Sealants & Coatings
It’s important to understand that joint sealants and coatings used to bind and protect building elements do not last forever. In fact, they require regular maintenance to ensure their strength and integrity. The joints between building materials move and shift slightly over time, causing them to break or delaminate, allowing things like air and moisture to pass through. Likewise, coatings on the floors of parking garages and other surfaces also inevitably break down, exposing the concrete to salt or vehicle fluids that expedite the deterioration process.
If there are open joints in a façade, they need to be sealed. Water infiltration into facades leads to major issues such as rusted metals, general leaks, and ruined interior finishes. It is very important to keep a building’s sealants on a repair schedule as to avoid large capital expenses down the road.