Commercial Waterproofing for ICF Structures

Commercial ICF waterproofing plays a pivotal role in protecting your property, specifically below-grade ICF structures, from moisture and water intrusion. 

PRO Waterproofers offers exterior and interior waterproofing services for both commercial and residential properties. We have a team of highly skilled and experienced professional waterproofing specialists. 

Here’s why our commercial ICF waterproofing service is the best compared to our leading competitors.

What Are ICF Structures? 

Insulated concrete foam or ICF structures is a construction technique that involves interlocking polystyrene walls to build the exterior form of the foundation, reinforcing it with rebar, and filling it with solid concrete.

ICF foundations come with several benefits, especially in colder climates like Canada. ICF structures typically offer excellent insulation, consistent temperature regulation, high structural integrity, impressive strength and durability, fire and termite resistance, and better energy efficiency properties than traditional poured foundations.

Commercial ICF waterproofing for below-grade walls is a non-negotiable in any construction. Unlike roofing that gets replaced and maintained periodically, below-grade waterproofing for ICF structures is expected to withstand many years of wear and tear and perform efficiently throughout the entire lifespan of the building. 

Professional Waterproofing for ICF Foundation 

Waterproofing for commercial ICF structures is done while the construction is in progress. It’s an essential step that leaves no room for mistakes. Poor-quality ICF foundation waterproofing can cause costly water damages and inconvenience for you and your tenants. It involves extensive and expensive processes of re-excavating, backfilling, and reconstructing to access the foundation of your property and redoing the waterproofing for the ICF structure. 

Hence, selecting a professional waterproofing company with the technical expertise and necessary equipment should be a priority. Our specialists here PRO Waterproofers can guarantee industry-established waterproofing practices for commercial ICF structures. 

Our commercial ICF waterproofing solutions follow a proactive approach that:

  • Adheres to building safety codes for weather-resistive barriers
  • Offers significantly long-term protection from moisture and water intrusion
  • Minimizes risk for water to permeate and get stored within walls
  • Ensures early detection of potential waterproofing breach
  • Considers good leak localization for easy and less expensive waterproofing repairs

The Best Commercial ICF Waterproofing Solutions 

Commercial ICF waterproofing is a multistep process. Given the nature of the EPS foam and its vulnerability to solvents, waterproofing ICF structures require a combination of water-based materials and advanced techniques to effectively address various factors that influence moisture buildup and hydrostatic pressure in the soil. 

Here at PRO Waterproofers, we start our commercial ICF waterproofing service with a thorough study and assessment of your property and specific requirements. Based on this, our specialists develop a customized waterproofing solution using top-quality waterproofing materials, which includes:

 1. Peel-and-Stick Waterproofing Membranes 

Peel-and-stick membranes, or self-adhered membranes, are widely available and commonly used in waterproofing ICF foundations, pedestrian tunnels, and other below-grade concrete construction. When used in commercial ICF waterproofing, they help maintain a consistent membrane thickness, bridge any gaps or seams that can cause water leaks. They also offer hassle-free installation and cleanup. 

For waterproofing applications on below-grade ICF structures, experts recommend using a flexible self-adhering rubberized asphalt waterproofing membrane (1.5 mm thickness and 100 cm width) applied with a water-based primer for enhanced adhesion to the EPS foam.

2. Air Gap Membrane Waterproofing System 

Also called dimpled membranes, air gap membranes are made of plastic with elevated flat tabs on one side. For commercial ICF waterproofing applications, they are installed vertically with the tabs against the walls. This waterproofing system displaces the air to relieve the pressure against the basement or ICF foundation and provides a drainage plane.

3. Solvent-Free Spray Waterproofing Solutions 

Spraying solvent-based waterproofing products will dissolve the EPS foam on ICF structures, potentially compromising the building’s integrity and causing devastating disasters. Hence, one of the key questions to ask waterproofing contractors is if they are using solvent-free materials for your ICF structure regardless of their chosen method of application.

Only a few solvent-free liquid waterproofing solutions explicitly developed for ICF foundation and poured concrete walls can be applied using the spray method. These waterproofing materials are 100% seamless rubber membranes that contain no asphalt and other solvent additives.

NO Second Guesses — Leave Your ICF Foundation Waterproofing to the PROs! 

Contrary to the popular notion, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to commercial ICF waterproofing. Several contributing factors—including the different types of soils, building conditions, and location (i.e. proximity to a body of water)—should be looked into when deciding about the perfect waterproofing solution for each project. 

It’s of utmost importance to work with a recognized waterproofing company with years of experience, expertise, and qualifications that can identify everything your ICF structure needs and recommend nothing but the best waterproofing solutions to provide sufficient above or below-grade moisture control properly.

Why Choose PRO Waterproofers 

PRO Waterproofers is one of Canada’s leading waterproofing providers with service areas in Hamilton, Oakville, and Burlington. We have a proven track record of outstanding workmanship and customer service, which our countless clients over the years can confirm. 

When you sign up with PRO Waterproofers, you enjoy the following benefits:

  • Free In-Home Consultation – Our waterproofing specialists will visit the site to assess and make expert recommendations free of charge. 
  • 30 Year Warranty – Rest assured that we work according to the highest standards of the industry. We go above and beyond for our clients, making sure we get it perfectly done all the time. Our 30-year warranty is a testament to our unfailing confidence in the results we deliver. 
  • Fair Billing Policy – NO down payments required. Settle your bill only when the commercial ICF waterproofing project is completed. 
  • Secure and Easy Financing Options – Pay in affordable monthly installments with no penalty and backdated interest. Apply and find out if you are qualified within seconds. 
  • Tidy Sites Guarantee – Enjoy a hassle-free waterproofing process minus the mess. Our team will make sure nothing is damaged and clean up the site once the job is done.

For inquiries and free estimates for our commercial ICF waterproofing services, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions. 

Call PRO Waterproofers now!

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