How Wicote defeated the elements on a tight schedule

Wicote

 

At SOPREMA, we’re always happy to hear from our customers and to learn more about the challenges they tackle, as well as the amazing projects they accomplish using our wide array of solutions. Projects such as a brand-new apartment building comprising 64 units and a garage, all of which our Swedish customer Wicote had to waterproof on a tight schedule while facing extreme weather and less than ideal working conditions. Read on to find out how they still managed to fulfill their task with flying colours!

GETTING STICKY WITH IT

When Wicote were called to the site, the job proved anything but easy. The team had to conquer heavy rains, storms and snowfall in winter as well as a sweltering heatwave during the summer. “The last days before the summer holidays we fully torched SOPREMA Civilrock C3. Because it was so hot, things got really sticky. Our shoes got stuck to the primer, and the rolls got stuck on each other as we aligned them,” a worker explains.

 

SMART WATERPROOFING

Wicote set out to waterproof the façade of the building by applying a mix of Alsan Quadro and EPDM materials to 56 balconies (three different terraces were temporarily waterproofed with SOPREMA Flam 25 until the walls were finished). The team then applied a double layer of cellular glass insulation which they waterproofed with a layer of Soprarock TF and a layer of Sopralene MF 5500.

“We waterproofed all the concrete joints on the ground level as well, using SOPREMA Alsan Flashing Quadro as a temporary solution. When we were finally able to apply SOPREMA Civilrock C3 to the concrete deck, our temporary solution turned out even better than expected, even though we didn’t use fleece and only applied one layer. We simply brushed off all the dust and got cracking. It saved us a lot of time compared to first applying primer followed by a bitumen product”, a team member adds.

RELIABLE MATERIALS ARE A MUST

Despite running a tight schedule, a construction site is never without surprises. Indeed, the biggest challenge Wicote faced was meeting various strict deadlines. “There’s always something that comes up as the work progresses. A hole in the concrete may require fixing and then needs to cure for at least one day, the scaffolding may still be in the way, the walls may contain flammable Styrofoam, … Thank goodness the quality of the materials we use is the last thing we have to worry about.”