Have a leaky pond, water feature, or pool with a hole in the lining somewhere? Tired of nearly breaking your neck on slick, slippery RV stairs or the wet concrete floor in your garage? You’re in luck – there’s a way to deal with all of these issues and many others with the application of a simple product that will keep those surfaces safe, dry and repaired seamlessly. It’s called liquid rubber, and as a water proofer and floor covering it’s second to none.
Liquid rubber isn’t some strange science-fiction technology that only shows up in the movies and on television. In fact, the ability to make liquid rubber has been around since the 1970s – it’s actually a byproduct of the process that crude oil goes through as it’s distilled into different things like gasoline – and the result is an incredibly durable synthetic rubber that lasts for decades once it’s applied. It’s popular as a waterproof commercial roof covering, but it can be used nearly everywhere and on nearly every surface, including most plastics, metals, concrete, and even wood – and even when there are substances that might be resistant to liquid rubber, you can use a specialized primer to prepare the surface easily.
Better Than the Rest
The idea behind sealing and waterproofing floors and other surfaces isn’t anything new. There are all sorts of sprays, adhesives, or other similar products that can also provide a watertight seal while also offering coatings that can provide high levels of traction if needed. However, nothing does it better than liquid rubber. As a floor covering, it’s easy to apply with either a brush, a paint roller or a spray gun, it dries quickly and offers almost immediate waterproofing, and it lasts for several years – sometimes as long as a decade – thanks to how resistant liquid rubber is to cracking or peeling. One application is all you need to keep things dry and keep yourself from slipping on an otherwise treacherous patch of flooring for a very long time. Even if you do need to patch a spot later on down the line thanks to severe environmental damage, the newly coated area will dry quickly and restore your seal almost instantly.
Safe for the Environment
As durable and tough as liquid rubber is, it’s also one of those few construction materials that is as close to safe for the environment as you can get. While it’s always a good idea to not apply liquid floor coverings indoors unless you’re in a well-ventilated area, there’s very little in the way of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by liquid rubber as it dries. In fact, many manufacturers even offer an ultra-low VOC or no VOC version of liquid rubber that doesn’t compromise its durability or waterproofing properties. These products are typically slightly more expensive than just regular liquid rubber, but it’s a small price to pay for knowing that you’re using an environmentally friendly product.