Damp Proofing in Birmingham
Extensions such as garage conversions will typically require additional damp proofing to be added during the conversion, as the existing garage normally has a single skin design for walls and floors, which was not designed to be in accordance with building regulations for habitable rooms. This damp proofing should be put into walls and floors. Furthermore, the roof of the garage conversion will need water proofing. The damp proofing of the floor of the garage conversion will usually be achieved by by using a damp proof membrane. This membrane is available in either solid or liquid form. The damp proof membrane will be placed down either on top of the existing concrete floor, below the new floor, or as part of both, depending on whether the floor will be a solid or a floating floor. In a few garages, the walls have been damp proofed, but this might have to be improved as part of the conversion in order to adhere to current building regulations. The walls should be damp proofed to be able to safeguard the brickwork from rotting gradually as moisture sets in. This can be carried out by either employing damp proof membranes, waterproof rendering, or cavity insulation, depending on the type of walls already present in the garage. Damp proofing is a part of the building regulations that the garage conversion will need to comply with, therefore is it vital to ensure that your garage conversion incorporates suitable damp proofing methods.