Building Caulking and Caulking Detail

Sure-Seal has been serving Calgary and Western Canada since 1982. With almost 30 years of experience, the company only seems to grow and become more robust and trustworthy over the years—all thanks to the team of experts and reliable materials, such as CAULKING and SEALANTS. Most clients are satisfied with Sure-Seal’s services and dedication to SAFETY.

Our company’s caulking services and other safety services like firestopping, joint expansion, bridge repair, etc., provide the best quality for the safety and satisfaction of all clients and the structural integrity of every commercial or residential building.

Caulking and Sealant

Caulk and sealants are not permanent, but with proper caulking and application and proper choice of materials—they can last for more than it is intended. Sure-Seal intends to remove old and faulty caulking systems and replace them with the appropriate type of caulk or sealant.

Whether it needs silicone caulk, acrylic latex caulk, paintable caulk, urethane, pre-formed silicone extrusion systems, or pre-formed foam sealants—Sure-Seal surely knows what is best to use depending on the project. And that is one of the things that decades of experience taught the company.

No matter the structure and masonry, different weather and climate conditions can cause cracks and leaks. Window doors, walls, and window seals may expand and contract because of uncontrollable elements—and the is where Sure-Seal comes in.

Weather and climate are uncontrollable, and that is why SURE-SEAL focuses on the FACTORS WE CAN CONTROL!

If you think your building needs new caulking to defend from outdoor elements like high temperatures, humidity, rain, and whatnot—get a FREE quote now by calling Sure-Seal at (403) 265-8677.

Attention to Detail

Sure-Seal pays attention to every detail, and our methods have worked for thousands of happy clients in the past—and will continue to serve future clients with the same type of service and dedication.

Aside from the proper execution of caulk, we also apply weatherproofing and firestopping materials. Our team of experts takes pride in their work. They are skilled and always take their craftsmanship to the next level, so clients can rest assured that they are in good hands. High-quality and long-lasting work is what Sure-Seal stands for, and it is evident by the years of serving numerous clients.

Caulking detail depends on the type of building, materials, and position. Because our team of experts has a background in construction and engineering, they select only the correct type of caulk and sealant based on anticipated exposure, movement and contraction, as well as aesthetic requirements. Our team also puts aesthetics in mind and not just structural integrity—which is definitely a plus for some of our clients.

Consequences of Poor Caulking

Choosing the right people for the job is essential. There are many consequences to poor caulking, and one of them is risking your safety. As stated before, SURE-SEAL is dedicated to SAFETY. And that is why we take all of our services seriously by carefully planning and meticulously executing every job properly—whether it is big or small.

Some of the consequences of improper caulking can cause water intrusion, which leads to property damage—ultimately leading to spending more $$$ on unnecessary damages that could have been prevented by PROPER CAULKING and timely re-caulking.

Sure-Seal will make sure to add more structural integrity to any building and structure—new or old. We ensure long-term building health and will always put value in our work by putting safety and integrity first!

If you own or recently leased or bought an old structure, make sure you get it inspected by Calgary’s most-trusted caulking and firestopping experts—SURE-SEAL!

What Areas Do We SEAL?

Sure-Seal will start every project by assessing the structure or building and look for areas that have issues with air loss, leaks, mould, and moisture. And after determining the areas of the building—we can go ahead and start caulking and sealing the areas, such as:

  • Building joints
  • Fixtures and baseboards
  • Exterior windows
  • Exterior doors
  • Exterior power outlets
  • Gaps and cracks on the ceiling and floors
  • High rise curtain walls caulking
  • Medical bio sealants
  • High rise building envelope
  • LRT platforms
  • Sealing for precast panels
  • Sealing for box culverts
  • High rise caulking and many more

What You Need to Know About Caulking and Sealant

Caulks in sealants are used in all types of construction, mainly on the exterior. It is used to prevent water, air, gas, noise, dust, smoke, and moisture from entering the interior of a building or structure for optimum health and longevity.

They work as a barrier to prevent all of these harmful elements from entering the building. However, there are many types of caulking and sealants, and choosing the right type for each project is essential. Choosing an experienced contractor would be the best way to make sure that every material, type of caulking and sealant, and execution is adequately done—so you don’t need to worry about a single thing.

It is also good to know the different types of caulking and sealant, so you can have your own input on any project or if you come across different caulking contractors in your area.

Caulking and sealant do not cost a lot of money compared to the cost of constructing an entire building. With that being said, properly caulking a structure should always be a priority since it does not cost too much. Building owners should never overlook the process for something so inexpensive and hire a company with a lot of experience, like SURE-SEAL.

It is good to know your caulking and sealant types to make sure your building envelope is airtight, watertight, and all-around weathertight.

Here are the different types of caulking and sealant:

Caulking

Caulk is always associated with filling gaps that do not experience expansion and contraction. Because caulk is a lot denser than other types of sealants, it is appropriate for more significant gaps and walls that are being prepared for painting.

They are not very flexible, but they are excellent for filling gaps between drywall, trim, and windows. They are often used as casework and preparation before paint is applied. It is good to know that water-based or solvent-based paints are the best for latex caulks. Now, there are many types of caulks, and their purposes and applications are different.

Acrylic Latex Caulk

Acrylic latex caulk is the best paintable caulk. It also happens to be the cheapest type of caulk available in most hardware stores and general merchandise stores. It is best for covering small cracks and holes before being painted on. It also works well with wood, drywall, and other masonry. However, acrylic latex caulk is only meant for interior use.

Vinyl Latex Caulk

Vinyl is highly similar to acrylic latex caulk in terms of price and application. However, it is a lot durable. It is very soft and water-soluble. And it is more rigid and more waterproof—making it suitable for exterior applications.

Adhesive Caulk

Adhesive caulk is also known as liquid nails because it also works as a powerful glue that can hold two surfaces together for effectively sealing a joint.

Butyl Rubber

Butyl rubber is best applied to roofing because of its highly weathertight, durable, and flexible characteristics. It is also ideal for chimneys, gutters, and foundations. It is designed to seal and work as a barrier for buildings against water—and it is pretty easy for pros to apply but may be too messy for beginners.

In addition, butyl rubber can also last for years without too much maintenance. In the case that it needs maintenance, butyl rubber is easier to remove and clean. This material is best for exterior use only.

Asphalt Caulk

The smell and appearance of asphalt caulk are highly similar to butyl rubber, but the primary difference is that butyl rubber is better for exposed areas to the sun. Asphalt caulk does not handle the sun very well, so it is ideal for interior use, sealing shingles, and other areas that are not exposed to sunlight.

Fireproof Caulk

Fireproof caulk is very obvious to spot because it is coloured with a bright and fire-y red colour. It is used to seal joints to prevent fires from spreading through the different areas of a budling, which is excellent for safety. It is best used for areas and sealing holes where electrical lines and plumbing pipes pierce a building or structure.

Pure Silicone Caulk

Pure silicone caulk is an excellent choice for bathrooms, sinks, toilets, and other non-porous surfaces. They last for decades, thanks to their adherence to these surfaces. However, pure silicone caulk is not meant for wood, masonry, or drywall.

Sealant

Sealants are a lot more flexible than caulk. And because of their flexibility, they play a vital role in construction. They form a more variable barrier that works excellent with areas that experience expansion, contraction, and movement. However, unlike caulk—some sealants are not paintable.

They can infiltrate and penetrate through tighter spaces for more precise and deeper sealing and protection. Sealants are used in many applications, such as walls, curbs, expansion joints, roof-to-wall expansions, sidewalks, roof steps, and many more to mention.

Silicone Sealants

Silicone Sealants is the best for joint movement. They offer the most superior adhesion to the most common budling materials, including glass, aluminum, wood, steel, masonry, vinyl, and many more.

However, the process might be more complicated compared to caulk because premium sealants require more work, like adding primer. But it is all worth it, considering that silicone sealants are more resistant to moisture, oxidizing, and high temperatures, making them ideal for areas with high traffic. Abrasion and degradation can happen to these areas without using the correct type of sealant—so make sure you choose silicone sealant for these areas!

Silicone sealants, unlike caulks, are not paintable. But there are modified versions that are paintable if you want to paint over a building to add more aesthetic. One of the most notable things about silicone sealants, aside from their effectivity is the ease of application.

Compared to caulk and other materials, applying silicone sealants is less messy, but you should still hire a professional to make sure you put it in the right places.

  • Siliconized Sealants
    These types of sealants are acrylic sealants that are reinforced by adding silicone for durability. They are very much durable, but they are not that easy to apply and clean up. They may be stable enough for outdoor and exterior applications—but they are not really the best.

Polyurethane

Polyurethane is not as popular as silicone sealants, but they do offer and provide excellent joint movement capabilities and superb adhesion. They dry and cure quickly, and they are known for their long-term durability and superior resistance against UV.

Polyurethane sealants are compatible and best applied to metal and masonry surfaces. It is not the best for glass, and it gives off a very strong chemical smell. If you decide to apply polyurethane sealant on metal or masonry, make sure you wear respirators during the application process to prevent any illnesses.

Solvent

Solvent-based sealants are for low movement, contraction, and expansion areas. They require special handling and professional application because of their flammability and other harmful chemicals. Solvent-based adhesives are very durable and can be applied during freezing temperatures. They are also paintable, such as caulk, but you need to wait after curing it for one to two weeks.

Hybrid

One of the most innovative types of sealants is the hybrid sealants. Hybrids are a combination of silicone and polyurethane sealants, making them resistant to UV and paintable for the overall aesthetics. In some cases where the temperatures and movement are not too extreme, hybrids make an excellent choice for durability and the appearance of an exterior side of a structure.

Sure-Seal only uses high-performance sealants and the correct type of caulk for our projects, so you can rest assured that you are in the right hands when you choose us. Just call us at (403) 265-8677 for questions about our services.

Applying Sealant DIY

Many people like to DIY and apply caulking and sealant by themselves. Although it is easy for residential homes, application for buildings and public and commercial structures is different since the risk of safety of many people is involved.

If you insist on applying caulking and sealant for your home, make sure you read the information above and read the information below for more sealant application tips.

What You Need:

  • Caulking Gun- Caulk and sealants might be different, but the one thing they have in common is the application. They both require a high-quality caulking gun for better application. Ideally, you should choose a dripless design to avoid causing a massive mess after application. If you have the extra budget, you should also choose an option that has a High-Thrust-Ratio. It is easier to pull the trigger, which makes it more effortless to apply.
  • Paper towels and other cleaning materials- Applying caulk and sealants is a messy job, so make sure you have all the cleaning materials ready to clean the excess caulk and sealant after. You should also clean it immediately before it gets more difficult to clean the next day.
  • Proper protection and attire- Make sure you wear the right work clothes to prevent sealant from contacting your skin. Also, wear a mask or respirator to avoid inhaling the chemical smell and glasses to protect the eyes.

Application

For application, you need to hold the caulking gun at a 45-degree angle while aiming at the gap directly at the joint. You will need to use the right amount of pressure as you go, so make sure you have a firm hold.

You can use your finger or caulk finishing tool to smooth out the applied caulk on the joints. Use the rag or paper towel to remove excess materials off your fingers and other parts it may have contacted. Make sure you spot all gaps and cracks and fill it out nicely.

Applying caulk is a pretty challenging process, so make sure you hire a professional to help you with more demanding jobs and projects.

Sure-Seal

The company does the job right and goes the extra mile to provide clients with top-notch work. The company understands that any structural design’s objective is to keep the tenants safe from life-threatening damages caused by natural calamities.

Sure-Seal provides many services, and this long list of services can meet local building codes and pass inspections, which is usually the most significant difference between hiring professional contractors and amateur work. With the quality of work, it is also tough to believe that Sure-Seal can do these jobs at a very reasonable price.

Why Choose Sure-Seal?

  • Almost 30 Years of Experience
  • Excellent Support
  • Dedication to Safety
  • Quality Workmanship and Skills
  • Proven Track Record
  • Project Financing
  • Other Services
  • Firestopping
  • Expansion Joints
  • BEVA
  • Bridge Repairs

Types of Structures We Work On

We have experience working on different types of structures and applied many types of caulking systems, roof expansion joints, firestopping, and more. Here are some of the structures we worked on in the past:

  • Buildings- including apartments, offices, condominiums, industrial, retail malls, commercial, and residential lofts, and more
  • Parking Garages
  • Floor Joints
  • Roof Joints
  • Patios
  • Balconies
  • Decks
  • Sidewalks
  • Stadiums
  • Entire building complexes
  • Expansion joints
  • Security and firestop systems
  • And a lot more

If you need professional help with sealing and caulking your structure, building, apartment, and any other type of property—do not hesitate to call Sure-Seal. We can answer all your questions and give you a FREE quote—so get that phone and dial (403) 265-8677 now!