Joint Sealant Services - Omaha, NE
When it comes to cracks in your concrete surfaces, S & J Caulking’s Omaha contractors offer the expertise and care you need with our efficient and effective joint sealant services.
Many of our Omaha clients are unaware that there are two common ways to fill cracks in concrete– joint sealing and caulking. While the two may seem to be interchangeable, there are a few key differences between caulks and sealants. S & J Caulking’s professional caulking and sealing team can help you decide which is right for your concrete and driveway repair needs!
What is Joint Sealing for Concrete?
Joint sealing is an alternative to caulking that protects concrete joints in walls, floors, and driveways from cracking, corrosion, mold, and additional damage that occurs from moisture. A concrete joint sealer can also help fortify the concrete expansion or contraction joints on your sidewalks, patios, driveways, and parking areas, which helps prevent damage from heavy equipment or vehicles being driven on the concrete surface. After having joint sealing done, you will undoubtedly notice fewer chips and cracks in your concrete.
Concrete expansion joints allow concrete to expand and contract without cracking. Concrete joint sealer helps reduce the absorption of water, which creates less stress on the expansion joints. Although silicone joint sealers are the most commonly used among our Omaha clients, there are a few different types of concrete joint sealants:
Liquid Joint Sealants: This is one of the most common and budget-friendly joint sealing options. Utilizes silicone sealants that are applied through a nozzle or poured into joints or cracks. Protects against UV rays, and is highly impermeable to moisture.
Foam Sealants: These pre-formed foam sealants arrive ready for installation, making these sealers the easiest to install. Known for thermal protection properties as well as moisture protection.
Hybrid Joint Sealants: These joint sealants combine multiple materials, including both foam and silicone, to create one of the most effective concrete sealer options, and may last longer than other sealer options.
What is the Difference Between Caulk and Sealant?
There are benefits to both caulks and sealants, however, here are some of the main comparison points you need to know when choosing caulking vs joint sealing services:
• BOTH caulk and sealants are often used in concrete and driveway repair to fill cracks or gaps in your exterior surfaces.
• BOTH caulking and sealing are generally applied using what’s commonly known as a “caulking gun.” –This is why many of our Omaha clients get confused.
• MAIN DIFFERENCE: Caulking is solid and provides no elasticity, making it better suited for areas with little to none expansion or contraction with changing temps or moisture. Joint sealants are flexible, making them ideal for areas that experience more expansion and contraction, such as high traffic areas that have lots of pressure placed on the surface or are exposed to high temperatures.
• MINOR DIFFERENCE: Caulking can be painted to match the current materials, joint sealants cannot.
When it comes to crack repair for your concrete joints in your driveways, walkways, and home’s exterior, S & J Caulking has the capacity to provide the most cutting-edge, affordable joint sealer services to maintain and repair concrete for your Omaha property.
Call S & J Caulking today to see if concrete joint sealing services are right for you! Ask about our 2-year workmanship warranty!