Best Vancouver caulking service

Which Caulking Should you Use?

Variety of caulking products

Hardware stores carry a variety of caulking material: from silicone to acrylic products, there are many options available. How do you know which caulk is best for your project? Regardless of how the caulk is labeled, it is important to consider what it is made from, how it adheres to different surfaces, and the conditions of where you will be using it, to determine which one to buy. In a bathroom with a shower you would want to use a caulk that has UV and mildew protection, for example.

Silicone caulking

Silicone caulk will seal gaps but you will still be  able to see the original colour of the surface. It is mildew resistant, durable and flexible, but can’t be painted. As such, silicone caulk is best used on areas that already have a factory finish coating. Some best places to use silicone caulk are: sinks, around countertops and backsplash walls or finished stained woods.

Acrylic caulking

Acrylic caulking can be used on many different surfaces such as wood, masonry or tiles to name a few. It can be sanded and painted, but is best used in areas that will not get wet. It is very important to caulk joints to hide gaps and ensure that water can’t seep through and cause damage. Caulking joints also helps to keep the warm air inside and the cold outside.

Completed waterproofing project

Waterproofing Coating | Exterior Brick Wall

Importance of painting maintenance

This commercial project needed a tremendous amount of preparation before painting the exterior of the building. Weather was damaging the building, especially the mortar around the bricks. Certain sections of the stucco had long cracks and alligator lines. The metal siding had rusted in areas. Some panels required removal for adjustments, before we put them back into place.

Completed waterproofing project
After Waterproofing
Before waterproofing. Building from the street-side
Before Waterproofing

In-house crew preparation

The importance of preparation for a waterproofing coating is critical. The purpose of  waterproofing the brick and stucco walls is to ensure that no further damage will occur to these surfaces. The crew must be knowledgeable  about the materials and skilled enough to apply the right amount of material to the surface for the product to move with the building structure, for the success of this type of coating. This is important, as the product requirements must be followed for the product to truly perform up to its standards. 

in house vs sub-contract painting

Sub-Contract vs In-house

An employee who knows their work is appreciated by the company they work for, will do their best to uphold the company’s standards. With an in-house crew, everyone is synchronized and working towards a common goal. This ensures that the quality of work is uniform, not only for a specific project, but for every painting project.

AZ Painting believes that a company who trains their in-house crew and builds working relationships among their employees is more likely to provide consistent, high quality service and workmanship. This gives our clients a positive experience they can count on. And these consumers know that if they recommend our services to their friends, they too will experience that same quality of service and workmanship. 

It is good to keep in mind that once a project is sub-contracted it could be sourced out again, with the consumer footing the bill. The people who are performing the project often make little profit, forcing them to cut corners to be able to complete the project with some financial gain.

At AZ Painting, this is never the case. We believe a paint job should last longer than 10 years with the premium products that are available in the market. We do the preparation and take the time to do the project right the first time.