Despite the waterproofing industry being forecasted for significant growth over the next five years due to emerging and expanding markets, the supply chain issues that have plagued the construction industry and other sectors have resulted in serious challenges.
The waterproofing industry in 2021 is facing challenges that are difficult to overcome without ingenuity, resourcefulness and collaboration.
While developers, consultants and architects are not responsible for these disruptions, they are feeling their effects. Making sure that buildings are sufficiently waterproofed for safety purposes on time and under budget has never been a walk in the park, but is particularly difficult at the current time.
Despite challenges, you want to make sure that projects reflect your skill and expertise, and are not hampered by external factors. Explaining to your clients that you are unable to provide them with their desired solution due to circumstances outside of your control is never fun.
Thankfully, companies like ours (EPRO) can help provide top-quality waterproofing solutions regardless of current challenges. Partnering with us can help you to deliver value for your clients, and gain the insight and confidence needed for your professional reputation.
In this article, we will look at some of the challenges facing the waterproofing industry and how we can help you overcome these challenges.
What Are the Challenges in the Waterproofing Industry in 2021?
The ongoing supply chain issues have created a “domino effect,'' resulting in other specific challenges that affect professionals in the commercial waterproofing industry and other areas of construction. Here are some of the challenges that you are likely to encounter.
Late Deliveries of Materials
One of the most frustrating and disruptive results of the waterproofing industry supply chain issues is delays in delivery times. Successful project management often hinges on stock and materials being ready for use at certain times. Developers and other industry professionals are experiencing long project delays, often due to a single type of material arriving late.
Another effect of disrupted markets in the construction industry, as well as reduced working conditions, is a shortage of workers available to carry out projects. Labor shortages often lead to projects taking longer than they otherwise would. If less-qualified workers are hired in response to labor shortages, then projects may not be carried out as quickly or to the expected level of quality.
Supply chain issues affect the general availability of specific materials as well as the time taken for delivery. The ideal materials are often unavailable from suppliers, as importing them from overseas may no longer be possible. To keep to planned timeframes, companies may begin to use less ideal materials as a substitute for what was really needed.
Alternatively, timeframes can be extended in order to wait until the correct materials are available. Choosing between insufficient materials and delayed projects is not a great choice to have to make, and it can negatively affect customers and clients who may become unsatisfied and blame developers, builders or architects.
Ultimately, you would rather not have to explain why you were unable to meet the expectations of clients. So, how can you avoid having these uncomfortable conversations? Let’s find out.
How Can These Challenges Be Overcome?
While these challenges are significant, they can certainly be overcome. There is no need for expectations to be reduced around projects, for corners to be cut or for customers and clients to have to settle for compromised solutions.
Partnering with waterproofing experts can take the pressure off your shoulders, while also ensuring that results are of the highest quality. Choosing the right waterproofing solution can enable you to provide excellent projects regardless of the circumstances.
The ideal waterproofing provider will have a wide variety of products to meet specific requirements and project site conditions, as well as having the expertise to provide the support and advice needed at all stages of the project.
Speaking with an experienced waterproofing advisor when the project is at the planning stage is an important step in ensuring that the solution provided to you perfectly matches your needs and those of your customer or client.
How Can EPRO Help Overcome These Challenges?
Here at EPRO, we have over twenty-five years of experience providing cutting-edge waterproofing solutions for commercial and residential purposes, and new challenges aren’t going to change that.
Working with us enables you to overcome these challenges. Our partners benefit from:
A Wide Range of Materials Available
Although supply chains have been disrupted, our range of multi-layer, composite waterproofing materials are available and remain extensive. Due to our carefully-chosen suppliers, we have not had to contend with the supply chain disruptions that many of our competitors have.
Experienced and Qualified Personnel
Every member of our team is knowledgeable and experienced in waterproofing. We provide support at every stage of the process — from planning to supporting customers in person on job sites to providing support after the completion of a project, we will be there to help. We even offer CAD (computer-aided design) support.
To guarantee you get the most out of our products, our extensive warranties come with various options available.
Our Labor and Material (L&M) warranties make sure that both performance of the materials and the work of the waterproofing installer are covered. Our material warranties provide free replacement of any defective materials.
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Deliver a Successful Project With EPRO
We are proud of our successful and extensive history of providing outstanding waterproofing solutions for a wide range of applications to our clients.
Our trademark asphaltic emulsion — which is spray-applied, water-based and polymer-modified — has been the cornerstone of countless successful waterproofing and contaminant protection solutions. We call this method Redundant-Field Installed Composite Design, and alongside our dedication to excellent customer service, it has made us one of the most well known and sought after waterproofing providers.
Our waterproof membranes can be applied to foundation slabs, shoring walls, freestanding concrete walls, podium decks and other surfaces. From providing basic foundations to tackling contaminated groundwater and soil, our products excel at a variety of applications.
The EPRO Process
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Our team will evaluate the site and goals of your project, and present you with product options to suit a range of budgets.
We will identify potential problems and challenges of your specific project, and then provide creative solutions.
Our authorized EPRO installers will install your chosen EPRO products. The installation can be continuously monitored and verified by EPRO certified inspectors.
One year after the completion of the project, we can help evaluate the installation. In the event of any discovering any problems, we help fix them for you.