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It seems like a weird idea to have the exterior of your home waterproofed. After all, homes have been standing in the elements for years and bearing up under all kinds of weather. Yet, there are some good reasons for waterproofing your home — namely, if your home is in a very wet area of the country, it is a very old wooden home, and/or it has had problems with mold in the past. There are three approaches to exterior waterproofing, and it helps to know how each is applied so that you can decide whether or not to have it done and which approach you would rather buy.
In this approach, all of the siding is removed from your home. The entire house is wrapped in a layer of waterproofing material and tightly sealed to the existing insulation. Then the siding is all reinstalled. The entire process takes longer than any other approach, and it tends to be the more expensive option. However, it prevents a ton of mold and mildew and not even flood waters can get through the waterproofing wrap material.
This is akin to spraying a waterproof coating on your deck furniture or the deck itself. It is ideal for homes that still have wood siding, or have vinyl siding over the top of old wood siding. A very special waterproofing mixture is sprayed completely and thoroughly over the entire exterior of your home, including any dormer window areas and any gables or peaks where siding exists. The spray is very tacky when applied, so it must not be touched for a few hours after application. It can only be applied on sunny days or days when it will not rain either, or the spray will not stick, dry, and provide a thin, hard shell of protection to your home.
Like spray foam in a can, this particular waterproofing approach is injected into spaces and it expands slightly. A trowel is used to thin any excess material over the whole of the area. It is applied under siding, into foundation cracks, and spread out over the foundation to seal it. The injected approach is sometimes used exclusively for the foundation and in conjunction with the wrapped approach for maximum efficacy. If you also have a crawl space, the injected and/or wrap approaches may be used to seal the interior of the crawl space, too.