Everything you need to know about indoor commercial and industrial caulking on the south shore
Calfeutrage Apex is A caulking expert that offers its professional caulking services on the south shore of Montreal. We specialize in exterior and interior caulking of condo buildings, commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.
In this article, we will explain the use of interior caulking, the importance of interior sealants, review the different types of interior caulks and their benefits. For a free quote for interior caulking, application click here.
The 4 important uses of Interior caulking
Interior caulking is used to seal the interior joints of a building or between surfaces within a building. It is used for the following purposes:
- Between surfaces- To prevent water leaks that can result in the growth of mould.
- To seal interior joints between panels in laboratories or food processing facilities.
- To seal openings in fire resistance walls and floors against the spread of fire (fire stopping sealants).
- To enhance the appearance of a space or room.
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Mould and Indoor caulking
Interior caulking joints guard the structure against indoor water leaks and moisture between surfaces. If water finds its way behind or between 2 surfaces (For example kitchen counter and a wall, between tiles, bathroom counters), mould can grow and spread, especially if the moisture problem doesn’t seem to be corrected.
Problems associated with mould
The biggest problem with mould is its variety of health effects and symptoms as well as an allergic reaction. The application of Indoor caulking protects surfaces against water seepage and thus helps to stop the expansion of mould.
Mould-free indoor environment
By ensuring a mould-free indoor environment, businesses and property owners protect the health of their tenants or employees.
Employers are required to ensure the health and safety of their employees at the workplace. This includes protecting workers from mould in workplace buildings.
Mould effects on Building materials
The growth of indoor mould should be avoided because mould can start eating away materials (For example Wood-based materials are highly susceptible to mould). Mould can affect the looks, smell, and even the structural integrity of a building. Moulds can grow on any surface as long as moisture or water and oxygen are present, however, mould growth can be prevented by controlling moisture.
Interior joints in Industrial and commercial buildings
Commercial and Industrial structures rely heavily on joint sealants and commercial silicone caulk to prevent damages to the structures and their contents. Being a commercial caulking company, we always conduct an intensive inspection of your industrial structure to determine the most effective and most fitted sealant for the project of interior caulking. Our goal is to make every commercial building waterproof.
The Sealants we use for industrial buildings
Calfeutrage Apex is offering a wide range of top quality caulking products that meet the foremost stringent requirements in terms of performance. The specific type of silicon caulking product we will use will be chosen according to the type of surfaces ( showers, tubs, sinks, and plumbing fixtures).
Silicon caulking used indoor
Here are a number of the characteristics of the commercial silicone caulk we use for interior caulking:
- Our silicon caulk is mildew resistant
- Silicone-based caulk maintains its flexibility without drying, shrinking, cracking, or crumbling.
- Resists staining and colour changes
- Silicon sealant maintains its shape, width, and strength throughout the years.
- Complies with FDA Regulation No. 21 CFR 177.2600
Food grade sealants
The commercial or industrial grade caulks used for food-grade plants or commercial kitchens, contain an antimicrobial and are tested against a spectrum of microbes.
Food grade caulk is a caulking product that’s approved by the FDA and comes in a variety of different caulking colours (to match different shades of surfaces). Food grade sealant is used to seal gaps between surfaces to protect against water or moisture infiltration. This type of caulking doesn’t contaminate food drinks or any products that are made for human or animal consumption.
Food grade caulking is used for:
Caulking commercial and industrial kitchens
Caulking food and beverage plants
Caulking hospitals and medical facilities
Caulking sinks and bathtubs
Caulking shopping centers
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Commercial and industrial caulking quote
When inspecting the interior caulking of your commercial or industrial building, we inspect:
- The type of present caulking material
- The surfaces that must be caulked
- Present colours and shades (For colour matching)
- The type and texture of surfaces that need to be sealed
Our caulking quote will then include:
- The best removal procedure to remove the present caulking
- Details of the most effective caulking product, suitable for the surface and kind of structure
- The best matching colours to the surfaces
- Whether a primer should be applied to the surfaces before the sealant
Calfeutrage Apex installs firestopping sealants within horizontal and vertical fire resistance walls, floors, and ceilings in commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings.
What is Firestopping caulking?
Firestopping caulking is a sealant that delays or prevents the spread of fire and smoke within a building through small penetrations and openings and contributes to protecting and saving lives. Fire mastic sealants are installed in the penetrations and openings of fire resistance walls and floors and are rated according to the amount of time they can hold backfire (usually between 1-4 hours.) Most fire sealant materials are silicon-based.
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Modern appearance for commercial and condo buildings.
Interior caulking is commonly used indoors just because it provides a cleaner, more modern look, and finishes.
If your property is a commercial business like a restaurant, spa, hotel, clinique, a store, or the other commercial place that clients visit, interior caulking can significantly improve the looks of the inside space if done by a professional caulking company. Recent caulking joints make any room look more modern, whereas split, loose stained joints can make any room or element look old, for example: Expired or worn out Caulking joints of a sink in a restaurant, will give the bathroom a neglected appearance.
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Our stages of installation of interior caulking:
Removal of old caulking- The removal of present caulking is crucial to ensure perfect adhesion between the caulking product and the surface it’s applied to. When it involves interior caulking, the removal has got to be done carefully with the correct tools to avoid damages or scratches to the surface. When caulking inside industrial and commercial structures, we are going to present our tools to the architect or project manager during the submission process.
How to remove old caulking?
- Removal of present caulking joints with pliers, a sharp blade or electric knife.
- Dusting the surface with a delicate brush to get rid of dust particles from the surface.
- Cleaning the surface with proper cleaner or solvent to get rid of dirt, oils, or stubborn product residue from the surface.
Apply caulk to joints
- Application of interior caulk to seal joints, gaps, holes, or cracks with a caulking gun.
- Tool the caulking joint to level and smooth the caulk. Tooling is the final step used by caulking pros to give the joint a smooth finish.It is done with a sharpened wood stick and soapy water.
Calfeutrage Apex is your pro expert for indoor caulking in the south shore
Calfeutrage Apex specializes in caulking doors and windows, expansion joints, window sills, and the entire envelope of commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings. Additionally, we specialize in the installation of interior caulking in condos, commercial, and industrial structures.
We at calfeutrage Apex, have been caulking within the south shore of Montreal for numerous years, servicing many cities like Longueuil, Brossard, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Bromont, Granby, and 40 other cities within the south shore. For a free quote for interior caulking please contact us: 438-288-0338 or by filling up this form.
Ultimately, interior caulking has health and structural benefits. It is important to conduct a yearly inspection to ensure that your interior caulking joints are functional and intact.
Remember: Indoor caulking may sometimes be out of sight but it should never be out of mind!
Choosing the right caulking materials and caulking professionals for your project is important to ensure long-lasting results, perfect seal and professional appearance.