How to Renovate a House with Waterproofing and Energy Preserving

If you are planning on building a house or renovating your home for some reason, it would be wise to think about the future and consider how you could make your home more energy-efficient and protect it from damage caused by water. The currently available technologies can dramatically reduce the energy consumption of your property and prevent water from penetrating into your home, causing moisture, mold and more severe issues.

Here are some ways in which you can renovate a house with waterproofing and energy preserving a long-term success.

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Don’t Take Waterproofing Lightly

Some people believe that waterproofing is essential only in regions where it rains often and heavily. However, unless you live in a desert where no drop of rain falls, you need to consider protecting your house.Even a small amount of water can lead to humidity, which further leads to mold and mildew and pollutes the air indoors.

There are different ways to waterproof your home, and you should choose the one that best suits your needs.

Installing Waterproofing Membranes

Installing waterproofing membranes is one of the most frequent approaches to waterproofing, especially because it is simple and affordable. Furthermore, waterproofing membranes are easy to maintain.

Waterproofing Membranes

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There are two types of these membranes: sheet-based and liquid-applied. They are installed by placing them on top of the surfaces that require protection, and additionally enforcing them with a layer of material that prevents leakages.

Installing Plastic Waterstops

Concrete joints are often overlooked when it comes to waterproofing, but if you don’t take care of them, it is highly likely that the water will pass through them and cause harm. Waterstops can be used to enhance the joints, and thus prevent such incidents.

Bunding

Bunding serves to trap the liquids inside the walls and to prevent the water from getting inside your rooms. Bunding solutions don’t only work for the walls. In fact, floor bunding is a popular way to create a barrier which not only prevents water from the outside from penetrating, but also controls spills that can happen inside the house.

Bunding

Insulating Your Property

Energy preservation is certainly another important thing to think about when renovating or building your home from scratch. Proper insulation prevents the heat and cold (depending on the season) from escaping through the walls and thus reduces your energy bills.

Before you begin insulating, you should check for cracks around the doors and windows and seal them. Then you can introduce one of the popular ways of insulating, such as spray foam, rigid foam or blanket batts.

Using Sustainable Building Materials

A green home is about much more than just saving energy, it is also about using eco-friendly materials that minimize the chances that your construction is harming the environment.

Sustainable Building Materials

Products such as bamboo, cork, reclaimed wood, recycled glass and recycled plastic can contribute to the preservation of the planet, and also make your home healthier, as they will not pollute the air as much as some conventionally used construction materials.

Other Smart Ways to Preserve Energy

Residential buildings account for a huge chunk of the total energy consumption. That’s why people came up with various solutions to minimize this expenditure, ranging from energy-saving appliances to using renewable energy in the household. Here are some things you can do when building or renovating your home:

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    Install double or triple glazed windows to further enhance the insulation
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    Use sustainable methods of generating energy, e.g. solar panels
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    Install energy saving lights – compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or LED lamps
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    Get Energy Star rated appliances
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    Equip your home with smart devices that help conserving energy, e.g. a smart thermostat
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    Install a ceiling fan to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system

Conclusion

You don’t get to renovate your house frequently,let alone build it. That’s why you should do it with your eyes directed far to the future. Waterproofing and energy preservation techniques will not only ensure that your home is there to stay, but will also save you money in the long run.

Abigail Jones
 

Hi, I’m Abigail. I like spending time tearing my house apart and putting it together back again. Join me on home improvement tutorials, tips on my blog.

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