Caulk is vital for almost every job, but rare is the painter who actually knows how to get the best out of it. Here are some tips for caulking.
First of all, the right caulk must be chosen. This means quality product. Get a bargain priced caulk, and you'll need repairs or recaulking sooner rather than later. A higher quality caulk will prevent moisture, mold, and other types of damage.
Caulk is most often used in bathrooms, kitchens, and wash rooms. Anywhere where water flows, really. So, it's essentially to outfit these areas with caulk. With commercial businesses, there could be even more areas that require caulking, including in kitchens, cafe areas, doorways, vents, skylights, etc., or any area that sees high water usage and/or precipitation. It really depends on the facility, so be sure to discuss problem areas with a paint professional. For commercial work, industrial grade caulk should be used, and applied by commercial and industrial paint craftsmen.
As noted on Caulking service page, caulk can also be used for its visual properties. It can bridge gaps and hide irregularities in any given structure. It can also enclose places where dirt, grime, and bacteria accumulate. Great candidates for caulking would be food service facilities like school cafeterias or restaurants. Apart from this functionality, caulk also fills gaps and makes an interior or exterior look that much more professional.
Cleanup is essential. Careless caulking cleanup will lead to leftover residue, which is an eyesore. Sure, it can be remedied, but it's not professional whether it's coming from the DIYer or painter.
A few more thoughts. It takes a steady hand and much experience to properly apply caulk. A painter needs to know how hard to press the caulk gun, and when to cut it off. This is doable for the DIY craftsman, but not easy. It takes practice, which means a lot of failures and successes to know just how to do it. For those with any doubts about how to properly apply caulk, be sure to contact a paint professional.
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