Caulk and Sealant is a material used to seal openings around a structure. A caulking joint bonds together two materials to provide protection from air, water, and moisture penetration.
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IQ Painters’ caulking services adhere to the highest standards and in accordance with the construction industry. The caulking sealant must be applied on a clean surface, free of dirt, old materials, moisture, or dust.
The most common areas to caulk are windows, doors, frames, and masonry expansion joints. It is an essential part of maintaining property barriers and providing good energy efficiency. Exterior window caulk will prevent warm or cold air from entering your home or building, making it easier to maintain a more stable temperature in your rooms, and reducing the time it takes to maintain your heating. This means that your home stays at a more comfortable temperature, reducing energy bills and putting more money back in your pocket.
Sealing the joints, gaps, hairline cracks, and openings also helps to prevent moisture from entering your property. Not being addressed could lead to costly repairs and remediation for mold, mildew, pests, water damage, and loss of energy.
Waterproofing is a system designed to prevent and manage water infiltration that may include coatings, membranes, drainage media, perimeter drainage, interior channels, sump pumps, or other elements. IQ Painters performs above-grade waterproofing coatings and membranes.
Waterproofing on a building is typically an impervious material that will prevent water entry; building construction materials may or may not be actual waterproofing. Most building construction materials such as brick, masonry, and cmu walls are not waterproof—they are only weather barriers. Similarly, materials such as Tyvek or moisture barrier material will only repel water; they are not true waterproofing.
Many construction professionals use the terms damp-proofing and waterproofing interchangeably, but they are not the same. Damp-proofing is a bitumen-based or cementitious treatment applied to the positive side of foundation walls. It’s a quick and simple application of specialized coating to reduce moisture from entering below-grade tiny capillaries in porous materials like masonry and concrete, capillary action moves water from damp to dry areas, sometimes against gravity.
Waterproofing represents a much broader class of moisture protection. Unlike damp-proofing, which cannot bridge cracks, a waterproof membrane can stretch to accommodate some degree of differential movement, settlement, and shrinkage. Even when subjected to high water concentration hydrostatic pressure, waterproofing is designed to be flexible and durable.
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