Commercial buildings in Delaware are exposed to significant shifts in the weather throughout the year. From heavy snow in the winter to the blazing summer sun, a building will go through dramatic changes year after year, and its construction may begin to show signs of this constant change over time.
Add onto that the regular presence of customers and employees or visitors going in and out of a building day in and day out, which is a recipe for wear and tear. One of the first places that will start to feel the pressure is a building’s caulking.
If caulk degrades, building owners could experience more than just minor inconvenience—in the worst case, these problems can cause structural damage and increased monthly bills.
Here are some of the most critical times you need a Delaware commercial caulking company.
When You Notice Moisture Indoors
The purpose of caulk is to seal gaps and cracks in a building. However, when caulk degrades over time due to weather conditions, structural changes, and more, it can no longer create a seamless seal. This allows moisture to wick into exposed cracks and gaps, where it can infiltrate the interior of a building.
No matter which type of inner composition a building has, this moisture can also cause wet spots on wallpaper or paint and create mold. If the inner supports of a commercial structure are made of wood, this moisture may begin to rot through and compromise the safety of the building. If the structures are steel, rust is a concern. Mold problems point to the need to recaulk.
When Your Masonry Is Cracking
Bricks and stones are durable materials but not invulnerable to damage, especially in a place like Delaware. As moisture creeps into cracks and small openings in the spaces between masonry, it expands and contracts depending on the temperature.
This process of expanding, putting pressure on the joints and bricks, and then receding again repeats hundreds of times each year as the weather changes.
Over time, the masonry cracks under pressure, and more water can enter, worsening the problem until entire bricks fall out. If a commercial building’s masonry appears damaged, the cause could be a failed caulk allowing moisture intrusion.
When You Add Something New
Caulk seals gaps and new gaps are always introduced when an addition or alteration is made to a commercial building. Anything from a new set of windows to a new door or even changes to the plumbing and wiring will create holes and seams that need to be sealed. Plan fresh caulk into the budget for these projects to ensure that a minor vulnerability does not compromise the new work that has been done.
When Drafts Are Impacting Your Comfort
When commercial building owners are having a hard time keeping their indoor ambient temperatures consistent, the first place they often look is to their HVAC system. However, failed caulk can let in drafts or suck indoor air outside, making temperature regulation more difficult.
If a building seems drafty or sensitive to outdoor temperature changes, inspect the caulk to ensure it still provides a seal. If not, having a Delaware commercial caulking company redo the caulking will reduce drafts and save money on utility bills. The HVAC system will not need to work as hard to maintain the proper temperature, saving money and reducing wear.
When Caulk Is Visibly Damaged
Inspecting the caulk around a commercial building at least once a year, but ideally more often is worthwhile. Over time, the caulk will start to discolor, crack, peel, or pull up from gaps as it wears out. In some cases, it may even break off or hang. These are all signs that the caulk is damaged and should be redone by a professional.
Never caulk over existing caulk, as this will interfere with its ability to create a proper seal. Experts should also remove existing caulk because chipping it out of a gap without the proper tools and experience can damage the building and cause further issues.
Recaulk Your Commercial Building With the Pros
Commercial structures should include regular maintenance and inspection to ensure they remain in good condition for as long as possible. Caulking is a simple task to add to this list.
If you notice signs of damaged caulk at your business, the experts can repair the problem areas quickly and seamlessly.
Waterproof Caulking and Restoration is a Delaware commercial caulking company that does the job right the first time. Contact us to discuss your current caulking situation or to schedule a visit to examine your caulk and learn about the next best steps.