Themi Stergianos, founder of Waterproof Lab identified the dire need to offer world class specialist waterproofing solutions and systems to the building industry in South Africa. He wants to make has made this available to professionals such as architects, engineers, quantity surveyors so that they can provide ground breaking design and waterproofing technology and systems to their own clients that match the best in the world. Waterproof Lab has build its credibility by annually attending International Waterproofing Conferences world wide bring back to South Africa the best the world can offer in the building industry.
Waterproof Lab offers unique and lasting waterproofing solutions that work.
This is a company that is built on values that are solutions-based, forward thinking, provide security and peace of mind to their clients.
Waterproof Lab has become a reputable and disruptive force in the local waterproofing market. They are known for their honesty, speedy turn around time, integrity and ground breaking technology – offering the longest warranties in the industry.
EPDM rubber waterproofing systems allow the substrate underneath it to breath. These products are vapour permeable, meaning any existing moisture or dampness can escape, while the membrane retains its ability to remain fully waterproof against the elements.
A one piece roof system comes prefabricated from the factory, reducing the time and costs related to man hours during the installation process. This allows EPDM systems to be measured, fabricated and installed quicker than most other roofing products. EPDM breather membranes can also be used as an EPDM overlay, saving even more time and money on flat roof replacement projects.
EPDM rubber membrane is highly elastic and will accommodate excessive stretching and building movements without a problem!
EPDM roofing systems will not tear, crack or split! They can, in fact, stretch to > 400% without damage.
EPDM provides peace of mind in that it is made to measure in the workshop under ideal working conditions, with consistent quality control. This also makes EPDM ideal for lining lakes, reservoirs and ponds, requiring minimal seams in application
50 year minimum proven life expectancy, as well as a 20-year guarantee for roofing and structural waterproofing works.
With no flame torches or hot boilers being required to install EPDM rubber membrane, it is applied cold, therefore obviates the risk of fire, noxious gases to workers, premises and surrounds.
FR Grade; non-ballasted: AA Standard; ballasted: FAA
EPDM remains unaffected by extreme temperature variations having been exhaustively tested to withstand temperatures varying from -40 to 110 degrees Celsius.
The membrane is resistant to root penetration and is therefore ideal for roof gardens in addition to flat roof waterproofing. Some even exceed the German FLL tests for root penetration.
EPDM is the most environmentally friendly waterproofing product on the market, as it is recyclable, using less volatiles in its manufacture than most other products, coupled with its very low usage of global resources
EPDM membranes are resistant to atmospheric pollutants such as acid rain and ultraviolet light.
A rubber membrane that is available in rolls measuring 3m, 6m or 9m wide & 30m long, which can either be loose laid or fully adhered, to flat roofs of various substrates, with a lifestyle expectancy of 50 years. Click here to get an overview of the different EPDM roofing systems
With an integral UV protector in its manufacture, it has been proven to last in excess of 50 years, through a range of climatic conditions, including rain & snow, below freezing, to the hottest, ultraviolet laden sun;
Applying EPDM is a simple process, employing a specially formulated contact adhesive & sealants, to lay over a flat roof or other surface & once adhered, smoothed out to ensure a crease & bubble free finish;
Over more than 50 years, EPDM has been manufactured to a special blend of environmentally friendly materials, including UV inhibitors, which has been proven to last in excess of 50 years, under the most adverse conditions – successful where others have generally failed;
One of the benefits of EPDM, is that it does not require protection from the elements, which saves on on-costs over the years. This is unlike similar competitive products which a Silvakote or similar every 2-3 years to maintain the warranty and protect the membrane from the sun. However, should one prefer a coloured aesthetic finish, there is no reason that it shouldn’t be coated with an acrylic-based paint;
There is absolutely no reason why it should not work as well on pitched roofs. In fact it presents a very sensible option to waterproofing, with the ability to cover the existing roof cladding, without having to reroof, be it metal, tile, or whatever, & it will be particularly effective, due to the pitch enabling even greater water management;
This total installation cost will depend on the amount of detail required to waterproof. Size of roof & the number of water outlets or other penetrations, such as water &/r air-conditioning pipes, are a variables that can attribute the total installation cost. However, we would like to assess each situation on it’s merits, so we can estimate the least expensive price to assist our clients – so please get contact us at +27824151694 so we can discuss your project.
Each project has its own merits however in general, EPDM membrane may be laid over asphalt or other materials, by first laying a sheet of ‘Bidem’ to protect it from the original material.
No problem; simply lay a screed of cement over the protected EPDM, ensure is a ‘fall’ in the substrate to allow water to efficiently drain to the outlets and tile’. We do this all the time and this feature sets us apart from most waterproofing membranes in the market,
There are many materials which have historically been used for waterproofing flat roofs. However Waterproof Lab’s RubberGard EPDM membrane has become the membrane of choice in many countries, on account of its ability to stretch, reduce number of joints required, ease of application, protection against UV & cost effectiveness;
For more information on eco-friendly properties of the Firestone EPDM Roofing and Lining Systems, download the EPDM Sustainability Brochure
These ecological benefits, in combination with the membrane’s life expectancy of up to 50 years, make RubberGard EPDM an environmentally friendly roofing solution.
Due to the ever increasing concern for the environment, green roofs are becoming a regular part of our landscape. The RubberGard EPDM membrane has successfully passed the FLL test for root penetration resistance in green roofs. It is an ideal membrane for combination with extensive green roof systems using lightweight and low maintenance sedum vegetation.
The ecological benefits of a green roof system are numerous:
Combine this with a Solar System solution, will be the ultimate in saving energy costs and reduction of carbon emissions – click here to find your eco-friendly solution or Green Roofing System
It has many benefits, which are listed in our ‘Benefits & Gains’ brochure.
For best results, you will require a measuring tape, a chalk line, a pair of scissors, a paint brush & a rubber roller;
It is always best to allow the substrate to dry before applying the membrane, as it is important to ensure that the bond between the membrane & the surface is not compromised.
EPDM is a blend of materials – Ethylene, Propylene, Diene Monomer, which imparts it’s outstanding flexibility, strength & waterproofing characteristics, making it the most ideal, long lasting, material to use for any waterproofing problems, most particularly, flat concrete or other, roofs;
EPDM is tough, flexible & resilient to foot traffic. Unlike most other waterproofing membranes, one of Waterproof Lab’s EPDM roofing systems main benefit is that it is also very easily & quickly repaired in the event of accidental damage ; simply cut a patch, apply a primer and Formflash patchto the damaged area, allow to dry & stick the patch down – & wallah! you once again have an uncompromised waterproof roof/deck! See video for explanation
NB: Detailed instructions as to the application procedures of our EPDM, appear in our website, as do videos of the full application procedure. Click here to access the information