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Lifecote™ Basement And Garage Conversions

How Lifecote™ can help in Water Proofing/Damp Proofing your Basement  & Garage Conversions

Cementitious "tanking" and epoxy systems are a traditional methods of waterproofing and can be used as an alternative to cavity drain membranes in certain applications. Cementitious systems are suited to contracts where limited areas are to be treated or where drainage cannot be easily achieved. These systems can also be used in combination with cavity drain membranes, most commonly where headroom is limited or where there is a flat soffit with no drainage falls. 
Lifecote™  now covers Spain and are happy to provide competitive “under Build” quotes, we can also supply buildering contractors with materials, method statements and indemnity guarantees for their clients.
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Waterproofing Systems - Cementitious & Epoxy Systems picture
  • Single component, polymer modified cement "tanking" system for walls and floors
  • Highly effective damp proof membrane for brickwork, concrete or any cementitious substrate

Surfaces to be treated should be correctly prepared, free from all loose materials and contaminants and be in a sound and solid condition. For application to floors products should be applied directly to the structural slab. For wall applications products should be sandwiched between sand/cement render coats. For all applications, special attention should be given to wall/floor junctions.

NB: Fillet Seal is a pre-packed, cement based and polymer modified product for use as a floor to wall junction seal during waterproofing works when using cementitious slurry coatings and renders. Fillet Seal helps to ensure a smooth transition between horizontal and vertical surfaces which minimises the risk of leaving gaps or holes unsealed during the waterproofing works. 
 Lifecote™ Membrane Systems

In many properties particularly in cities, there are unused lower ground floor/basement or cellar areas, where externally high ground levels to the perimeter, typically to the main front elevation will encourage dampness to penetrate laterally.

When considering the very high cost of property in this region, and with living space at a premium, inevitably it would be considered cost effective to successfully damp proof the basement or cellar area, to form part of the living accommodation, and this would involve internal remedial structural water proofing and associated damp proofing works and replastering.

During any inspection arranged, our surveyor will advise to this regard and specify one or a number of different types of systems which are available depending on circumstances, to successfully eliminate dampness, including considering the most widely used systems involving either a cementatious type chemical vertical membrane or ‘tanking’ application, or perhaps a cavity drain membrane system, which is becoming more popular, involving less initial destruction and preparation works.

The cementatious systems normally require plasters and renders internally to be removed back to the original masonry, and it may also be necessary at the same time to consider incorporating within the cementatious system (or the cavity drain membrane system) a chemically injected damp proof course depending on the external ground levels or adjoining property levels which will be taken into consideration by our surveyor during his inspection.

Generally cementatious systems such as Vandex BB.75 or Triton TT.55 waterproof slurry, require a render coat of washed sand and cement to be applied to the prepared clean brick or stone masonry with the cementatious membrane applied to the surface of the new render as per the manufacturers recommendations in a minimum of two coats (green on green) with suitable overlap detailing between the vertical membrane of the walls with any proposed horizontal membrane depending on floor construction or proposals.

The cavity drain membrane systems, such as Tritons Isola Platon System, provides an alternative to conventional cementatious tanking systems. Cementatious systems work by holding the water back within the wall structure, the cavity drain membrane system works on the principal of allowing water to continue to penetrate the structure, but controlling the dampness in the air gap and diverting it to a suitable drainage point. Depending on circumstances this could involve the installation of a suitable sump pump which may incorporate a backup and failure warning system. This system does not allow pressure to build up against the internal construction, and the air gap behind the membrane allows the structure to breath ‘and to some extent dry’. Membranes are of plastic, type, and are fixed to the masonry using special damp proof seal plugs, sealing tape and rope, with overlap detailing at junctions, which involves minimal preparation required to the substrat. It is often a requirement when installing cavity drain membrane systems however as mentioned earlier, to incorporate within the programme the installation of a drainage sump pump system which may include a back up pump and failure warning alarm.



Typical unused space

Installing a cavity drain membrane system

Installation of fixing plugs to plation

A stunning basement conversion

The Lifecote™ Cavity Pump Systems 







Cement based systems like Sika or our own cementitious applications are only ideal for damp proofing a cellar or basement that does not flood.

If there are ever signs of flooding or even standing Water a Lifecote™ membrane system must be used.


Simply because where does the water build up go in the Sika or cement based systems?

The answer is it doesn’t go anywhere. The hydrostatic pressure builds up and eventually will displace the cement based tanking system from the wall creating a failure in the entire application.

The financial consequences of a system failure are substantial, small contractors could easy go into liquidation as a result and your guarantee will prove worthless.

All our systems have a fully comprehensive guarantee and our membrane systems are backed by a Lloyds of London insurance policy.

The economics are simple.

If you contract a small firm or an individual to undertake your works for say £8,000 and it fails after 3 years, and in all probability it will, then you will have to pay another contractor, maybe Lifecote™ another fee to resolve this issue.

Why not simply pay Lifecote™ initially, to undertake a faultless application, at a highly competitive price and have the complete reassurance of our 30 year guarantee.

Water Based Epoxy Coating

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Waterproofing Systems - Cementitious & Epoxy Systems picture

  • Two coat system comprising primer and top coat
  • Epoxy based waterproof coating for walls and floors
  • Suitable for use as a damp proof finish
  • Water based formulation safe for use in confined spaces

Product can be used as a damp proof membrane where none exists or the original has failed, or as a tanking layer in a "sandwich" construction between sand and cement renders. It is also suitable for use as a durable finish.

Product can be applied to most building substrates and to damp surfaces. When fully cured product resists petrol, oil and mild chemicals. Application can be by brush or roller.

Damp proof membrane and water vapour suppressant

Waterproofing Systems - Cementitious & Epoxy Systems picture

Waterproofing Systems - Cementitious & Epoxy Systems picture

Waterproofing Systems - Cementitious & Epoxy Systems picture

A solvent free, two part epoxy resin coating, typically used as a surface damp proof membrane and a water vapour suppressant. Well suited for use as a water and water proof barrier, beneath raised access floors, in plant rooms and bunded areas. It is also suitable for application on damp surfaces, such as sand/cement and cement floors subject to rising damp or containing residual construction moisture. Product can be used as a general purpose coating for surfaces subject to foot and light wheeled traffic. Product can be applied using a brush or medium pile roller onto sound, clean surfaces.

NB: New concrete subfloors or sand/cement screeds should be left for a minimum of seven days to cure before applying this product.

Want a Dry Basement or wish to create greater living space? Why not contact us today for a highly competitive quotation.
Lifecote Group Garage Conversions
Lifecote™ are Garage Conversions experts, your number one Garage Conversion Company. This is simply a way to add space and value to your property without having to spend a fortune or move home. If you don’t have the means to move to a bigger property or have tens of thousands of pounds for an extension, then we have a solution for you.

Key Advantages of a Lifecote™ Garage Conversions

Always, a local builder, a man and a Van, a brand new business or a cowboy will be cheaper than Lifecote™  but only initially.

But if the building work is not undertaken correctly, you could have ingress of water, damp or mould or in the worst case be required by building control to rebuild the conversion.

There is always a reason why something is cheaper! And that reason in the building industry is sub-standard work, cheap illegal labour or poor quality design and build.

Take away all and any risk and allow Lifecote™ the pleasure of providing a highly competitive, fair and reasonable quotation to convert your garage into a suitably dry and perfect living space.

How to spot a cowboy?

It’s very simple, look and ask for confirmation of:

1. Length of trading. Lifecote™ has traded for the last 20 years from the same phone number.

2. Are they part of a trade association or professional body?

3. Evidence of VAT registration (if they are cheating Customers, they will cheat you!).

4. Their guarantees? How can a company trading less than one year guarantee a Garage Conversion for 5 Years?

5. If someone is diverting their business phone to their mobile then there’s a problem.

The result of any of the above practices will almost certainly be a financial loss for you the consumer.

Our prices include a fully comprehensive 20 year guarantee against defects and dampness. This is backed by an assurance Guarantee from the ISRT (Institute of Structural & remedial Treatments).

A lifecote™  garage conversion completed in less than three weeks, to include all brickworks, electrics, damp proofing and plastering.
Thousands of homeowners have under-used garages which are reduced to very expensive sheds where all their odds and ends are stored. We can convert a garage for you and help you transform this wasted space into a beautiful extra living room, kitchen, bedroom, study or granny flat, providing the luxury of extra space in your home.

Why Choose Lifecote™ ?

  1. We guarantee to provide you with a free quotation and site survey.
  2. We guarantee that the quotation will be competitive with no hidden charges.
  3. We guarantee the conversion will add valuable living space to your property.
  4. We guarantee to complete the conversion to the highest standards possible and leave your property tidy when we are finished.
  5. We guarantee to assist you with the building regulation and planning process while keeping the building inspector informed throughout the conversion process.
  6. We guarantee to provide you with a written schedule of the project start the conversion on time and complete the conversion to the agreed schedule.
  7. We guarantee that you complete payment only when you are 100% satisfied with our work.
  8. We guarantee our work with a 20 year assurance backed ISRT certificate, which also guarantees your initial deposit.
  9. We guarantee all Dampness and humidity elimination.
  10. We guarantee protection against Radon gas.

Building Regulations

Will my garage conversion need building regulations approval?

Yes, all garage conversions need building regulations approval or else the conversion is technically illegal. It is critical that you get a completion certificate once you do a conversion or else your local council can enforce a reversal of the work been done. This is why you must keep the completion certificate and our 20 years assurance backed guarantee, given to you when we complete your garage conversion, in a safe place. This certificate will show new owners that all work was done according to local building control and the insurance certificate will cover the conversion for the remainder of the insurance period.
Would I require planning permission for my garage conversion?

Only a few garage conversions would need planning permission if the permitted development rights have been removed. We will take care of this process on your behalf and do the applications, drawings and liaising with the planning department to get planning for your conversion. This process can take 6 – 8 weeks after the application has been accepted to complete planning. It is worth noting that we have never been refused planning to date.
Lifecote Specification

The conversion of a garage to any kind of living space is treated as a change of use of part of a building. An application for approval under the Building Regulations must be made before work starts. The submission of a Building Notice is an appropriate way to achieve this.

Permission will need to be sought in all cases and the following points will be considered before permission can be granted. As well as the regulations being met, it is as well to consider the type of flooring you intend to use.
Lifecote will arrange all such permissions.


It will be necessary to make sure the walls and roof are insulated to industry standards. Windows should achieve a 'U' value of 2.0 W/m2/K, Wall insulation value should be equal to 0.35 W/m2/K.


Windows must incorporate opening vents of an area equal to 1/20th of the floor area of the room, and trickle vents to provide background ventilation of 8000mm2. A window suitable for escape purposes will be required if the new room can only be accessed through another room. The correct balance of ventilation is essential to avoid mould and dampness. Elimination and prevention of mould and dampness is covered by the comprehensive Lifecote20 year guarantee.

Wall Thickness

If the existing wall is single leaf construction with piers it must be checked for stability and freedom from defects. If satisfactory it is likely the wall would be considered suitable.Lifecote™ are experts in wall stability.


A foundation must be provided to carry any additional masonry loads such as a new inner leaf to external walls or to the garage door infill. The condition and suitability of the existing foundation/floor can be checked when the door infill area is excavated.

Weather Resistance

A wall of single leaf construction must be treated to provide satisfactory resistance to the passage of moisture. A waterproofing compound applied on the internal face and incorporated into a floor membrane may be an effective way of achieving this. The provision of an inner leaf to create a cavity wall will require a cavity tray at the base of the wall.

Floors (new and existing) should also have a suitable damp proof membrane. Lifecote provides a vapour membrane to protect from dampness and harmful gases such as Radon. The product can be laid directly on existing garage floor slab.

Our Prices start from £5999.00 + VAT

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