Caulking is not an exciting or glamorous expenditure for your facility. It won’t make your building shiny or impressive, but it will make your facility more structurally sound and energy-efficient. Investing in a professional caulking service will significantly reduce energy costs by providing a tight seal around every inch of your facility.
Caulking is in the category of waterproofing services, but it does so much more. Caulking will provide your facility with an airtight seal that reduces air leaks, water damage, and outdoor contaminants like dust and dirt. You not only ensure your facility is kept clean and temperature controlled but will reduce structural damage caused by water leaks.
Types of Caulking
Different types of caulk are used for different commercial applications. With over 30 different caulking substances on the market today, and hundreds of brands from which to choose, it’s best to consult with your maintenance team before deciding. Silicone caulking is the most common type of caulk for commercial facilities, with many benefits including a long lifespan.
Silicone caulking is made of several siloxane and silane compounds. These compounds react with water through polymerization and form a solid barrier that cures naturally at room temperature. Though Silicone caulking can be more expensive and time-consuming than other caulking methods, the end result may last up to 20 years.
When to Re-Caulk
While silicone caulking material lasts many years, it will eventually wear down or be damaged by environmental factors. You will periodically need to invest in recaulking services to maintain your facility. Some signs of caulk wear include:
- Mildew stains
- Shrinking caulk (it will start to peel at the edges)
If you see any of these signs of wear and tear on your caulk, it’s time to call the professionals at MaintenX. Re-caulking does not take much time, but neglecting to do so can lead to other maintenance issues you do not want to experience.
MaintenX is a leader in preventive and routine maintenance services for commercial facilities. We serve 13 states with enthusiasm, professionalism, and competitive prices. When you need a fresh caulking or recaulking service, call your MaintenX team!