Multi residential buildings are on the rise in many capital cities. Their popularity has been brought about by a number of different factors including limited space and rapid population growth in urban areas. Thankfully soulless skyscrapers are out, replaced by a strong demand for multi residential buildings that are appealing and liveable, with outdoor spaces for people to socialise and relax.

Of course all these extra outdoor areas can lead to vulnerabilities when it comes to water damage. Ineffective waterproofing is a problem in any building, but in a multi residential building, it’s especially difficult to deal with and it’s something that can impact residents and unit owners in a number of different ways.

Water damage in multi residential buildings can be time consuming and costly to repair, and unfortunately once the waterproof membrane has been breached, problems can occur with increasing frequency.

In a large number of residential and community projects, the communal paved areas are located over structurally important areas. This often means that when the effectiveness of the waterproofing is compromised, it leads to ongoing structural damage, which is difficult and expensive to fix.

In a multi residential building, waterproofing problems will also impact the appearance and overall attractiveness of the building over time. This can have a negative effect on the value of units and impact the return on investment for property owners within the building.

The last thing most builders and architects want is to sign off on a project and then find out they have to deal with ongoing maintenance issues thanks to a leaky waterproof membrane. This can be a huge stain on their reputation as well as being stressful and difficult to manage.

The right paving solution is essential for any multi residential project. A pedestal paving or decking system can reduce many of the potential issues that plague multi residential projects and protect the surface membrane.