Though both masonry and timber make excellent materials for building thanks to their innate strength, they are vulnerable to damage from water. When it comes to masonry, moisture can seep through its microscopic pores, leading to problems with damp in the internal environment. Left unchecked, water damage to masonry can cause issues including cracking, spalling and general deterioration which can, in extreme cases, lead to complete structural failure.
Timber is a hydroscopic material, which simply means that it readily absorbs moisture. When this happens, the dimensions of the timber increase which, in construction applications, can cause bowing, sagging and twisting that negatively affects structural integrity. In addition, damp timber provides a perfect environment for the growth of mould, algae and fungi, all of which cause the material to rot.
In this section of our website, you will find several water repellent products for use on masonry and timber, all of which imbue the substrate with the necessary protection to prevent these issues. Prevention is better than cure!