Understanding the Importance of Masonry Waterproofing 


Chad Rife

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There’s no denying that brick and stone are some of the most durable materials out there. Despite this and modern building methods, waterproofing is essential. This is because water can eventually make its way into the surface of the masonry, leading to mold, cracks, and other damages. By waterproofing your masonry, you can avoid these issues and keep your commercial structure in optimal shape for years to come.


What is Masonry Waterproofing?

The purpose of masonry waterproofing is to seal masonry walls that may be made of brick, stone, or other materials. It creates a protective barrier that shields against water and moisture. As long as the waterproofing is performed correctly by a professional with a high quality product, it can prevent a variety of damages and help your masonry stand the test of time.

Masonry waterproofing can also provide an additional layer of insulation and allow you to keep your structure warm while saving on energy costs. Even if your masonry contains paint, waterproofing is likely necessary.

Here’s why: standard paints used for masonry are typically acrylic-based, making them less breathable and unable to release the moisture that the structure will accumulate over time. Waterproofing with a special sealant that contains silanes and siloxanes can allow for exceptional breathability and provide adequate protection against water. It may significantly increase the durability of your construction material.


You might be asking yourself, “how long does a waterproofing job last?” On average, masonry waterproofing will stay intact for 10 years. However, this will depend on your location's climate and how the sealant was applied. Our professional team at Rife Masonry can ensure your waterproofing lasts for as long as possible.

By being proactive and investing in waterproofing for your commercial property, you can reduce the risk of water-related issues that often result in expensive repairs and replacements. You may also save money on maintenance costs and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your building is well-maintained.

5 Reasons to Waterproof Masonry

Contrary to popular belief, waterproofing masonry is not an option. It’s a necessity as it can prevent these issues:

1. Water Damage

When water seeps into your masonry, you may face moisture penetration, which can take a toll on the surface of your building. Depending on the level of penetration, you may notice hairline cracks in the walls and chimneys, deteriorating mortar joints, and mold growth. Waterproofing your masonry can stop water from coming in and ruining your commercial structure.

2. Mold and Mildew

If your masonry lacks a waterproof barrier, water will slowly but surely enter the pores of the brick or other material. This can increase the risk of mold and mildew growth, especially in areas of low sunlight. Note that mold, which can be highly toxic and damaging cannot be prevented with cleaners made of chlorine, bleaches, or metallic salts. In fact, these cleaners can have the opposite and create damage as well as stains.

3. Cracks

As a result of moisture buildup and temperature changes masonry is prone to cracking. Professional waterproofing can effectively reduce its risk. In addition to waterproofing, regular inspections may prevent cracks of various sizes, which can be expensive and time consuming to resolve.

4. Efflorescence

Efflorescence refers to evaporating water that leaves behind deposits of salt and is typically powdery and white in color. Since it can take away from the aesthetics of your structure and weaken its integrity, waterproofing is vital.

5. Corrosion

Acid rain, salt, and weathering can all lead to corrosion on masonry walls. Fortunately, the right waterproofing product can last longer than traditional silicones and silanes and stop this issue in its tracks.

How Does Masonry Waterproofing Work?

We are pleased to perform masonry waterproofing at Rife Masonry. Before our highly skilled and experienced contractors begin your service, they’ll repair any physical damage and thoroughly clean your walls. If necessary, our contractors will also use a color correction stain. Then they’ll professionally apply a top quality waterproof sealant. You can expect your waterproofing project to be completed on time and on budget, without much disruption to your daily operations.

Hire Us for Professional Masonry Waterproofing in Seattle

Masonry waterproofing is easier said than done. It requires a professional team who has the skills and meticulous attention to detail required to perform the job professionally. The good news is you can depend on Rife Masonry for top-notch masonry waterproofing services in Seattle and the surrounding area. Contact us today for a no-obligation waterproofing quote for your commercial property.

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