5 waterproofing tips for rooftop gardens, planter boxes and terraces
Rooftop gardens, planter boxes and terraces are becoming increasingly popular in Australian cities. They are a great way to make the most of your roof space, especially in city settings. Rooftop plants and gardens not only look good, they also provide a quiet green retreat in the heart of any city. They can filter the heat and offer shade in hot weather, and improve air quality all year round.
If you are thinking about installing a rooftop garden or terrace, it’s essential that you consider appropriate waterproofing. Luckily, the team at Liquid Rubber DIY have some simple tips to ensure your rooftop garden or terrace stays watertight.
1. Create a slope
When it comes to rooftop gardens or terraces you’re usually working with a flat concrete surface. This means that pooling water can become a safety issue in walking areas. The best way to create a slope is to install concrete bedding in order to divert any water towards the drains. Ensure adequate drainage for heavy rain.
2. Spend time on the detailing
When you’re applying a Liquid Rubber DIY Waterproof Sealant membrane to your rooftop garden or terrace, you need to be meticulous with your detailing. Make sure you completely seal all cracks or joins and around vents, drains or pipes with liquid rubber and reinforcing fabric.
3. Create waterproof drainage in planter boxes
Install a Liquid Rubber DIY Waterproof Sealant membrane on the inside of your planter boxes to stop leaks and catch any rainwater. This will further prevent water pooling on your terrace’s surface.
4. Use a high quality liquid rubber solution
Not all liquid rubber products are made equal, that’s why it’s important to do your research. You should look for a liquid rubber solution that is highly flexible and durable, while being cost effective and easy to use.
Ideal for protecting flat roofs, Liquid Rubber DIY combines a seamless membrane bitumen base coat and an acrylic topcoat. Our products are water based, non-toxic and eco friendly, Liquid Rubber DIY products mould to whatever shape they are applied to and cures to create the ultimate seamless waterproofing barrier.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Waterproofing a rooftop garden, planter box or terrace can be a big job. So, if you’re feeling out of your depth, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. The team at Liquid Rubber DIY have an abundance of waterproofing experience. Simply contact our team today!