Self-Adhesive Waterproofing Systems

Self-adhesive waterproofing systems, also known as self-adhering waterproofing membranes or peel-and-stick waterproofing membranes, are a type of waterproofing material designed to provide a barrier against water infiltration. These membranes come with an adhesive backing that makes them easy to install, as they can be applied directly to a variety of surfaces. Here are some key aspects of self-adhesive waterproofing systems:

Components of Self-Adhesive Waterproofing Systems:

  1. Membrane Material: Self-adhesive waterproofing membranes are typically made of modified bitumen or synthetic materials. The choice of material depends on the specific application and performance requirements.

  2. Adhesive Backing: The membrane’s underside is coated with a self-adhesive compound, which is protected by a release liner until installation. The adhesive allows the membrane to bond securely to the substrate.

  3. Surface Finish: Some self-adhesive membranes have a surface finish or protection layer, which can include materials like HDPE (high-density polyethylene), fabric, or mineral granules, depending on the intended use.

Installation Process:

  1. Surface Preparation: The surface to be waterproofed must be clean, dry, and free of dust, debris, and contaminants. Any cracks or imperfections should be repaired before installation.

  2. Peel and Stick: The release liner on the adhesive side of the membrane is removed, exposing the sticky surface. The membrane is then carefully applied to the prepared substrate, ensuring proper alignment and minimizing wrinkles or air pockets.

  3. Seam Overlap: When multiple rolls or sheets of membrane are used, they should be overlapped as per the manufacturer’s recommendations to create a continuous barrier. The seams are pressed together to ensure a secure seal.

  4. Detailing: Special attention is given to details such as corners, penetrations, and terminations. Additional pieces of membrane or flashing may be used to ensure watertight seals in these areas.

  5. Pressure Application: After applying the membrane, pressure is applied using a roller or other appropriate tools to ensure proper adhesion and eliminate any trapped air.

Advantages of Self-Adhesive Waterproofing Systems:

  • Ease of Installation: Self-adhesive membranes are user-friendly and do not require the use of open flames or additional adhesives during installation.

  • Versatility: They can be applied to a variety of surfaces, including concrete, wood, metal, and more.

  • Waterproofing Performance: When installed correctly, self-adhesive membranes offer excellent waterproofing capabilities and durability.

  • Durability: Many self-adhesive membranes are designed to withstand UV exposure and harsh weather conditions.

  • Flexibility: They can accommodate building movement without compromising their waterproofing integrity.


  • Proper surface preparation and installation techniques are crucial to ensuring the effectiveness of self-adhesive waterproofing systems.

  • Compatibility with specific substrates and compatibility with other building materials should be considered.

  • Periodic inspections and maintenance are necessary to monitor the condition of the membrane over time.

Self-adhesive waterproofing systems are commonly used in various construction applications, including below-grade waterproofing for foundations, waterproofing of below-grade structures, plaza decks, and balconies. They are valued for their ease of installation, reliable waterproofing performance, and versatility in addressing a wide range of waterproofing needs.