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Wet Glazing: The Solution for Commercial Building Window Leaks
Anyone who is an experienced owner or manager of commercial buildings knows that window leaks are one of the most common and costly causes of damage to buildings. As commercial waterproofing specialists, the team at Benson & Falgout has the expertise to track down the source of window leaks, solve the problem and – perhaps most importantly – help prevent your windows from leaking in the future by utilizing the process of wet glazing.
In this article, we’ll let you know how and why most window leaks occur in commercial buildings. Understanding these factors can be very helpful in avoiding leaks and determining where problems may occur. Then we’ll talk about wet glazing – the most effective and long-lasting way to repair and prevent window leaks.
Why are Window Leaks so Common in Commercial Buildings?
Many factors can contribute to window leaks in commercial buildings. Following are some of the most common.
- Exposure to UV sunlight can cause factory seals to shrink – and can also shrink the sealant around the perimeter of window frames.
- Water leaks are often caused by using a cheap urethane sealant rather than higher-quality silicone, which costs a little more but is much more effective.
- In addition to breaking down much more quickly, urethane sealants can’t handle the heat transfer from window frames and silicon, which can lead to water leaks.
- Water leaks can also be caused by deterioration, shrinking, or rotting window gaskets.
- Finally, window leaks can also occur when a commercial contractor fails to prep the surface properly, installs backer rods incorrectly, or not at all, or does not use a primer.
Why is Wet Glazing the Best Solution to Prevent Window Leaks in Commercial Buildings?
Wet glazing, sometimes also known as “wet sealing,” is the process of applying sealant around commercial windows to seal the glass to the window frame or other materials of a building envelope.
Over the years, wet glazing has proven to be the most effective method for repairing commercial building window leaks. While the process is relatively straightforward, a commercial contractor needs to use a high-quality silicone sealant rather than urethane or other cheap alternatives. In addition to providing a superior watertight and airtight seal, silicone sealant will remain effective for an average of 10 to 12 years longer than urethane sealant.
The bottom line is that whether you need to repair joint sealant that has failed, deteriorating gaskets, or damaged windows, wet glazing performed by a reputable commercial contractor is the most reliable method. Also, keep in mind that window leaks not only let moisture into your building but also result in energy loss – which means that wet glazing will save you even more money in the long run.
Trust the Waterproofing Experts at Benson & Falgout
Whether you need an inspection for water leak detection or immediate repairs, we’ll provide you with a free estimate – followed by top-quality commercial waterproofing services. We provide award-winning services for exterior surfaces of existing commercial buildings and structures. Serving clients throughout Louisiana and Texas, Benson & Falgout is your ideal choice for commercial waterproofing. Contact us today for a free cost estimate or to learn more about our services.
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