John Newton & Co. Ltd | Waterproofing Membranes
Newton® 503 Mesh is a high quality Cavity Drain Waterproofing Membrane, with a 3mm Stud, comprising of high density polyethylene membrane with a strong polyethylene mesh heat-welded during the manufacturing process to the surface of one side.
The meshed surface creates a mechanical key to allow the membrane to be plastered, rendered or to receive dot & dab plasterboard.
Newton® 503 Mesh is suitable for use within Newton® System 500, Newton's internally applied Waterproofing System that includes Newton® Drainage and Pumping Systems.
Newton® 503 is suitable for the waterproofing of earth retained walls and vaulted soffits. It is guaranteed against deterioration for 30 years and has a life expectancy of at least 50 years (DIN 9001:2000).
Newton® 503 is inert and, therefore, non-polluting to drinking water, highly resistant to water, alkalies, saline solutions and organic acids, and not affected by minerals and hydro-carbons.
It is also impervious to root penetration, is rot-proof, and resistant to bacteria, fungi and other small organisms.
Newton® 503 is supported by BBA Certification Certificate Number 94/3010.
Newton® 503 has many benefits and features:
Available in various Roll sizes ranging from 10M² to 40M².
Newton® 503 Mesh can be installed over a wide range of substrates in varying situations - walls, ceilings, soffits, etc. However, before the system is installed, the area must be assessed to determine what preparation is required:
All timber and other organic material must be removed to prevent risk of fungal or bacterial growth behind the System, e.g. skirting boards, timber plates, old wallpaper etc. If evidence of rot exists, this must be dealt with by a specialist contractor prior to installation of the system (See our Woodworm & Dry Rot Control Products). If any mould, etc. exists, this should be cleaned off and the area sterilised with a Fungicidal Wash.
If the walls are uneven or areas have deteriorated, any large depressions should be levelled and made good to ensure a solid fixing
When fixing the system to flat soffits you must ensure that there is a fall to create proper drainage and prevent ponding. Any sagging of the membrane should not be great enough for ponding to take place
New concrete should be treated with Platinum Lime Inhibitor which prevents free lime from the curing concrete being drawn out by ingressing water.
Newton® 503 Mesh should be installed by those with experience of structural waterproofing.
It is recommended that Newton® 503 Mesh and its ancillary products be installed by contractors trained for the correct use and specification of the product.
Newton® 503 Mesh is fixed with the studs against the wall to create an air / depressurisation gap.
The membrane can be fixed either vertically or horizontally. However as this product is not available in 2.4M height and also due to the heavy weight of the material, most fixing of Newton® 503 Mesh will be Vertical.
When making this decision, you will need to take into account the size of the area to be lined, and the height of the walls relative to the width of the membrane.
Horizontal Fixing requires less cuts and jointing but the full roll is very heavy at first. Vertical fixing has much lighter strips to fix, but requires that each of these is taped back together again. You may find that vertical fixing is easier, but requires more tape for jointing.
The membrane is fixed to the wall with the Newton® MultiPlug. The MultiPlug has a soft rubber sealing washer fitted to the plug for sealing to the wall membrane.
Place the membrane in position as level as you can judge by eye. Using a 10mm drill bit, drill through the centre of a stud near the top and edge to a depth greater than the fixing.
The fixing is then hammered into the pre-drilled hole until the plug sits flush in the stud. The rubber washer re-seals the hole. Level the membrane using the spirit level or laser level if used, and fix another plug about 2 metres along at the top of the sheet. The membrane will now be hanging level to the wall.
If you are fixing horizontally, continue fixing every 2 metres until you have reached the end of the roll or you have covered all of the wall(s) to be treated. It is very important to regularly check the level. If the membrane is not level, you may well find that the membrane is kinked and looks unsightly, it will also dive down when fitted around corners.
If you are fixing Vertically, hang each subsequent sheet by the two fixings as described above.
Newton® 503 Mesh does not have a flange, so a 'butted joint' is used when joining, sealed with Platinum Mesh Tape.
Apply Platinum Mesh Tape along the joint with equal overlaps of the tape onto each sheet of membrane and press firmly into place.
Apply more pressure with the palm of your hand to further seal the whole of the joint. A Hot Air Gun should be used to help sealing, especially in cold or damp conditions.
Fix in a square at 350mm centres, and then fix a plug in the centre of four fixings so it looks like a 5 on a dice.
All fixings will then be a maximum of 250mm centres.
On very flat walls, the horizontal and vertical centres can be moved out to 400mm so when the centre plug is fixed, the centres are not more than 300mm.
Newton® 503 Mesh Membrane can be plastered or rendered, or can be plasterboarded using a dab fix.
The recommended plaster to be applied to Newton® 503 Mesh is Tarmac Whitewall which should be in two coats when applied to Newton® Mesh Membranes.
The plasters can accept a finishing 3mm skim coat to finish.
Note: Manufacturers recommended drying times may vary according to atmospheric conditions.
For internal cement renders the mix should be six parts clean sharp sand / one part lime / one part cement. A two-coat application is recommended allowing 7-10 days between coats.
Drying time is important because shrinkage cracks may appear.
A weaker mix of seven or even eight parts sand can be used for the second coat.
Using a ratio of 1 part Lime to 2½ - 3 parts sharp washed sand with evenly distributed hair throughout the mortar and working to a layer of 10mm thick, push the plaster into and across the pre-wet laths at a 45 degree angle to the lathes.
The plaster should be correctly cured until hard
The second coat also known as the intermediate or float coat will be applied similar to the first coat only without any hair being added to the mortar.
You must ensure you wet down the first coat with a fine mist before spreading a 7mm coat, before scratching up and leaving in preparation of the finish coat.
For the final top coat a fine mix of 1 part lime putty to 2 parts well graded super fine sand. Remembering to wet down the surface before application with a fine mist spray.
Allow time for the water to absorb into the plaster then apply a coat of approximately 5mm, then rule off and leave for a couple of hours.
When ready, rub up the finish coat using a plastic or wooden trowel to bring back the fat until the required finish has been reached in the case of any light crazing this can be rubbed up and trowelled out.
Note: All plasters and renders etc. must be to a minimum total depth of 15mm.
The undercoat should be applied with firm pressure to ensure the product is fully pushed behind the mesh so that the studs are fully filled, and to an approximate thickness of 5mm and be well scratched with a wire scratcher.
When the scratch coat has set, the floating coat should be applied to a depth of 7mm and lightly scratched to provide a firm key for the final coat, which should be to a minimum thickness of 3mm.
All plasters and renders should be applied strictly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and good plastering / rendering practice as described in BS5492 and BS5262 Code of Practice.
Do not apply decoration until the plaster or render is thoroughly dry.
Note: If plasters other than those specified above are used they will not conform to the Newton® Waterproofing Specification and will therefore invalidate any guarantee on the material.
If any special renders or plasters are to be considered, technical advice must be sought from the Company’s technical department.
Note: Cement and Lime based mortars require curing. Curing is the process of keeping a mortar or render under a specific environmental condition until the chemical set (referred to as hydration) is sufficient to withstand the environment into which the mortar has been placed.
Lime binders are generally weaker than cements taking longer to acquire their strength and hardness, leaving them potentially more vulnerable for a longer period than cement equivalents, and curing them once placed is simply regarded as best practice.
Good curing is typically considered to be that of providing a humid environment stimulating full hydration of the lime or cement binders, providing strength development along with other benefits, especially the ability to withstand hairline cracking.
The most common cause of failure is allowing a mortar / render to dry out too quickly, impeding the chemical process for hydration, stressing the mortar resulting in cracking.
Standard practice for protecting cement or lime based renders/mortars is with wet / dampened hessian sheeting draped over the area in relatively close proximity to the render. This should be left in place for at least a week and is a standard requirement that is required in all cases.
During the warmer months, the hessian will need to be repeatedly wetted and/or covered with plastic sheeting to ensure the correct curing environment.
Curing should be of at least 7 days.
Newton® 503 Mesh can be effectively used in conjunction with dry lining by dab fixing the plasterboard using a proprietary dabbing compound.
Be careful when installing laminated or insulated plasterboard, as when they are dot & dabbed to Newton® Meshed membranes, building regulations require two mechanical fixes to each laminated board. These fixings may breach the membrane which cannot be repaired.
Where insulation is required to the wall build, we recommend to use un-meshed Newton® 508, Newton® 508R or Newton® 503 and use an independent dry-lining frame.
House the insulation within the frame and plasterboard over.
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