Delivering two major benefits in just one convenient product, Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream from Safeguard Europe – the UK’s leading specialist in damp- and waterproofing, and masonry repair solutions – not only stops rain penetrating external walls; but also boosts their thermal efficiency.
The two benefits are closely linked simply because dry walls have better insulating qualities than wet ones – dry bricks have twice the thermal resistance of wet. Safeguard has scientifically and independently proven this link so definitively that Stormdry classified under VAT Notice 708/6 as an energy-saving measure that qualifies for a reduced VAT rate of 5%. According to tests conducted on solid wall constructions by the University of Portsmouth, the treatment will provide energy savings of up to 29%.
Easily applied by either brush or roller, Stormdry cures colourlessly to the original finish of masonry in just 12 hours and just a single coat will protect the substrate for up to 30 years. Stormdry is more deeply penetrating than traditional liquid applied water repellents – up to 12mm in flettons – meaning that its crack-bridging capability is greater; and its life expectancy increased.
Stormdry can even be applied to wet walls, which will continue to dry out because the cream works by lining the pores of brickwork and other masonry rather than blocking them. This enables water vapour to escape while preventing moisture, such as penetrating rain or excess surface water, ingress.
It can also be used to deal with the issues of damp that can arise with cavity wall insulation as its vapour permeability enables the wall to dry out while preventing the entry of more water that may impact adversely on the insulation’s performance.
The Stormdry cream also has significant advantages over insulation because it costs less to install, does not change the appearance of the building and can be applied quickly and simply with minimal disruption to the occupier. The masonry protection cream will also cut growths such as mould and moss and is also part of Safeguard Europe’s flood protection system.
Safeguard Europe also provides comprehensive technical support and advice from its highly qualified and experienced staff on Stormdry applications.