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 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. 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.
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 978−532−1414.
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 978−532−1414 to learn more.