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Inspection & Consulting

At United Professional, we deliver innovative and cost effective solutions. With two decades of speciality focus on the Building Envelope, our goal is to help clients reduce the risks associated with water penetration, air leakage, vapour diffusion and thermal performance while increasing durability and energy efficiency of their buildings. Our Clients benefit from the combined skills of …Read more

Cleaning and maintenance of Silicone Construction Sealants

In response to the many requests we receive regarding sealant maintenance and cleaning procedures for silicones in general United Professional offers the following comments. Silicones have been used in your quality building project because of their stable properties regardless of environmental conditions. Therefore, cured silicone sealants in weatherproofing joints or remedial repair joints do not require …Read more

What is a Rain Screen Sealant Joint System?

The importance of good seals in new buildings is noted when walls discolor because of water intrusion; when important papers are soiled, machines get wet and fail, floors and rugs are ruined.  Then people think seriously about good sealing practices.  Considering the problems and high financial impact that can occur, attention being paid to a …Read more

Durability of Building and Construction Sealants

Author:  Wayne Belcher Founder and General Manager of United Professional Caulking & Restoration; Est. 1991.  Certified presenter and educator for the Masonry Institute of Washington and the Western State Conference of Masonry Contractors.   More than just chemistry, ideally, the implementation of a sustainable sealant installation can benefit significantly from proper design assessment, sealant selection, …Read more

Sealants

Sealants and Their Function The prevention of moisture and air penetration begins with joint design that takes all conditions into consideration and joint preparation that is in accordance with recommended procedures. It is the sealant that is specified (and applied) and the workmanship on the job that oftendetermines how long the structure will be protected …Read more

Joints

There is movement in structures regardless of size, height, and width. To accommodate or cushion structural movement, there is need for elastic joints at varying strategic locations throughout the exterior of a building. In addition to the problem of potential torsion, seismic, or vibrational stresses, the dimension and location of joints are directly related to …Read more

History of Caulkers

The Phoenicians were among the great seafaring peoples of the ancient world. Mentioned in scripture dating from 1467 B.C.E. their ships were very seaworthy for their size. They were high both at the bow and at the stern, of wide beam, and could be powered by both sails and oars. Among the special skills of …Read more