time.