Ineffective waterproofing is the biggest issue in the building industry today, with almost 80 per cent of building faults related to waterproofing failures. Never is this truer than on the terraces, decks, balconies and courtyards of the multi-residential projects throughout Australia.

So as the trend of Australians seeking higher density living over traditional single unit housing (with apartments and townhouses now accounting for about one third of all new housing constructed) continues to grow, the need for effective waterproofing solutions becomes increasingly significant.

Despite their prominence, waterproofing failures are preventable with the use of the right systems.

For these multi-residential applications, the use of adjustable paving support in favour of traditional paving systems can help to overcome the issue of ineffective waterproofing.

Adjustable pedestals provide a range of benefits to outdoor spaces of high density housing, with the versatility and flexibility to adjust to the unique requirements of each project.

Traditional paving systems were not designed to be constructed over occupied spaces. As such, their usage in apartment buildings can create a number of issues. These issues can range from cosmetic damage like efflorescence, making it difficult for trades to access after installation, through to much more serious structural issues brought upon through ineffective draining.

 As the pedestals raise the paving or decking, it provides a cavity to conceal services, allows for easy access to maintenance, improves heat and sound insulation and most importantly facilitates rapid drainage of surface water, removing the need for drainage grates and eliminating the occurrence of unsightly efflorescence, as well as the potential for serious structural damage.

This infographic from Elmich takes a look at paving and decking solutions in multi-residential projects, and the pros and cons of traditional paving systems vs. adjustable paving support.