WHY LIQUID MEMBRANE?

For over 25 years, I have been developing a line of surface products designed to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Along the way, I have been met with many challenges. Our clients wanted a product that streamlined the waterproofing process, offered the durability and strength to stabilize multiple surface types and wood substrates, and also function as a waterproof adhesive. Unlike many product on the market that only accomplish one or two of these requirements, my goal was to create a single, high-performance solution that could meet all of them. That “one source” solution is: “SEMCO LIQUID MEMBRANE” - Samel Sem, The Founder

The SEMCO Liquid Membrane is a single component water-based waterproofing and anti-fracture membrane. It is a self-contained elastomeric fluid suspended in a copolymer adhesive, this revolutionary blend enables easy application while providing excellent bridging, and waterproofing.

SEMCO Liquid Membrane

SUBSTRATES

  • Concrete
  • Plywood
  • Stone
  • Exterior/interior cladding
  • Residential, industrial and commercial

COVERAGE

sq ft / gallon, 2 coats @ 40 mil(1mm)

Open pore substrates25 – 50
Closed pore substrates35- 65
X-Bond Scratch Coat100 – 150

Waterproof Everything, Adhere to Everything, SEMCO Liquid Membrane Everything

Integrated chemical adhesion enables mechanical cross-linking to the applied surfaces, creating a perfect bond for long lasting protection.

→ SEE ACTIVE ADHESION IN ACTION

Low VOC waterproofing that allows you to proceed with your finish within 2 hours of application enabling a speedier project completion.

→ SEE HOW WATERPROOFING IS DONE

Up to 400% stretch and elongation providing future crack suppression for years to come. Stabilizes wood substrates to receive surface finish products.

→ SEE HOW TO REPAIR CRACKS AND CONTROL JOINTS

FEATURED PROJECTS

APPLICATION

Roller
2 coats

Paint brush
2 coats minimum

Apply at temperatures from 50°F to 90°F

Waterproofing concrete and wood substrates

Liquid Membrane is the perfect self adhering Membrane for waterproofing concrete and wood substrates. Use it for your shower, fountain, pool interior and protect it from long term water or moisture damage

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Repair cracks up to 1/4″ wide

Repair existing surface cracks and imperfections to ensure clean and smooth finish application.

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Repair control joints and cracks wider than 1/4″

Up to 400% stretch and elongation providing future crack suppression for years to come.

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Stabilization of existing substrates

Repair existing surface cracks and imperfections to ensure clean and smooth finish application.

* Drawing is not to scale

SPECIFICATIONS

ColorOrange (other colors available on request)
Chemical typeLatex – cross-link hybrid
Clean upSEMCO Stone Soap with water
Shelf life2 year in controlled environment (ambient temperature of 60ºF – 72ºF)
Packaging1 gal | 5 gal | 55 gal
Warranty5 year standard limited warranty, 10 year for non-traffic surfaces

DRYING / RECOAT TIME

DRYING / RECOAT TIME

Drying times are affected by temperature and relative humidity. The chart represents guidline values but each project is to be treated individually.

The chart represents the time needed in between coats at specified temperature.

CURE TIME

Curing time is affected by temperature and humidity.

For example at only 50º F, a full cure would take 10 days in comparison to at 95º F it would only take 5 days to cure.

LABORATORY TEST RESULTS

ANSI 118.10 – Breaking Strength ( ASTM D751, Procedure B )Pass
ANSI 118.10 – Dimensional Stability ( ASTM D1204 )Pass
ANSI 118.10 – 7-Day Shear Strength ( ASTM C482-9.8)173 PSI / shear
ANSI 118.10 – 7-Day Water Immersion Shear Strength132 PSI
ANSI 118.10 – 4-Week Shear Strength234 PSI
ASTM E96 – Water Vapor Transmission1.52 (g/hr-m2)
ASTM E96 -Water Vapor Transmission : Permeability0.135 (perm-in)
ISO 37 – Tensile Strength ( ASTM D412 ) : Maximum Stress453 PSI
ISO 37 – Tensile Strength ( ASTM D412 ) : Ultimate Elongation321 %
ASTM D42370 – Tensile Strength: Maximum Stress184 PSI
ASTM D42370 – Tensile Strength: Ultimate Elongation. → WATCH VIDEO520%

APPLICATION INSTRUCTION

CRACKS & CONTROL JOINTS
  • TYPE A: FRACTURES UP TO 1/16 INCH CRACKS ( 1.6 mm )

HOW : Apply minium 2 coats of Liquid Membrane to achieve a thickness of at least 3 mil to retard future reoccurrence of crack. 30 min at 70 °F between coats

PURPOSE : Repair process will aid lessening the chance for a crack to reform

  • TYPE B: CRACKS BETWEEN 1/16 – 1/4 INCH ( 1.6 mm – 6.3 mm )

HOW : Roll or brush Liquid Membrane inside the crack. ALLOW IT TO DRY. Roll X-Bond Liquid as a primer coat. DO NOT ALLOW IT TO DRY. Apply X-Bond mixture (1 part X-Bond Liquid : 3 parts X-Bond Stone) to fill up the cracks. ALLOW MIXTURE TO DRY. ONCE DRY roll 2 coats of Liquid Membrane to achieve a thickness of at least 3 mil to prevent future reoccurrence of crack. 30 min at 70 °F between coats

PURPOSE : Repair process will aid lessening the chance for a crack to reform

  • TYPE C: CRACKS OR OPENINGS EXCEEDING 1/4 INCH ( 6.3 mm + )

    STEP 1

    HOW : Roll or brush Liquid Membrane inside the crack. ALLOW IT TO DRY. Roll X-Bond Liquid as a primer coat. DO NOT ALLOW IT TO DRY. Apply X-Bond mixture* to fill up the cracks. ALLOW MIXTURE* TO DRY. ONCE DRY roll 1 coat of Liquid Membrane. While still wet imbed 6” wide anti-fracture fabric to surface, and immediately roll an additional 2 coats of Liquid Membrane to fully encapsulate anti- fracture fabric.

    PURPOSE : Repair process will aid lessening the chance for a crack to reform

    STEP 2

    HOW : When applying the next line of anti-fracture fabric overlap the new sheet over the existing sheet a minimum of 2”

    PURPOSE : Creates a single surface to deter future reopening

    STEP 3

    HOW : Allow surface to dry and proceed to X-Bond Ensures there are no imprints and the surface is Brown Coat

    PURPOSE : Ensures there are no imprints and the surface is Brown Coat ready to receive the next step

     

LIQUID MEMBRANE PROCEDURE
  • STEP 1

HOW : Sweep debris off of surface and loose surface

PURPOSE : Ensure proper bond to substrate

  • STEP 2

HOW :Use a 1/2 nap roller. Allow any pre-treated areas to dry to the touch. Apply a generous coat of Liquid Membrane with brush or roller over substrate including pre-treated areas. Apply another generous coat of Liquid Membrane over the first coat of Liquid Membrane. Let topcoat dry to the touch, approximately 1–2 hours at 70 °F (21 °C) and 50% RH. When last coat has dried to the touch, inspect final surface for pinholes, voids, thin spots or other defects. Liquid Membrane will dry to bright orange color when it’s dry to touch. Use additional Liquid Membrane to seal the defects. Required thickness is 3 mil

PURPOSE : Suitable of all sizes of installations, and ensures best performance of the Liquid Membrane

  • SPRAYING APPLICATION

HOW : The sprayer being used for the application of Liquid Membrane should be capable of producing a mini- mum of 2,500 psi (17.2), maximum of 3,300 psi (22.8 MPa) with a flow rate of 0.95 to 1.6 GPM (3.6 to 6.0 LPM) using a 0.521 or a 0.631 reversible tip. Keep the unit filled with Liquid Membrane to ensure con- tinuous application of liquid. The hose length should not exceed 100’ (30 m) in length and 3/8” (9 mm) in diameter. Required thickness is 3 mil

PURPOSE : Reserved for exceptionally large areas, and ensures best performance of the Liquid Membrane

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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Liquid Membrane?

The SEMCO Liquid Membrane is a single component waterproofing and anti-fracture membrane. It is a self-contained elastomeric fluid suspended in a copolymer adhesive, this revolutionary blend enables easy application while providing excellent bridging, and waterproofing.

SEMCO Liquid Membrane creates a continuous waterproof membrane barrier with outstanding adhesion and reduces crack transmission in tile, concrete and stone floors.

What are the key benefits of Liquid Membrane?
  • Easy to use – can be applied with a roller or brush
  • Rated for heavy duty service
  • Suitable for waterproofing pools, water features, showers and wood surfaces
  • 400 % stretch and elongation. Stabilizes wood substrates to receive surface finish products
  • 500 PSI or 3.44 N/mm2 adhesion
  • Quick drying time allows you to proceed within 2 hrs of application with your finish
How can Liquid Membrane be applied?

SEMCO Liquid Membrane can be applied with a paintbrush or roller on to the surface. 2 coats are required for optimal performance.

What is Liquid Membrane used for?

Liquid Membrane is the perfect self adhering Membrane for waterproofing concrete and wood substrates. Use it for your shower, fountain, pool interior and protect it from long term water or moisture damage.

Which substrates are suitable for Liquid Membrane?
  • Concrete, cement mortar, masonry
  • Cement Backerboard
  • Exterior Plywood and OSB
  • Exterior Decks
  • Post-Tension Concrete
  • Lightweight Concrete 
  • Gypsum-Based cement topping
  • Existing tile and resilient flooring
Are there any laboratory test results for Liquid Membrane?

Yes. Liquid Membrane has undergone the following tests:

ANSI 118.10 – Breaking Strength ( ASTM D751, Procedure B )

Pass

ANSI 118.10 – Dimensional Stability ( ASTM D1204 )

Pass

ANSI 118.10 – 7-Day Shear Strength ( ASTM C482-9.8)

173 PSI / shear

ANSI 118.10 – 7-Day Water Immersion Shear Strength

132 PSI

ANSI 118.10 – 4-Week Shear Strength

234 PSI

ASTM E96 – Water Vapor Transmission

1.52 (g/hr-m2)

ASTM E96 -Water Vapor Transmission : Permeability

0.135 (perm-in)

ISO 37 – Tensile Strength ( ASTM D412 ) : Maximum Stress

390 PSI

ISO 37 – Tensile Strength ( ASTM D412 ) : Ultimate Elongation

400%

How can I bridge cracks with Liquid Membrane?

For cracks up to 1/4” wide you must fill the crack first with X-Bond mixture before applying the Liquid Membrane over it.

For cracks wider than 1/4” or control joints, apply Liquid Membrane first into the crack or control joint, fill it up and then apply another coat of Liquid Membrane followed by fabric reinforcement and put a second coat of Liquid Membrane over the fabric for maximum adhesion.

Does the surface has to be cleaned before using Liquid Membrane?

Yes! The surface of the pool shell must be clean. This step is often overlooked and can lead to problems. The first step is to remove any surface contamination left from the placement of the concrete such as form release agents, laitance (the weak, powdery cement fines which can appear on the surface of a poured, vibrated concrete wall), dust, dirt, oil, paint, concrete sealers, and curing compounds or any other material that can act as a bond inhibitor.

What is the coverage of Liquid Membrane?

sq ft/gallon @ 2 coats

Open pore substrates

25 – 50

Closed pore substrates

35 – 65

X-Bond Scratch Coat

100 – 150

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