Safeguard Europe’s Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream has been successfully applied at the Long Eaton Baptist Church in Nottinghamshire to prevent penetrating damp from rain and enhance the building’s thermal efficiency.
The damp-proofing cream was specified after the church’s main walls, which date back to the 1860s, were suffering from penetrating damp, as Paul Walker of CK Walker Damp & Timbers discovered.
Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream is BBA-certified and has been independently shown to prevent penetrating damp from rain. This improves the building’s thermal performance, as dry bricks have twice the thermal resistance of wet.
The product is easy to apply by either brush or roller and does not affect the appearance of the building. Stormdry cures colourlessly to the original finish of masonry in 12 hours.
Applying a single coat of Stormdry will protect the substrate for up to 25 years. The coating has been developed to penetrate deeper than traditional liquid applied water repellents (up to 12mm in flettons), meaning that its crack-bridging capability is greater and its life expectancy is increased.
Stormdry can be applied to dry or wet walls, as the coating lines the pores of the brickwork rather than blocking them; allowing water vapour to escape while simultaneously preventing further ingress.
Stormdry cream is cheaper to install than insulation, and is classified under VATA Notice 708/6 as an energy-saving measure which qualifies for a reduced tax rate of 5%.
The treatment can provide energy savings of up to 29% according to tests conducted by the University of Portsmouth and will also cut growths such as mould and moss.
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