Most homeowner are looking for ways to improve their living conditions, to conserve as much energy as possible and prevent any major damage to the structure. If you are in considering a home remodel project or building your own home, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the right materials and technologies are used from the start, which should be quite beneficial in the long run.
If your home was not built efficiently, you should consider planning a renovation project, that handles any major issues that might lead to excess energy being wasted or water coming inside the house and wreaking havoc. You are in good luck now, since technology and materials allow you to do that, so there’s no excuse for neglecting this vital segment of creating the most energy-efficient and waterproof living conditions.
Why is water dangerous?
Waterproofing is so much more than just having a roof which prevents rain from getting inside your home. Areas with frequent and heavy rain are potentially a very damaging environment for living if proper measures are not taken. Water, as we all know, can find its way through the tiniest of cracks, which can severely damage the foundation or the construction of your home. The damage depends on many factors, such as the material that your house was built from and the quality of your foundation, but even small amounts of water create moisture, which in turn creates humidity, mold and mildew. They are all potentially harmful and can pose a danger to your health, which only emphasizes the need to waterproof your home properly.
Regardless of whether you’re building or renovating your home, you should definitely consider installing waterproofing membranes to prevent the water from coming inside your home. These membranes are relatively inexpensive and easy to install and maintain. They are simply put on top of the surfaces you want to protect and enforced with some filler material to prevent leakages. The most common types of membranes are liquid applied and sheet-based.
Waterstops are another option worth considering, since they tackle the problem of concrete joints allowing water to pass through. Flexible plastic waterstops are easy to install and they significantly reduce the chance of any water ending up where it shouldn’t. They are also quite simple to install and don’t cost a lot of money.
Although bunding is known as a means of containing liquid inside a wall, it may be quite handy if you’re building your house, since it holds liquids inside the walls, thus preventing them from getting into your rooms. Great bunding solutions can work on the surfaces that are under a lot of pressure, which makes them a very popular solution. For example, floor bunding is something that would most definitely help you keep the inside of your home dry.
The importance of proper insulation
If you’ve done everything you can to keep water at bay, you have to shift your focus onto reducing your energy consumption. The better the insulation, the less cold and heat generated inside will escape. That means you’ll be paying much lower bills, since cooling and heating contribute to as much as 50% of your home’s energy consumption. Having your walls properly insulated and making sure you have no leaks around doors and windows is definitely a good start, but people often forget to insulate their roof and attic properly, since a lot of energy actually goes through the roof.
Other tips on saving energy
Although you’re probably familiar with many ways of saving the Earth’s resources during the construction process, it might be useful to remind ourselves of some of them. To begin with, using sustainable construction material, like reclaimed wood, recycled glass and plastic, cork and bamboo will surely make your home greener. Also, turning to alternative sources of renewable energy, such as solar panels, is a worthwhile investment. Finally, choosing appliances that are more energy-efficient will not only save you some money, but also contribute to saving precious natural resources.
As you can see, whether you’re building a new home or renovating your old one, you can do so much in terms of waterproofing and saving energy. All you need to do is plan carefully, find out more about the available options and choose those that you can afford. Every investment of this kind is bound to pay off sooner, rather than later.