At Calfeutrage Apex, we have extensive experience caulking condo buildings. We are proud to work closely with building managers and boards, and to provide education about the role of caulking and its necessity to the well-being of a building.
We work to the highest standards of the construction industry and we follow all of the following steps when replacing the caulking of a building.
Properly caulking your condo or apartment building
Exterior caulking joints are often ignored or forgotten about despite their importance and critical contribution to a watertight building envelope. The reason for that may simply be: out of sight, out of mind. This is especially true for high-rise condominiums, where much of the sealant is not visible from the ground.
Replacing exterior sealants on condo buildings before they fail is one of the most important contributors to maintaining a healthy building envelope.
Making sure that a condominium’s exterior is properly sealed and weatherproof is critical, or else it could be vulnerable to various problems.
Except for fire, nothing is more damaging to residential buildings and the property of their occupants than leaks. Water damage can be destructive and may lead to the appearance of mold and rot and all associated health complications resulting from living in a mold contaminated environment.
It is vital for condo and apartment buildings to make sure that their structure is as waterproofed as it can possibly be, and that any gaps or cracks in the building’s envelope are treated seriously and professionally.
High electric bills and insect infestation
Poor and detreating caulking may increase the cost of your electric bills. Gaps and cracks in the caulking of your doors and windows will allow in cold drafts of air that result in heat loss in winter and cool loss in summer. It also leaves an opening for insects to intrude into your condo and apartment building.
How do I know when to replace caulking on a condo building?
- Look at the south side of your building, this is where your condos are most exposed to the sun and where the caulking will suffer more deterioration. If you notice gaps and cracks, the caulking has to be redone.
- Do you feel cold / hot drafts coming from your doors or windows?
- Do you notice the appearance of spider webs outside your windows during fall? That may be a sign of heat loss that attracts spiders to build their webs near a heat source.
- Water and moisture coming in through your windows.
- Poke the caulking joint with a pen or your finger. A good caulking joint should be flexible and bounce back. If the caulking joint is hard and dry, it needs to be replaced.
- Determine when the last time the condo building was caulked. If past the 12 to 20-year mark, water leaks, wood rot, or other damage may have already begun to occur.
- Determine the type of sealant currently in use on site. Inferior products may mean a shorter life cycle.
Calfeutrage Apex: a service tailored to condos and apartment buildings
We use superior quality caulking products
Calfeutrage Apex uses commercial grade silicon caulking, for its durability, flexibility and aesthetics.
We have the equipment required for caulking a condominium project
Calfeutrage Apex will send a caulking technician to your property when you request a free quote. The technician will go over the structure and take measurements of every item that needs to be sealed. He will than determine whether the structure requires a Boomlift or the work can be done simply with a ladder.
Typically, a condominium higher than 2 levels may require the use of a lift.
Our detailed quote rules out unpleasant surprises
After gathering all measurements, matching caulking shades (Calfeutrage Apex has 90 shades of caulking for your choice), and asserting the need for a lift, Calfeutrage Apex will send you a detailed quote. The quote will include all parts of your building that requires caulking, their sizes, prices and colors.
When it comes to caulking condos, negligence costs more…
A sealant replacement project may be costly, however, repairing water damage to a condominium is far more expensive if neglected. Paying to repair water damage as well as replacing the sealant for an entire building costs more than just replacing the sealant.
When making the decision to replace the caulking, choose the right contractor that will not cut corners and guarantees thorough and impeccable work. A poorly installed caulking joint may lead to spot repairs year after year, quickly reversing any savings that may have been generated by choosing the contractor with the lowest price.
It’s important to remember that sealants might be out of sight, but they should never be out of mind.