Self-Curing – The coating that does not require the application of water for gaining its strength but cures due to the moisture present in the atmosphere. Such coatings require protection surface over it if exposed to the weather.
Non-critical repairs – Cracks in RCC structure below 2mm, masonry wall if it is not load-bearing, painting, patch repair to plaster, housekeeping, replacement of broken interiors, anti-termite treatment, loose switches and sockets, damage of false flooring/ceiling.
There are a wide variety of roof floor finishes from plain cement concrete to wooden deck, to porcelain, ceramic tiles; rubber flooring, to natural stones like marbles and granites; mosaic and Kota floorings are also some of common floor finishes we use.
It all boils down to the budget one affords. If you are too tight on your budget, then simply you can do the water proofing of the terrace after which can you do a plain cement concrete in a harder format. For a little more budget, you can go for 14mm textured terrace tile and this heavy duty tile can be used on the terrace as well as parking. If your budget is good then you can also go for natural materials like blazed granite leather finish for non-slip surface. You can also go for wpc (wood plastic composite) flooring which you can combine it with grass matte (artificial) and pebbles or chips with plantations in the corner or some shaped format. But make sure while going for any of these options the water proofing should be properly done.
The Brick v/s block debate is a very close one and anyone who is about to get a construction started with have to deal with the comparing of pros and cons of both. However, a lot depends on place, budget and situation of the builder. For some, brick masonry constructions are necessary because they ultimately want lesser maintenance even when the cost of building is higher. Some people, on the other side would prefer less cost of construction and regular renovations to keep the blocks well maintained.
Making of red bricks is not so eco-friendly it seems but the same can be said about the blocks not being up for the purpose of recycle.
Some advantages of using the APP membrane are that it has enhanced bitumen performance which helps in UV resistance. It is not affected by rapid changes in temperature and is still efficient during extreme hot and cold temperatures. APP waterproofing membranes also provide superior tensile strength while maintaining critical flexibility.
Before finalizing the type of plants you want in your garden, you need to understand the sun and wind exposure on your roof. Ample amount of daylight gives you many options otherwise sedums, lettuce will be good options. Also extremely windy areas can dry out the plants or break the stem system before they can mature.
Drainage and Waterproofing
This is the most important step your rooftop garden needs. Cutting cost in it not only will you have a soggy garden with drowned roots, but you could set yourself up for serious structural damage.
First, install a tapered layer of insulation (Screed Concrete) to the rooftop to channel excess water into a storage tank system or drainage on the ground. Over it you need a waterproofing membrane. You can go for polymer coating but going for something sturdier like rubber or synthetic membrane will stop roots to penetrate into the roof. Then you need a drainage surface to drain out all that excess water given to plant. Drainage cells offer a perfect solution for this. Its high load bearing capacity and water retention properties are some of its properties. Over it comes a layer of Geo-textile membrane. Non-woven geo-textile fabrics are excellent in filtration. They allow water to pass through them whilst keeping out fine soil particles. You can now go for growing medium i.e soil and with that you’ll be ready to plant any number of plants, flowers, herbs, and veggies.
So what are you waiting for? Raise your eyes to the heavens, grab a ladder and tape measure and take your gardening to a whole new level with a rooftop or balcony garden. And for more information on waterproofing that works, ask Healthy Homes or visit www.healthyhomes.co.in
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