What are Membrane Coatings and Why Are They Important?

Every part of your home works together to provide you and your family with a safe, comfortable place to live. When one part isn’t working well, or when there’s a problem, it creates a disruption in your life and can lead to expensive repairs. That’s why it’s important to make sure that things are in working order. This doesn’t mean that you have to wake up each morning and scour your home for any problems, but you should get used to keeping an eye out for damages while you’re working around the house or doing yardwork. If you’re experiencing any drafts or water leaks, you could have a problem with your sealant or coating.

One of the most popular coatings are membrane coatings. While membrane coatings are commonly used to seal your roof, they can also be used on other parts of your home. However, membrane coatings can change the overall appearance of your home, so make sure that you talk with your professional masonry company for more information about where you can benefit from membrane coatings.

Membrane coatings are important, especially when used on an aging roof or unsealed bricks, as they help to lower energy costs and provide a thorough seal. They’re often applied in two coats to make sure that the seal is strong and improve the efficiency of the system. When used on roofs, the top layer of the membrane coating is often white to help reduce the temperature of the building and keep energy costs low. Using a white topcoat isn’t absolutely necessary and some homeowners decide to opt for another clear coat to maintain the look and feel of their building. If you’re applying membrane coatings to your brickwork or balcony, you can opt for clear sealant and making major changes to the aesthetics.

If used on brick, membrane coatings will often only be applied in one coat to reduce the likelihood of changing their appearance. White topcoats will never be applied as this will completely change the look of your brick. While it will appear glossy at first, the coating will dry and resemble a more matte appearance. Keep in mind that membrane coatings aren’t commonly used on bricks, however, as they will change the overall aesthetics—the bricks can become darker or more difficult to see.

Membrane coatings are important because they help to waterproof your building and create airtight seals that improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower the temperature. However, applying any type of coating or sealant requires a level of precision that should be left up to the professionals. That’s where Chicago Tuckpointing comes in. We offer a number of different options for you to choose from, all of which will help you get the most out of your masonry work and elongate the life of your structures. We also offer complete balcony waterproofing and restoration, which is essential if you want your balcony to withstand the forces of the elements over time. Balcony waterproofing uses a monolithic, fully adhered, fluid applied roofing membrane that has elastic properties so that it can adhere to your balcony completely. Overtime, water will find its way into your concrete balcony, which causes pooling inside any crack or crevice that’s open. When the water freezes, it will expand and create even larger cracks and crevices. This continual freeze-thaw cycle will eventually cause extensive damages and can lead to damages that extend to your home. A membrane coating will help you avoid these problems and keep your balcony, and your home, looking its best for years to come.

If you’ve noticed any deterioration in your mortar or brickwork, or damages in your balcony, don’t wait until it’s too late. Call the professionals at Chicago Tuckpointing for a professional inspection and opinion on repairs, waterproofing, and restoration today. Remember, the longer you wait, the more likely you are to find yourself in a situation where you need to get a complete rebuild or hefty repairs. It’s always better to get the small things taken care of before it’s too late.

Chicago Tuckpointing Inc. takes value in our customer relationships and we pride ourselves on transparency, integrity, and honesty. All of the professionals at Chicago Tuckpointing Inc. have over 20 years of experience in mason work and will make sure that your job is done to your satisfaction from start to finish. To get the best masonry in the Chicagoland area, call Chicago Tuckpointing Inc. today and receive a free quote at (708) 942-1951.