We’re so lucky to have beautiful weather in Australia which means we spend a lot of time outdoors. A tiled balcony is a fantastic place to sit for meals, to read, have a beer or a glass of wine or just to soak up the rays. Unfortunately, tiled balconies can be afflicted with leaks. Your first thought is probably “Oh no! That means we’re going to have to rip up the tiles to fix it!” Well, not necessarily. DIY balcony waterproofing without removing tiles is possible … but once you read this article, you may decide to call in the professionals.
Symptoms of a leaky balcony
Leaking balcony repairs are usually necessary when the balcony tile waterproofing hasn’t been done correctly in the first place. Or it could simply be a case of wear and tear in an ageing building. Have you noticed any of the following signs of water leaks on your tiled outdoor or rooftop area?
- Cracked or missing grout
- Splitting, cracked or peeling paint
- Discoloured or stained tiles and grout
- Loose tiles
- A hollow sound when you walk over a tile
- Growth of mould or mildew
- Weakened or loose structural posts or railings
- Water ‘ponding’ in areas
Where to start with waterproofing balcony
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, you need to get help as soon as possible. Allowing a leak to spread will only worsen the problem and make it harder – and more expensive – to fix. A balcony tile leak repair is the place to start. There’s really no point scrubbing the stains or re-grouting the tiles until the leak is found.
We use a specialised device to detect the leak. Our moisture detection scanning equipment locates the site so we can perform non-destructive repairs and then conduct remedial waterproofing services. This is done without removing tiles, which will no doubt come as a relief to you.
You’ll also be pleased to know that we don’t just leave it at that either. Your balcony waterproofing repair also involves restoring the area so that it looks as good as new. All the old, worn and damaged grout will be removed and the whole surface will be given a thorough clean before re-grouting balcony floor tiles with a new layer of EPG epoxy grout. We use a high quality polyurethane to finish all the internal joints for maximum sealing, to keep water out for good!
Finally, we apply two coats of clear waterproofing membrane and a clear penetrating sealer which will keep your tiles and grout stain resistant for up to 10 years or we’ll return and treat the surface again at no charge.
Good as new and ready for next-day use
To find out more and to see how we work, check out our video which demonstrates balcony waterproofing without removing tiles. Your tiled balcony or rooftop area will be fixed in just a few hours and you will be able to use it the very next day.
United Trade Links is fully licensed and insured. We are reliable and professional and our proprietary ColourSeal waterproofing membrane is guaranteed for 15 years. Don’t choose DIY! Get the job done properly so you won’t have to think it about it for a long time to come.