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It’s raining again in Singapore. Your shopping, slippery balcony has transformed an average downpour into a long-running nightmare – when it rains, it pools; when it pools, it crumbles and when it crumbles, the sealant goes to hell and don’t even mention the joints. When you first moved in, the condition report wasn’t too bad – a chip here, a crack there, small stuff. And today? Leaking balcony tiles. Mould, decay and the sickening stench of inner damp lingers despite your best efforts. Your balcony waterproofing membrane is virtually non-existent.

The good news? Some balcony waterproofing can save you grief, money, and damage caused by leaks. But what do you look for? Where do you start? Le Fong Contractor have you covered.

Spotting the Slip-Up

Too often builders neglect basic waterproofing standards, cut corners, and therefore their work is inherently flawed. With this said, balcony damage is probably not your fault – especially if you’re renting. Homeowners may have inherited an already problematic balcony from the moment they signed the dotted line.

When a builder slaps together a house or contributes to an apartment, they sometimes build the balcony first and place the door afterward, installing the membrane as the last step. This is a serious floor/wall junction problem.

Australian standards are supposed to stop this from happening, but a lack of design detail means the builder will fall back on old, incorrect practices. It’s not malicious, they just don’t know any better.

What is Your Angle?

While we’re down on the floor, take a look at your balcony – does it gently slope toward a central drain? Are the water barriers and grouting in good condition? If you answered no twice, you’re in trouble. If a balcony isn’t draining properly, an extensive re-tile may be worth considering – sure, it’s expensive, but water ingress isn’t like a seasonal virus, it won’t pick up and leave once the rain stops.

Benefits of Waterproofing Your Balcony

Protection Against Frequent Rainfall: Singapore experiences an average annual rainfall of about 2,340 mm, spread over approximately 167 days of rain per year. The average daily relative humidity is over 80%, creating a very moist environment that can significantly affect building structures.

Cost of Waterproofing in Singapore: The cost for waterproofing a balcony in Singapore can vary but typically ranges from SGD 30 to SGD 70 per square metre, depending on the materials and complexity of the job. Specialized waterproofing using more durable or advanced materials can cost more.

Regulatory Compliance: The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore mandates strict standards for building maintenance, which includes proper waterproofing practices. This ensures that all buildings adhere to safety and durability standards, reducing the risk of structural failures.

Combat High Humidity: With daily humidity levels often exceeding 80%, balconies are at risk of accelerated wear and mold growth. Waterproofing helps to mitigate these risks by providing a moisture barrier that keeps the underlying structure dry.

Enhanced Property Aesthetics and Value: Well-maintained balconies with effective waterproofing are more visually appealing and can significantly increase the property’s market value. For many homeowners, the visual appeal of a dry, clean balcony is a notable advantage.

Expert Balcony Waterproofing Solutions

A waterproofing membrane is essential to keeping your outdoor area in prime condition – think of it as a raincoat for your balcony. You don’t like being wet, you hate damp clothes and the smell of mildew doesn’t really scream homely and comfortable, so tackling balcony leaks as soon as possible will make your days (and nights) a whole lot sweeter.

Contacting Le Fong Waterproofing Contractor and taking advantage of our wide range of balcony waterproofing solutions will soon put a smile on your face – our services are lighter on the wallet in the long term and come loaded with insider knowledge to help you maintain your freshly sealed balcony.