Today I'll expand on a question we were recently asked verbally by one of our clients while carrying out works for him....The question was 'What are the benefits of applying a liquid damp proof membrane to my subfloor ?'
Many people out there will have no idea what a liquid damp proof membrane is [liquid DPM for short] or what it does.
A liquid DPM is basically liquid plastic, a different variation on the thick plastic sheets that builders use under a concrete slab to inhibit/stop moisture from wicking up into the concrete slab from the cold earth below.
Many companies out there produce similar types of liquid DPM products that are good for applying to various types of substrates [subfloors] a very common subfloor that a liquid DPM is used on is concrete.
We use liquid DPM's from two well know companies, and use their excellent products on a regular 'as and when basis' one of the companies is called Sika and we use both their 'Sika Rapid' liquid DPM and their star product 'Sika MB'
The other company we source our liquid DPM from is 'Lecol' and we use their superb single component Lecol PU280 liquid DPM.
The main benefit of using a liquid DPM product would be to stop moisture ingress into a wooden floor and creating problems and issues for the newly installed wood floor and the homeowner. Using a liquid DPM system is cost effective as it is pretty straight forward to apply and it's application will add another layer of protection and peace of mind for the end user.
Before I start getting too carried away here and churning out paragraphs of text, I wrote a more comprehensive article which is available for viewing at our main website, follow the Liquid Damp Proof Membrane link.
Hope this helps.....Thanks for reading