Water is a serious threat to just about everything from your home’s roof to its underlying structure. Moisture can cause rust, mold growth, rot, and other forms of damage that can destroy seemingly impermeable materials like steel and concrete. The good news is that there are quite a few ways you can prevent moisture from wreaking havoc on your life. EPDM Liquid Rubber is one of the better solutions to your needs. What should you know about EPDM Liquid Rubber applications, though?
What Can Be Coated?
If you take a look at the directions and application uses for most waterproofing products, they are pretty limited in terms of what you can apply them to. For instance, deck stain might do a great job of preventing water from penetrating wood, but it’s not that great at protecting concrete. It won’t adhere to metal, at all. EPDM Liquid Rubber, on the other hand, has a broad range of applications, including the following:
- Primed wood
- Weathered aluminum
- Galvanized and coated steel
- Sponge rubber
- Foam insulation
- Cast concrete
- Urethane foam
These are just a few of the EPDM Liquid Rubber applications. There are many others. Even neoprene can be coated with this material when properly prepared.
Benefits of EPDM Liquid Rubber Applications
Why choose Liquid Rubber for your application needs? Actually, there are quite a few reasons that this should be your material of choice, including the following:
- Protection from Corrosion: Corrosive elements can quickly damage many types of materials, including concrete and steel. A coating of EPDM Liquid Rubber helps to protect against this damage, including in saltwater environments.
- Weatherproofing: Structures like commercial and residential roofs must contend with harsh UV light, wind, rain, sleet, snow, freezing temperatures, and more. That can cause some materials to expand and shrink, to become brittle, and to fail. EPDM Liquid Roof applications help create a durable, weatherproof surface that does not suffer from exposure-related degradation.
- Waterproofing: Whether you’re building a fishpond, protecting against water ingress within a basement, or reroofing a storage building, EPDM Liquid Rubber applications help prevent water ingress once fully cured.
What About Priming?
Priming is a fact of life in fields like painting, and it also plays a role with some EPDM Liquid Rubber applications. For instance, if you’re going to apply this substance to asphalt paving, asphalt roofs, TPO, BUR, polyvinyl chloride, or chlorinated polyethylene, you’ll need to use an acceptable primer first. Note that ProFlex primer is recommended here to create a viable substrate for the EPDM coating to adhere to.
Considerations with Moist Environments
EPDM Liquid Rubber applications are designed to be waterproof. However, if the substrate you’re applying it to is already moist, or the environment is very damp, you will need to take special steps. For instance, concrete fish ponds can be lined with Liquid Rubber, but the underlying cement must first be completely dry.
Any moisture within the base substrate must be allowed to evaporate, or it will cause problems. This applies to wood, concrete, and other porous materials. Nonporous materials like metal can simply be hand dried. If moisture will be a problem, you may also want to consider using Moisture Cure Liquid Rubber, which is specially formulated for application in damp environments.
Ultimately, Liquid Rubber has many potential applications, and it offers outstanding durability, protection from corrosion, and waterproofing capabilities. Whether you’re reroofing your home or looking for a way to create a fish pond without a conventional plastic liner, this should be your material of choice.