What are the Different Types of Waterproofing?

Posted May 31, 2022

As remedial waterproofing specialists, we’re often asked about the different types of waterproofing and their applications. Here we’ll aim to answer all your frequently asked questions.

While home shows and how-to articles may indicate that waterproofing is a simple job you can easily complete over the course of a day or two without professional assistance, that’s not always the case – especially when it comes to choosing the right waterproofing solution for your wet area.

In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of waterproofing, how they’re used and how to know which product is right for the area in which you intend to use it.

Different Types of Waterproofing

There are several different types of waterproofing you may need to consider when applying it to your wet area, the most common of which are:

Liquid Membrane

Liquid membrane is highly flexible and has a low VOC rating – meaning it is better for your health than other waterproofing options we have at our disposal. There are three main types of liquid membrane, all of which are suitable for different applications and requirements. The main types of liquid membrane are:

  • Water (acrylic)
  • Bitumen
  • Cement

Most liquid membranes have a rapid drying time, which makes them the ideal choice if you need to install or repair waterproofing quickly.


While bituminous waterproofing is available in a liquid form, it is also considered a type of waterproofing material in and of itself. Waterproofing made from bitumen is often used to maintain structural integrity – especially in an underground capacity. However, they do not withstand a high UV exposure like other options we have on the market.


Rubber waterproofing is a great solution if you’re looking for something that needs flexibility, and can be mixed with other materials (like concrete).


Waterproofing made from PVC is available in sheets and great for covering a large surface area. It’s durable and self-adhesive so fairly easy to apply with or without professional assistance. It’s also rated as environmentally friendly so the preferable option if you’re looking for something that will not damage the ecosystem.

How Do You Know Which Waterproofing Type is Right for Your Job?

If you’re buying a waterproofing product from your local retailer with the intention of applying it yourself, chances are the packaging will indicate what it is best used for.

However, at Remedial Property Solutions, we never recommend applying waterproofing yourself. Therefore, we always suggest that the best way to know which type of waterproofing material is best for you is to consult an expert.

When to Contact Remedial Property Solutions

Applying waterproofing – particularly in a remedial situation – can be a delicate operation. It’s also not always easy to fix if you make a mistake. If you have a waterproofing issue, or believe you may be in need of our remedial waterproofing services, contact our experts. We’re always here to help address all your waterproofing questions.

To find out more about the different types of waterproofing, and what would suit your property, get in touch with our team today.

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