Door and window caulking is one of those building maintenance procedures that should not be overlooked, yet few people consider it. Caulking is a relatively low-cost investment that yields a substantial return. This post will explain why you should change your building’s caulking on a regular basis.
THE ENVELOPE OF YOUR CONDO BUILDING MUST BE WELL MAINTAINED.
The building envelope is often erected prior to the outer façade. It helps to prevent air and water intrusion while enabling precipitation and hazardous moisture to escape through specific apertures in the wall.
Experts believe that portions of a building that are exposed to external elements such as UV rays, wind, snow, and rain, such as windows and door openings, are prone to wear and tear and may serve as an entry point for condensation and water intrusion.
WATER DAMAGE CAN BE DEVASTATING TO BOTH THE CONDO BUILDING AND ITS OWNERS.
Water penetration is the most harmful thing that may happen to structures and the belongings of their residents (With the exception of fire). Whether it’s a water leak from the above neighbor or a steady seeping leak around the window frames, water causes a great deal of material harm. It has the potential to contribute to the growth of mold, which brings with it a host of health risks.
WATER LEAKS AFFECT EVERY BUILDING, EVEN THE MOST IMPERMEABLE ONES
Water leaks can arise in a structure for a variety of reasons, including weather, human mistake, faulty design, and the age of the building. Both new and old structures are vulnerable to water damage.
THE COST OF CONDO INSURANCE HAS INCREASED
As a result of the rise in claims and losses, insurers have tightened the insurance market for condo corporations, raising prices as well as deductibles.
Water infiltration and seepage were found to be the cause of 33% of claims, according to the Insurance Bureau.
A SINGLE POORLY SEALED CONDO CAN CAUSE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING AS A WHOLE.
Because sealants are harder to notice due to the building’s height, co-owners frequently fail to inspect or repair them. Wear-and-tear sealants, on the other hand, can allow rainwater to slowly soak through, causing water damage to many condo units and/or common areas.
CAULKING YOUR BUILDING HAS MANY BENEFITS.
Caulking is a waterproof sealant.
It closes up any gaps around your windows, patio doors, and doors on the outside. It also fills any gaps and crevices in your homes, such as around the sink, bathtub, and shower, as well as in the kitchen and laundry area. It is capable of preventing both internal and outside water infiltration.
Efficiency in terms of energy use.
By closing holes that allow air drafts into your apartment, caulking can drastically cut energy usage and utility expenditures. All co-owners in a condo complex with shared facilities can save money on energy expenses in their units and common areas.
Termite and pest prevention
Insects and rodents can spread from one condo to the rest of the building if they get in through the sealants or the envelope. Professionally fitted outside caulking joints is an effective pest control strategy.
Boost the resale value of your building.
A neatly-sealed structure tells potential purchasers that it’s been carefully cared for. Window, door, siding, and outlet caulking done by a professional contractor also enhance the aesthetic of the building.
A tiny investment yields a large return!
You can save thousands of dollars in repair costs by waterproofing and air-tightening your building for a little upfront investment.
Preventing Water Damage in Your Condo Building
Inspections of the caulk on a regular basis.
Annual inspections enable condo owners and building board members to discover tiny maintenance issues before they become costly to repair bills.
Use a log for building maintenance.
Rather than dealing with problems, it is preferable to prevent them in the first place. In order to deal with leaks and repairs before they start and become out of hand, waterproofing experts recommend that you keep a maintenance plan.
IS HIRING A CAULKING COMPANY BETTER DONE IN A COLLECTIVE OR INDIVIDUAL MANNER?
EXPOSURE TO WEATHER ELEMENTS
It is true that the sealants on the south side of the building would degrade faster, but if the caulking on one unit is failing, it’s likely that the door and window caulking on other units will need to be replaced. The building is subjected to the same types of weather conditions as the surrounding area.
COST SAVINGS FOR COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS.
If a building’s caulking jobs are being paid individually or collectively, Apex Caulking recommends merging them all at once. It will cost extra to caulk each unit on a separate date.
A boom lift, ladders, and/or scaffolding are typically required when replacing caulk in a condominium complex. There are fees for things like travel, merchandise, equipment leasing, and material delivery.
Each unit owner would have to pay for these expenditures separately if done on an individual basis and at various periods. However, the costs will be cheaper if all of the caulking in the building is redone at the same time by a single caulking contractor, saving each unit owner hundreds of dollars.
Apex Caulking can perform a thorough and in-depth caulking assessment of your structure. We only work with the best sealants and cutting-edge caulking and sealing processes. Our sealant joints are smooth and faultless, so they’ll look great on your building and in the condos and public places.
Contact us here. Caulking in Brighton.