What to consider when choosing a balcony waterproofing system

  • 14th October 2021

In a recent LinkedIn poll, we reached out to surveyors, building managers and contractors to identify the main considerations when deciding to waterproof balconies. From a choice of time to complete the work, slip-resistance, warranty and ease of cleaning, feedback showed that the biggest consideration was the time it takes to complete the project (38% of the vote). This was closely followed by slip-resistance with 31% of the vote and warranty and ease of cleaning which both accounted for 15% of the vote.

Here at Tor Coatings, we understand that without sufficient protection, balconies and walkways that are regularly exposed to heavy footfall and adverse weather conditions can easily fail, leading to costly repairs and refurbishments.

With this in mind, our guide will outline how we at Tor Coatings provide a waterproofing solution that addresses all four considerations above, to help make your choice a little easier.

Time to complete the project

Undertaking any kind of balcony maintenance can be highly disruptive, especially when it acts as a public walkway for residents to enter and exit the building.

With over 40-years experience in delivering intelligent waterproofing solutions, we have cracked the code in developing an innovative, low odour solution that delivers durable protection in record time – in fact, we offer the fastest installation time ever seen in a balcony coating system!

Where typical systems require 4-5 coats to ensure maximum protection, Elastadeck’s fast-curing formula requires just 2 coats to fully waterproof surfaces. No primer*, no top coat, no time consuming installation. It can even be walked on in one-hour to ninety-minutes after installation.

In most cases, Elastadeck can be applied directly to existing substrates which dramatically reduces the overall project time (and cost!), making it a smart choice when looking to future-proof your balcony, terrace or walkway.


The Elastadeck coating system boasts an unparalleled track record in social housing sectors. Once applied, it offers an attractive, waterproof and slip-resistant finish to balconies, public walkways, external landings, access areas and escape routes in housing, hospitals, hotels, car parks and shopping centres.

With an extensive range of heavy-duty decorative options to choose from, including our new extra-grip flake finish, you can rest assured knowing that your balcony or public walkway will not only look fit for purpose, but it will be safe to walk on, even when wet.


Unsurprisingly, when it comes to choosing a solution that’s designed to stand the test of time, you want to feel confident knowing that it will, in fact, stand the test of time.

Here at Tor Coatings, we take pride in delivering the results our clients want, the way they want them, and that’s why our service continues long after your project hits completion.

For added peace of mind, all Tor waterproofing systems for communal balconies, walkways and terraces are covered by our comprehensive no-quibbles warranty. So, in the unlikely event that you experience any form of complication, you can be safe in the knowledge that one of our experienced Site Specialists will be on hand to work with you to resolve any issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. No challenges, no problems, no fuss – that’s our promise to you.

For more information on our warranty, click here.

Ease of Cleaning

Unlike roofs which can often go unnoticed by the public eye, we understand that when it comes to balconies and communal walkways, having a surface that is easy to clean – whether it’s scuff marks from shoes and bikes or windblown debris – is important to maintaining the overall image of a building. Plus, our new flake finish provides a smoother surface, making cleaning even easier.

In keeping with the look and appearance of buildings, Elastadeck utilises our ‘in-can’ tinting service which enables us to create bespoke paint colours that compliment your project perfectly. Simply let us know the RAL/BS/NCS shade and we will create your perfect match for you.

To find out more about our fast-curing, intelligent waterproofing system for balconies, click here. Alternatively, browse through our Project Profiles to see how Elastadeck has benefited our clients. There’s a great case study on Wandsworth Balconies, Tamar Way and Waverly & Mather Flats.

To talk through your options before your free site survey, contact a helpful member of our team today.

*No primer required on most non-porous surfaces


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