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When Was the Last Time Your Building was Caulked?

A building that is properly caulked reduces the risk of structural damage and water infiltration, while also lowering heating and cooling costs.

As cooler weather approaches, building owners and property managers are encouraged to determine when the last time the exterior of their property was caulked. Caulking is traditionally completed in the fall and winter, when masonry and joints contract due to cooler temperatures, which allows for easier and more successful application of the product.

Caulk that is properly applied to a structure will seal joints and cracks that reduce and/or eliminate the intrusion of air, dust, moisture, insects, pollutants, and noise. Having a building that is properly caulked can additionally result in reduced heating and cooling costs, as well as a lower chance of water infiltration. The infiltration of water can ultimately lead to rust damage, further cracking, and leaks. Anchors that have incurred rust damage can also become unstable and, at times, fail – causing serious damage to structures.

“If you can’t remember the last time your building was caulked, it’s time to do it again,” said Chuck McCrimmon, founder, and president of Dakota Evans Restoration, Inc. “Being proactive can help reduce the chances of water infiltration, which can lead to costly repairs in the long run.”

McCrimmon acknowledges that caulk is something that is not regularly considered but is an important part of the overall maintenance of a building. Due to expansion and contraction of joints, voids can occur on the sides of windows and other areas in a structure. Once water gets in and starts expanding, he warns that it is then too late to stop damage from occurring.

In order for the caulk to serve its purpose, it must stay in place for an extended period of time. This can be achieved with proper caulk application, which then maintains proper adhesion to both sides of a joint. Another key factor is making sure caulk can have easy flex movement with the joint it is being adhered to. The ideal time to caulk is when temperatures are between 40 and 80 degrees, and the area is void of frost, dirt, and debris.

By addressing exterior caulking projects during the fall and winter months, moisture is sealed out, causing the building or structure to be more effectively maintained. It is recommended that re-caulking takes place on the exterior of buildings every 8 to 10 years due to the heating and cooling cycles in the Midwest.

For more information, call Dakota Evans at 847-439-5367, or email inquiry@dakotaevans.com. Dakota Evans can be found online at dakotaevans.com.

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Dakota Evans Restoration Handles Large Coating Project at Area Car Dealership

Dakota Evans Restoration, Inc., recently handled a large, time-sensitive 10,000-square foot coating project at an area car dealership.

The company specializes in many different commercial improvement projects, including façade restoration, multi-family balcony repair and parking garages, in addition to the coating project that covered the entire service department floor at a Downers Grove car dealership.

“Car manufacturers actually require that dealerships meet periodic maintenance standards for the floors that their cars are serviced on,” said Sam Miceli, a coating division representative for Dakota Evans. “This work is very specialized and Dakota Evans has years of experience handling these types of projects.”

The entire project from start to finish equaled five full work days, which included times that the dealership was closed so as not to interrupt the dealership’s service schedule.

The process began with a thorough cleaning and degreasing of the floor, which was scrubbed with specialized machines to remove any contaminants. Next, large floor grinders were utilized to remove latent materials. Workers also used hand-held grinders to get around small edges in the floors and columns in the service department area.

“These machines are able to recover almost all of the dust and coatings from the floor, which helps to keep the environment as dust-free as possible,” Miceli said.

The recovery system was then hooked up to a large, commercial HEPA vacuum.

Once these first steps were completed, a grinder with multiple rotating heads was used on the floor surface to remove any leftover residue. Then, the concrete was examined to locate delaminated areas, cracks and damage, or areas broken into small pieces – known as ‘spalls’.

The damaged areas were then removed and patched where needed. All cracks and holes were patched with a 100-percent epoxy mix with sand, which is made into a ‘slurry’ mix that evens out the floor.

After all of the patching was done, the floor needed to cure for a minimum of 24 hours, and then the Dakota Evans team grinded all areas that were patched to ensure there was an even surface. Large blowers were then used and the surface was wiped down with a xylene solvent, to remove all particles off the floor. A two-part epoxy floor primer was then applied to the floor using squeegees, and silica aggregate was broadcast into the epoxy to saturation.

The blowers were used a final time the next day to remove any excess aggregate from floor, leaving a non-slip finish. After all the aggregate was removed and cleaned, an intermediate solid epoxy coat was applied.

One final coat of chemical-resistant urethane was applied to finish the floor, and left to cure overnight before the project was completed.

About Dakota Evans Restoration, Inc.

Dakota Evans is a masonry restoration company based in Palatine, Illinois, that handles a variety of commercial projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. For more information, please visit www.DakotaEvans.com or call 847-439-5367.