Long-time property owners know that over time cracks and crevices can develop that can let in pests or allow water infiltration. These cracks let the elements into the building, which can weaken the structure of the building over time. Not only is such long term damage more costly to repair, it makes the building unsafe for the people living and working in it.
Regularly scheduled inspections by commercial caulking experts can identify these cracks while they are still small and easy to repair. Having the building inspected annually will ensure that the potential damages do not get out of hand, and that the building remains intact.
Top Ways Commercial Caulking Saves You Money
1. Seals Gaps on Surfaces
The best way to seal gaps between two surfaces- such as two walls, the wall and the floor, etc- is with caulking. Caulk makes the gap both water tight and air tight. Sealing gaps with caulk saves you money by preventing costly maintenance when water infiltrates the building. Caulk is really the only way to seal these gaps. Nothing else will effectively make them water and air tight.
2. Eliminates Water Buildup
If a building is properly caulked, the whole exterior is water tight. The only water that enters the building is the water that comes through the pipes. This will prevent water damage to the building resulting from water infiltration. If cracks have developed in the caulk, water can enter the building. Humid climates can lead to water buildup even if there is no rain. Proper caulking will prevent this.
3. Increases Energy Efficiency
Gaps and cracks in a building’s caulking can degrade its energy efficiency. When such gaps exist, air from inside the building can flow out, or air outside the building can flow in. More likely both are happening, with external air flowing in one gap and internal air flowing out another. Caulk is air tight, so reapplying the caulking when necessary seals up the building, prevents air flow to the outside and improves your energy efficiency.
4. Grants Protection From Mildew and Insects
Removing mildew can be very expensive, and it is quite difficult. The best way to combat mildew is to prevent it from growing in the first place. Caulk is an excellent way to prevent mildew from growing in the first place, by keeping the moisture levels properly under control. It can also prevent insect infestations. Insects can access your building by entering through the cracks in the old caulk, Sealing this with fresh caulk creates a barrier that insects cannot penetrate.
Surprisingly, this works for rodents as well. Mice and even rats can squeeze through very small cracks, much smaller ones than you might think possible. Sealing the cracks in your caulk can help to keep rodents out of your building.
5. Keeps You Dry, Comfortable and Productive All Year Long
Since caulk keeps out water and keeps air in, it makes it easy to control the internal climate and humidity of your building no matter what the weather outside is like. People work better when they are more comfortable, so the business in your building will be more profitable. Well-maintained caulk keeps the humidity outside and seals the building tight.
Gaps in the caulk let in the outside air and humidity. During bad weather water gets in, and during the winter they let in drafts that make the building uncomfortable. This, in turn, hurts the productivity of those inside the building, and may even cause them to relocate to a building that has been maintained better.
6. Improves the Value of Your Building
By preventing water and mildew damage, you will keep your building in pristine condition. This greatly improves the value of the building if you decide to sell it. Buyers will usually demand a discount, ask for repair work to be done, or simply refuse to buy a building that has water damage or needs mildew remediation. If you do not maintain proper caulking on your building, you may have a hard time selling it, and if you do sell it you will not get the price you want.
7. Saves You Money in the Long Run
A lot of building owners do not want to spend the money on a professional caulking. The cracks in the old caulk and gaps in the building seem small and insignificant. Unfortunately, while these may be small problems now, they will certainly lead to much bigger, more expensive problems in the future if they are not fixed. Therefore, commercial caulking services save you money by preventing massive maintenance costs.
If you would like more information about commercial caulking, or if you are interested in scheduling an inspection to see if your building is in need of caulking, contact Waterproof Caulking & Restoration today.