With time the exterior of the buildings becomes a vulnerable area that can cause leaks. Some of the issues may be related to the microcracks of the exterior coating, while others can be caused by the sealant around windows and doors, floors, ceilings or joints.
One of the most common sealants used in residential and commercial construction is caulk. There are many different types of caulking on the market. Silicone, acrylic latex, solvent based, elastomeric and butyl rubber are the most commonly used. Exterior caulking is similar to interior caulking: your goal is a neat-looking seal over cracks and gaps. However, exterior caulking deserves some extra attention, because of the exposure to weather elements that can contribute to damage or removal of the caulk, causing damage or leaks.
Just as they do the same job, caulk and sealants fail for the same reasons: the bond between the caulk and substrate can fail, the caulk itself can tear or the substrate can break. The two most common errors made when applying a sealant are: not preparing the surface properly before application or choosing the wrong product. So before choosing a product, consider how it will be used, what surface it will be applied on (silicone for example adheres well to glass and tile but poorly to wood) and the exposure to weather elements.
Ocean Tower Construction LLC is working with suppliers, engineers and management companies to offer our customers the best solution for their needs. We have many samples and technical data to help with product selection, and our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you with selecting the right products for your home/building.