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Affordable Housing Flooring Solutions

by Cheryl Morgan

  • July 7th, 2020 / 
  • Education

In high-density cities around the nation, we are seeing significate growth of new affordable, multi-family housing complexes. It seems that in every spare corner there are new construction or reconstruction projects that are focusing on housing for low-income families. On top of providing jobs for thousands of construction employees in various fields, this is also an exciting time for these families and communities around the United States.

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As more and more of these communities and complexes emerge, the need for budget-friendly and compliant waterproofing and concrete coating systems are widely sought. Requirements like Fire Ratings and warranty lengths are common among these spaces, and architects and builders alike value companies that can provide it all. So, what does Westcoat offer?

Waterproofing for Plywood Substrates

Westcoat’s ALX Waterproofing system is a great solution for plywood substrate walkways, decks, stairways, and patios. ALX is a waterproof walking deck system reinforced with metal lath and is installed with a series of three separate polymer-modified cementitious applications and sealed according to appropriate finish. The completed product weighs approximately 2 1⁄2 lbs per square foot. This system gives plywood the look and feel of concrete with a decorative appeal.

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Depending on project size and scope, ALX offers several variations including Standard Finish, Custom Finish, Underlayment, and ALX PRO.


  • Available Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Fast Access After Installation
  • Excellent Sound Reduction Qualities
  • Tough Final Coat is UV Resistant
  • Covers Rough Plywood and Seams
  • Skid Resistant Textured Finish
  • Decorative Finishes Available
  • Unmatched Strength and Durability


  • ICC Evaluated ESR-2201
  • Meets Class A Fire Test ASTM E-108
  • Meets One-Hour Fire Rating AST E-119
  • Meets Class I Vapor Retarder ASTM E96 (When WP-40 is installed over entire deck)
  • City of LA Approval RR 25986

Waterproofing for Concrete Substrates

Westcoat’s MACoat System is a fiber lath reinforced deck system installed with a series of two or three separate waterproof acrylic applications and finished according to specific wants and needs. The finished product weighs approximately one pound per square foot.

The MACoatTM System is mainly used on elevated concrete and is designed for balconies, corridors, stairs, and landings. It is regularly specified for homes, hotels, condominiums, apartments, office buildings, and affordable housing complexes. In many cases it can be applied over existing deck systems to provide an excellent method for the rehabilitation of problem surfaces, eliminating extra labor costs.


  • Flexible
  • Durable
  • Fast Access After Installation
  • Choice of Colors and Textures
  • Tough Final Coat is UV Resistant
  • Safe, Skid Resistant Textured Finish
  • Environmentally Safe Acrylics
  • Waterproof


  • Class III Permeable Vapor Retarder and Waterproofer
  • Class A Fire Rating
  • Meets AC-39 Standards for Walking Decks
  • City of LA Approval RR 25983
  • VOC Emission Test Certificate – Certificate No: 170824-01

Solar Reflective Finish Options

ALX and MACoat Solar Reflective Finish System is a waterproof walking deck system that also meets the Cool Roof Requirements of California Title 24*. The systems are installed with white polymer-modified cementitious applications and sealed with Westcoat’s Solar Reflective series of SC-10 Acrylic Topcoats that utilize infrared (IR) pigments.

These systems reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect and can lower the surface temperature. Not only does installing Solar Reflective Finish help alleviate surface temperatures, but it can also contribute to LEED points and can significantly reduce interior temperature leading to lower energy costs. These factors can contribute greatly to a budget-friendly plan of action.


  • Meets California Title 24 Requirements*
  • Helps Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect
  • Lowers the Surface Temperature
  • Fast Access After Installation
  • Tough Final Coat is UV Resistant

Want to learn more about waterproofing systems perfect for Affordable Housing and Multi-Family Housing Projects?

Check out our latest Affordable Housing Project

Have an Upcoming Project?

Do you have an upcoming project that needs a flooring solution? Reach out to our skilled Westcoat experts to help guide you to the right choice for your facility, providing information about the manufactured product, installation process, as well as maintenance after install and warranty details. The floor you choose should be formulated for the conditions of your space, allowing your operation to run smoothly for many years.


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