Proper application is most important!
For lifetime seal, only top quality products, are what we use!
Even decades after their application, our seals, won't decay, shrink or stain. They will look same as at the time they were applied!
Backer rod is applied, for a right stress distribution!'
A nice and thick caulk seam, guarantees a lifetime seal!
All surface is prepared:
Old caulk - removed
Adherence area is ground, for a higher surface contact area
Pressurized air an acetone wipe is applied to remove any leftover contaminants
Wrong application of low grade product has it consequences!
Wrong or no sealant application, leads to some of the follwowing troubles:
Low quality sealant, will shrink down to 60%! Pulling itself off, exposing the building to an infiltration.
Some sealants, will start to deplete, crack and stain the underneath walls and glass!
Lack of proper Backer Rod application, will pull the applied caulking, off.
Thin seal, is not safe. As, it does not give enough consistency, for constant movement handling.
Skipping surface preparation step, brings to bad adherence.
Masonry and cement cracks
Heat management loss
Save your Energy and Structure!
Re-Caulking: 5,50$/linear foot
This process includes all the steps, for a lifetime quality caulking. This job is 25 years guaranteed!
New-Caulking: 3$/linear foot
This process includes our top quality sealant and backer rod application on virgin shims. 25 years guaranteed!
Over-Caulking: 3$/linear foot
If you need a budget solution, we can throw our thick caulk seam over, what ever is there. This should, hold on for a very long time, still. The sealant is fantastic indeed!
Brick Repointing: 5,50$/linear foot
For this task, we are, also using a sealer, which is safer for the bricks, adheres better and lasts longer!
Structural Fix: 22$/linear foot
Structural fix seal is a much more time consuming process, the material is more expensive and is needed in bigger quantity! But, sometimes, it just got to be done!
*All services, above, are including quality material, labor and are subject to an extra 40$ charge, which covers the travel and deployment!
*Extra charge may be applied:
for heavy equipment, if can not be avoided (Ex.:Boom/Scissor Lift).
to cover special permit cost (Ex.: City road barrage permit).
for long travel (Ex.: Other city).
Caulking provides two beneficial purposes:
Enhance the appearance by closing gaps and creating a smoother transition.
Provide an impermeable barrier between two areas or surfaces. In order to keep water infiltration and heat exchange, off your trouble list.
Water intrusion into a building or other structure, have devastating effects on the property!
Cracks are like windshield chips: They will grow, until fixed!
Here are is why they emerge and why are they got to be sealed:
Most of all foundations, cracks within the first year of being poured!
Typically hairline cracks, can occur within the first 2 weeks. These cracks will grow, until contained.
Concrete forms are got to be in place for over a week (over a month, under some harsh conditions!). Even then, it is only at its have strength! It needs three time that period to achieve 90% of its stability! The rest 10%, might take years! However, the removal of the concrete forms is typically done few days after the concrete is poured. Because of this, concrete cannot meet its strength factor. Which can result in concrete weakness and cracks. Concrete cracks are routing moisture inside. Cracks Enlarges due to neglect (water enters crack and freezes, pushing the crack wider each cycle).
Most of North-American buildings are suffering, from foundation distress,as they are built on an expansive soil.
Like through a wound, lot of bad stuff can get in a building, through its cracks:
Radon: Causes lung cancer, stomach cancer, fatigue, headaches, allergies, and rashes)
Mold Causes many health problems: Nasal stuffiness, breath shortness, urinary control loss, mental disorders, asthma complications,...
Insects: We all want hem off our sight! These little guys are causing multiple problems. From annoyance to a full house annoyance!
Humidity is, by far, the most demolishing factor! It will decay of wood and other material and goods. It will augment the heat exchange and microbial propagation!
ODOR (uncomfortable conditions caused by decaying organic material from the soils on the exterior).
Here are all types of liquid sealant, available on the market:
Latex sealants are water-based, easy to tool, easy to clean up, paintable, and relatively less expensive than other types of sealants. Some premium latex sealants may be appropriate for exterior use (appropriate service life) and are rated for movement in classes 12½ and 25. Latex sealants may be best suited to interior finish applications.
Acrylic sealants are also paintable but are solvent-based and more difficult to tool. They are used more in commercial and exterior applications than latex and have very limited movement capacity (Class 7½). Acrylic sealants tend to be used in commercial construction in low-movement joints. Their cost tends to be in the low to moderate range.
Butyl sealants are solvent-based, synthetic rubber materials demonstrating strong adhesion to a wide variety of substrates. They have excellent weathering characteristics but tend to be stringy and difficult to apply. They generally have limited movement accommodation (Class 7½ ). Butyl sealants are sometimes used in curtain-wall systems where adhesion to rubber materials is required. The cost of butyl sealants tends toward the moderate range.
The next group are sometimes called “high-performance” sealants and are most often used in commercial building assemblies.
Poly-sulfide sealants are particularly water- and chemical-resistant but do not tolerate much cyclic movement for a high-performance sealant (Class 12½ –25). Their use in buildings is most common in swimming pools and other locations where submersion must be tolerated. Poly-sulfide sealants often require a primer. They tend to be relatively expensive.
Silicone sealants are used in a wide variety of building applications because of strong performance characteristics: UV resistance, temperature resistance, highest movement capability (Class 50–100), generally longer service life, and continued flexibility over time. Silicone sealants can have a strong odor and take considerable time to fully cure. They can be used structurally in glass assemblies. Cost for silicone sealants is in the high range. Pure silicone sealants are not paintable.
Polyurethane sealants are tough—even abrasion-resistant. Unlike silicone sealants, they can be painted. They have excellent adhesion and good movement capability (Class 12½, 25, and 50). They can be stiff and more difficult to apply and tool than silicone and cannot be used in structural glass assemblies. As one of the “high-performance” sealants (including poly-sulfides and silicone), polyurethane caulks are relatively expensive.
“Hybrids” – MS Polymers
Hybrids are relative newcomers to the sealant world; they have chains (silyl) that modify both silicone and polyurethane sealants (MS stands for Silyl-modified), combining some of the strengths of each. Their chemical profiles are better because they are solvent- and Isocyanate-free (more on this topic in the last blog of the series).
Good Seal - Good Bill!
*According to the Energy Star program, most people could save about 20 percent on their heating and cooling costs by sealing up air leaks!
Best of the best, is what we use!
Premium-grade, high performance, moisture-cured, one-component, polyurethane based, non-sag elastomeric sealant.
With a maximum expansion of 35%.
The next generation, Silane Modified Polymer, that stick on wet and cold surfaces and offers long term durability against the harmful effects of sun exposure.
50% Joint Movement is what it can take!
For Structural Caulking, depending on the application:
Premium-grade, high performance, moisture-cured, Structural Epoxy Crack Fix, polymer resin.
This one is applied big gaps. Once injected, it will expand, up to 1000% and dash into all the small cavities, making a tight seal and flexible, yet sure bond!
The bond, that is stronger than the concrete itself!
This one is applied on to smaller, horizontal shims. Once injected, it will drip into all its small cavities, filling all the voids and solidify into a steel-strong seal!
For a good, brick mortar, color and texture match, this acrylic base Polymer Brick Mortar Filler, is what it takes!