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Bathroom Renovations and Waterproofing

Planning The Bathroom Renovation

The bathroom is the smallest room in a house but by the square metre it is the most expensive to renovate. It is also the room that gives the biggest wow factor!
You cannot afford to get it wrong and the most important part of any bathroom renovation is making sure that it waterproofed correctly and to standards.
If this step is not done correctly – Then you face having to rip out the bathroom you have recently installed to get this done to requirements.

But before getting things done, you need to take time and plan out the entire process.
Needless to say, the success of bathroom renovation depends on the efforts you put into finding the right resources. (And this includes the right bathroom renovation builder).
Because of this, you’d want to ensure you have the right renovation steps and the materials like tiles, bathtubs, and décor.

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What is waterproofing?

Waterproofing is the process of applying either a special membrane or applying a product that will waterproof the surface so that water cannot penetrate it.

Products commonly used in bathroom waterproofing are:

–sheeting
–membranes
–paint that is rolled on or sprayed on


Spray on or paint on waterproofing tends to be the most commonly used as it easier to apply and is flexible finish

The bathroom is the wettest room in the home so it needs to be done right.
Without the right waterproofing you will end up with damage to your floorboards, walls both the framing and plasterboard.
You will notice peeling paint, mould growth, the tiles on the floor lifting or moving and the other structural changes and the wood swells from the water.

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What are the Australian Standards

The Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards has minimum standards (AS 3740-1994).
Always use a qualified and licensed trades person.

What the Australian Standard AS 3740-1994 requires:

  • waterproofing the full floor within the shower recess
  • at least 100mm over the hob or step down onto the bathroom floor should be waterproofed
  • at least 150mm up the walls inside the shower walls needs to be waterproofed
  • the vertical angle between any two walls in the shower needs to be waterproofed up to at least 1800mm high
  • the entire bathroom floor needs to be waterproofed if it’s timber flooring, plywood or particleboard, or if it is above the ground floor of the house

Always try and go above what the minimum requirement is.

The team at Queensland Waterproofers are qualified and licensed for all domestic and commercial waterproofing work

When do I get the waterproofing done

There are steps to take in a bathroom renovation.
Usually the bathroom company or builder you have employed will work to a set schedule.
Typically it will be in this order

  • Remove old bathroom
  • Plumber will disconnect old fixtures and then do a rough plumb in for the new ones
  • Electrician will disconnect old electrical fixtures and do a rough install of the new ones
  • Plastering
  • Waterproofing
  • Cabinets installed
  • Tiling commences
  • Plumber to install and finish taps, bath, toilet etc
  • Electrician to install and finish lights, fans heating etc
  • Shower screens installed and siliconed
  • Final inspection

Ready To Start Your Bathroom Makeover?

Now that you know the steps required , you can start the planning.
A bathroom with a good makeover is appealing and fun to be in.
It is one of the best ways to spruce up your home and turning it into a room you want to spend time in.

How to Choose Bathroom Tiles

To help you choose the right tiles, below are the things to put into consideration.

  • Bathroom size: Normally, a small bathroom requires small-sized tiles if you’re to achieve high-level bathroom aesthetics. Small-sized tiles help in keeping proportionality and maintaining a good visual impression.
  • Colour Preference: The right colour adds life to your bathroom. Therefore, you need to first know your favourite colours and use the information to settle on tiles that pleases you.

How to Choose Bathtubs

  • Bathtub Design: There are a variety of styles to consider. Some of these include the oval-shaped freestanding and the round-shaped bathtub. The style you choose to go with is largely influenced by the size of the bathroom and the materials needed to design the tub.
  • Materials like porcelain, fibreglass, ceramic etc.: This has a way of influencing comfort when using the bathtub. While some materials have a soft feel, others are rough and may not provide the needed comfort.

How to Choose Bathroom Décor

Choosing bathroom décor can be a breeze when you do the following;

  • Decide what you want: First, assess your bathroom to see what’s really missing or what needs improvement.
  • Bathroom Size: Depending on the décor you want, you need to think about the space requirement and if you have it in your bathroom.
  • Design and Aesthetics: The type of décor you choose will either make or break your bathrooms visual appeal. Therefore, if you love aesthetics and adding life to your bathroom, you’d only go for décor that can promote it.
  • Budget: From materials to labour, your budget will play a critical role. Therefore, only go for bathroom décor that has value and is within your budget.

Wrapping it Up!

Make sure you hire the right people for your bathroom renovation and it will all go to plan.
Choosing appropriate bathroom materials can be expensive so get the all important step of waterproofing your bathroom correctly and to standards so that you have the perfect bathroom that you can use and enjoy for many years to come.

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