Commercial caulking services help prevent problems like mold, increased utility costs, and structural deterioration from occurring. Caulking failure is a leading cause of water infiltration in commercial structures. As caulking and sealants age, they lose flexibility and begin to lose their seal, which can result in your building’s facade losing its weatherproofing properties. Water, air, and dust leaks often follow, as does pest infestation.
Why You Should Replace Old Caulking
Maintaining a commercial building is a huge task; there’s always something that needs to be done. Caulk is an often forgotten maintenance issue, at least until there’s a leak! Replacing old caulking that’s dried out or damaged with new caulking is your first line of defense in protecting your building from water intrusion and other nuisances.
Whether you own or manage a commercial high-rise, multi-family complex, historic structure, or another facility, commercial caulking contractors handle all your building’s caulking needs. This includes replacing existing caulking and applying caulking in newly constructed buildings. Both are big jobs that require time and expertise.
Top reasons why you should make caulking and sealing a part of your regular building maintenance plan include:
- Promptly sealing gaps ensures your building is airtight and watertight.
- Enhanced appearance of your building.
- Increased property value.
- Energy savings.
- Fighting mildew and mold.
- Making the building’s interior more comfortable and healthy for occupants.
At Presto Restoration, caulking and sealant replacement is one of our specialties. Our skilled technicians have the tools required for proper caulking replacement that helps prevent avoidable building damage.
Control Joint Caulking
If you want to protect and preserve your building’s lifespan and beauty, control joint caulking is the way to do it. Control joints relieve common building tensile stresses such as shrinkage of concrete, mortar, and grout. Most building owners and managers realize they have a joint control problem when they discover a leak.
Because caulking has a wide lifespan range—five to 20 years—it’s essential to inspect and replace caulking as part of your building’s maintenance plan. If you’re replacing existing caulking, we recommend what’s known as a “pull test” to determine which caulking material should be used. For new construction, we recommend silicone joint control caulking, as the high-performance sealant is stronger and far superior to other materials like polyurethane. It thoroughly waterproofs your building’s envelope and consistently has a lifespan of over 20 years.
New Construction Caulking
Together with waterproofing coatings, caulking a newly constructed commercial building, including parking structures, is vital to sealing it against water intrusion, environmental damage, and noise pollution.
Aesthetically, caulking provides a professional finish, hiding nails and metal materials. Structurally, it makes a building water and airtight and prevents leaks. As mentioned, Presto recommends silicone caulk for new construction waterproofing. For control joints, precast concrete panel joints, and curtain wall joints, we use DOWSIL™ 790. For concrete, painted metal, granite, EIFs, and aluminum, we find DOWSIL™ 795 silicone building sealant is the ideal choice. It comes in a variety of colors and is highly resistant to weather, temperature extremes, and UV rays.
Wet Glazing Windows With Damaged Gaskets
Considered a superior solution when compared to dry-glazed systems, wet glazing is the process of applying silicone sealant around a building’s windows after their rubber gaskets shrink and or deteriorate from age and weather. It keeps air and water out of what’s called the glazing pocket, prevents water intrusion, and is. The primary difference between wet and dry glazing is that wet glazing typically consists of a sealant installed over a preformed gasket; dry glazing uses extruded rubber gaskets as glazing seals. Wet glazing also reduces glass movement and protects windows from premature deterioration.
Building leaks can happen anywhere, including the roof and gaps around HVAC units and piping. Prompt leak repair extends your building’s life, protects building components and materials, and can save you a ton of money in future repair and replacement costs. Presto’s leak detection services and leak repair services ensure any leak problems in your commercial structure are quickly identified and repaired right the first time.
How Commercial Caulking Services Save You Money
While at-home caulking jobs are fairly easy to perform, caulking a commercial structure is best left to the professionals who:
- Are trained to remove old caulking quickly, safely, and efficiently.
- Ensure the proper caulking is used.
- Know how to apply caulking per a manufacturer’s recommendations, which means it lasts longer.
Also, hiring a professional commercial caulking contractor mitigates future costly repairs and reconstruction, decreases liability, and retains your building’s value. For more than 25 years, Presto has provided exceptional waterproofing solutions for all types of commercial structures. Get in touch with us today for a free quote and more information.