The owner of a 120 year old house contacted us to request a solution for a damp floor in his utility room. The room is above ground, approximately 15m2, with no earth retaining walls. The original floor is a combination of brick and flagstones. The floor surface was uneven, and it had been suffering from damp for a long time. The owner wished to damp proof and level the floor, but in this case he expressed a wish not to pull up the flagstones / brick and use a damp course, preferring to overlay the floor, damp proof it and level it. A solution was needed that was quick to install, and easy to put down
Advantages Of A Dimpled Flooring Membrane
For a project which incorporates an old floor, a flooring membrane like Newton 601 Slimline is a perfect solution. This membrane sits on top of the original floor. The membrane has an ‘X’ pattern that allows for vapour movement and vapour equalisation allowing the drying of the damp, and it provides an impermeable barrier against moisture affecting the new floor finishes above.
Finishing the Floor
Once the membrane has been laid on the floor, a levelling sand/cement screed can then be put on top and allows a floor finish to be applied over it. The screed depth should be approximately 65mm.
Alternatively a chipboard or engineered timber floor may be used as the floor finish. However if the original floor is uneven the chipboard may give the effect of a slight bounce as the floor is walked on.
Advantages of Using a Membrane To Damp Proof An Old Floor
Flooring membranes are suitable for use in many flooring situations. The membrane also acts as a complete vapour barrier. The membrane is quick, easy and cost effective to install and is suitable for a number of floor finishes.
For any further information about damp proofing a floor or for a list of Newton Specialist Basement Contractors in your area, please contact Newton Waterproofing Systems on 01732 360 095 and or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org