Looking for Bathroom Caulking in Durham? Here’s what you should know.
Service time: 1-2 hours.
Most of the time spent on a caulking job is in the preparation. If the area is clean with no mold, then cleaning and caulking should take about 60-90 minutes.
What to check before ordering bathroom caulking in Durham:
1- Are there any loose tiles or missing grout?
Bathroom caulking is the ‘finish’ work. Loose tiles and missing grout could mean water penetration behind the tile, and a rotting wall. If this is what you find, then plan on calling a tiling contractor to have the tile or grout redone. The wall behind the tile may also have to be replaced. Don’t be surprised to find that what you thought was a little problem turns out to be major. If you see water stains on the ceiling downstairs, it’s not minor.
2- Is there any mold on the tiles or in the grout?
If the tiles and grout are solid, but you have mold, you need to do a thorough cleaning to remove all the mold first. Cleaning after caulking will wash mold onto the caulk, which is a poor order of operation. As for mold guarantees – even if your caulk is guaranteed for 10 years, you can get mold in a few months. The homeowner must clean showers and tubs with a good mold cleaner regularily to prevent mold. Check out vinegar based cleaners, or find out how to make your own. Guarantees don’t stop mold from creeping on to your new caulk from other areas. We’re not worried about mold on the caulk – I’m removing it.
So, your tile and grout are good, and the old caulking is just dirty, loose or messy. Now you’re looking at the time involved in removal of the old caulk, and cleaning. This can vary from the time mentioned above, to many hours (3-6) for a shower stall that requires all horizontal and vertical corners re-done. Smaller tiles also take much longer to prepare.
Metal tubs go faster than fiberglass or acrylic because they don’t have as many contours to worry about, and harder surfaces don’t require as much care to avoid scratching.
Standard silicone caulks come in white, almond and clear, and not much more. If you need a better color match, visit the tiling aisle of the big box store, and look for “Sanded” caulk, which comes in a variety of colors. Here’s a link.
How much do you need? A standard 310ml. tube when applied at the maximum 1/4 (6mm.) bead should cover about 24 linear feet. One tube should be enough for an average shower/tub, but if you need every surface covered, and your gaps are larger than 1/4 inch, one tube may not be enough.
If you schedule a service call, make sure not to use the shower / tub for 24 hours before ( more = better) and 24 hours after.
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