Whenever you install new bathroom tiles, a sink, a new door, window or even a driveway, you will notice you get a gap between the items and the wall or floor surface.
In order to prevent moisture or insects from entering your home through these gaps, you need to apply a joint sealing solution as your waterproofing or joint sealing contractor will tell you.
The trouble with polyurethane sealants is they give way after 5 years, on average. Silicone sealants, on the other hand, last for 20 years. What’s even better – they look good too – with modern silicone sealants coming in a range of up to 60 colours.
If you are doing renovations to your home, and have employed a building and construction professional, they will subcontract the job of joint sealing to a Joint Sealing or Caulking Contractor or Tiler.
Experts in their field, they will apply the selected joint sealant (Seal ‘em Solutions recommends silicone sealants because of their durability, flexibility and versatility) to construction joints, isolation joints, concrete saw joints, fire-rated joints and epoxy floor coatings.
This ensures the quality and durability of the construction or joint sealing work.
Concrete floors have joints within them. This poses a risk to the stability of the construction as joints can sometimes give way.
To remove this risk, Joint Sealing Contractors who are well versed with concrete joint seals apply specialised silicone seals to their concrete work to strengthen it.
A leader in silicone and joint seals for the last 30 years, Seal ‘em Solutions counts among its clients, Australia’s leading property developers and construction firms.
1) Make sure you clean the surface on which the joint sealant is to be applied properly
Whether or not your joint sealant solution works will depend on how well you’ve cleaned the surface on which you’re about to lay tiles or the sealant.
Even a single spec of dust can render your surface uneven and can ruin the way the tiles are placed – causing leakages and pest or vermin infestation.
Take cleaning your masonry surface seriously as it could impact the result you’re left with.
2) Check the specifications of the silicone sealant you are planning to buy or use –
Silicone sealants are made to adhere to different surfaces like glass, wood, tile and so on. Not all silicone sealants will bond to every surface. So, check the specifications of the silicone sealant you are intending to use before you buy it.
3) Do be aware of the effect of oxidation on silicone sealants
Oxidation is a chemical process whereby a compound can get eroded due to the action of oxygen on it. The silicone sealant you use can damage your tiles, mirror, bathroom sink, or the woodwork you use it on. Make sure you use an acid-free silicone sealant. Acid-free silicone sealants are safe and won’t react with your plumbing, construction or renovation work.
4) For a clean result, use masking tape
Everything needs to look aesthetic these days, even silicone sealants. With more women in charge of the purchasing decision when it comes to bathroom or home renovation work, you want your joint sealant work to look professional and pleasing to the eye. Using masking tape while applying your silicone sealants will ensure this is the case.