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Why is Caulking Important for Commercial Painting?

 Why is Caulking Important for Commercial Painting?

A prop­er com­mer­cial paint­ing job involves more than the paint itself. While high-qual­i­ty paint will go a long way to pro­tect your inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or spaces, you must mind the gaps between joints and fea­tures. Even minor rifts between floors and walls or trim can leave your facil­i­ty open to dam­age, infes­ta­tion, and/​or ener­gy loss. Caulk­ing is an impor­tant process for tru­ly fin­ish­ing and pro­tect­ing any build­ing. Let us dive deep­er into why caulk­ing is so impor­tant for all com­mer­cial paint­ing projects.

What to Know About Caulk­ing in Your Com­mer­cial Space

What is Caulk?

First off, let us quick­ly describe what caulk is. Caulk is a type of sealant used to close up spaces between joints or seams. These joints can include expan­sion joints, con­struc­tion joints, and con­trol joints. Ver­sions of caulk have been used for cen­turies, pri­mar­i­ly in the ship­build­ing indus­try, to pre­vent water from leak­ing into boats. Back then, caulk­ing mate­ri­als were organ­ic and applied with a blunt tool. Mod­ern caulk, on the oth­er hand, is almost entire­ly made up of syn­thet­ic com­po­nents, such as polyurethane and sil­i­cone. Today, com­mer­cial caulk­ing con­trac­tors main­ly use caulk­ing guns to apply the mate­r­i­al, though oth­er meth­ods are avail­able as well.

Smoother Appear­ances

Before we dis­cuss the prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions of caulk, it is worth men­tion­ing that the mate­r­i­al also serves an aes­thet­ic pur­pose. If you have ever seen a home or facil­i­ty with worn down caulk (or none at all), you have prob­a­bly noticed the uninvit­ing cracks that nat­u­ral­ly form between floors and base­boards, trim and walls, walls and ceil­ings, etc. Paint can­not cov­er every­thing. A prop­er caulk­ing job makes for smooth tran­si­tions between these fea­tures, clos­ing gaps and mak­ing an inte­ri­or space look and feel more cohe­sive and appealing.

Keep­ing Water Out and Air In

In terms of func­tion, the main pur­pose of caulk is to seal gaps and cracks to increase insu­la­tion and keep away harm­ful exter­nal mate­ri­als, name­ly pests and mois­ture. In oth­er words, caulk is a water­proof sealant. Keep­ing water away from your build­ing is vital to keep­ing your facil­i­ty safe, clean, and in good con­di­tion. Leak­ing water can lead to health and safe­ty issues (name­ly from mold and mildew buildup), and severe­ly dam­age your floors over time.

Addi­tion­al­ly, by insu­lat­ing your facil­i­ty with this sealant, you can reduce ener­gy costs asso­ci­at­ed with heat­ing or cool­ing your build­ing. Caulk helps main­tain the inte­ri­or cli­mate by min­i­miz­ing air leakage.

Flex­i­bil­i­ty Where it Counts

High-qual­i­ty com­mer­cial caulk­ing prod­ucts work well because they are flex­i­ble. They are high­ly resis­tant to tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­a­tions and move with the build­ing to pre­vent fur­ther crack­ing and leak­age. That said, even the best caulk does not last for­ev­er. We rec­om­mend check­ing your caulk job every few years, as it may need replace­ment between 3 – 6 years on average.

The best com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tors include caulk­ing in their oper­a­tions. The job sim­ply is not com­plete until all the gaps have been filled and your facil­i­ty is secure. The con­trac­tors at Kaloutas will exam­ine your facil­i­ty for poten­tial caulk­ing repairs, and per­form the nec­es­sary steps to seal your facil­i­ty after paint­ing it. To learn more about every­thing we do, con­tact us and give us a call at 9785321414.

Kaloutas is New Eng­land’s pre­mier con­trac­tor for com­mer­cial & indus­tri­al paint­ing, floor­ing, and relat­ed ser­vices. Estab­lished in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trust­ed resource for gen­er­al con­trac­tors, facil­i­ties man­agers, and build­ing own­ers from Con­necti­cut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high qual­i­ty work­man­ship, jobs done on time & bud­get, and tack­ling com­plex projects that oth­er con­trac­tors don’t have the expe­ri­ence or resources to han­dle. Con­tact us today for a paint­ing or floor­ing esti­mate, or give us a call at 9785321414 to learn more.

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