Benefits of Using a Finishing Tool For Sealant
What is a finishing tool for sealant and what are the benefits of using it? A sealant finishing tool is used to seal up a crack or join between surfaces. Not only does it smooth the bead of the sealant, but it also trims any excess caulk away.
They come in all types of shapes and sizes, however, each sealant finishing tool is made with different angles to allow for a tight seal.
Most sealants are waterproof, airtight and mould resistant, which is why joint sealants are essential when glazing. Sealants are a great tile adhesive and are found in every glazier's toolkit. An example of a finishing sealant is silicone. Silicone sealants are a popular choice when using finishing sealants as they have:
- Excellent temperature resistance
- Exceptional high-movement accommodation
- High workability
- UV stability
Due to the many advantages silicone sealants have, they are therefore a versatile option for many construction projects. Read on to learn more about the benefits of using finishing sealant tools and much more!
Why is it Important to Use Finishing Sealant?
Caulking/sealants play an important role in building and glazing. They work by preventing moisture and air penetration. When it comes to construction sealants are essential.
This is because sealants act as a barrier to prevent substances and fluids from passing through surfaces, joints or openings. They also work by preventing, air, dust and other debris from passing through.
Not only do sealants work by preventing fluids and dirt from passing through, but they are also excellent at keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient.
This is because sealing windows prevent any air leaks and prevents any sort of moisture from getting through - therefore reducing the amount of heating or air conditioning needed.
Why is it Important to Use a Finishing Tool for Sealant?
We have discussed the reasons why using a sealant is important, but why do we need to use a sealant finishing tool?
It’s simple when squeezing sealant into a joint or crack, it will most likely be rough and messy when it’s being dispensed. In order to create a smooth finish, the sealant must be smoothed down with a finishing tool before the sealant sets.
Sealant tools offer an easy solution to providing a professional finish when sealing. Using a sealant tool not only makes the sealant process a lot easier but also ensures that everything is neatly sealed and that no air bubbles are present.
What Surfaces Can Sealant Tools Be Used on?
Sealants and sealant tools can be used on anything that requires a tight, waterproof seal. Sealant tools are best known for creating a smooth edge around windows, doors, toilets, taps and bathrooms. Sealants can be found in most kitchens and on most sinks. This is because both of these areas are more prone to fluid leakages.
However, there are certain surfaces that some sealants are not to be used on. For example, silicone sealants aren't to be used on rubber as this will not stick to the surface.
Here at GGR Glass, we offer a range of sealant finishing tools such as our sealant finisher tool set. This comes in a pack of four and different shapes from just £4.40!
Our kit can be used to finish up to 16 different types of silicone and mastic joints such as bathtubs, shower units, water basins, mirrors, window sills, expansion joints and ceramic tiles!
How to Get a Smooth Finish For your Sealant
Many types of sealants are different but they all have one thing in common, they can be a messy job! This is why we are going to discuss the different methods to follow to allow you to achieve a professional-looking seal.
- Masking Tape - If you want to achieve a clean, straight line without having to worry about the sealant moving, the masking tapes are your best bet.
- Use your finger - If you don't own a finishing tool or masking tape then this is your best option. Although this is quite an old-fashioned method, it is still very effective. In fact, it is just as effective as some other tools if used correctly! To do this, it is best to dip your finger in some white spirit, this will stop the sealant from sticking to your skin. You then want to run your finger along with the sealant bead to allow the sealant to smooth into the gap correctly.
- Although sealant can be messy, there is no need to worry about messing up. This is because a sealant remover tool is an option, it works by removing traces of old sealant without harming your surfaces.
Here at GGR Glass, we believe that without sealant finishing tools you are more likely to experience unwanted leakages and damp patches which can ruin the rooms aesthetic. Sealant finishing tools or caulking tools will help aid you in the smoothing of sealants.
What Sealant Finishing Tools Do We Offer?
At GGR glass, we have a range of sealant finishing tools to choose from that can help you with your sealant needs, whether for sealing joints on a bath, wall, or anywhere else in your home. Read on to learn more.
Angular Sealant Finisher
Check out our Angular sealant finisher kit. This product will help you seal joints and surfaces in hard-to-reach places. It is lightweight and flexible which makes it easy to use. It is excellent for sealing joint surfaces and it is very versatile. Our Angular sealant finisher is made from non-stick plastic to allow you to create perfect sealant joints every time during your repair.
Mastic Sealant Finisher
Another great tool that we recommend for the cleanest of finishes, is our Mastic sealant finisher. This is one of our must-have accessories. Mastics tend to be more of an adhesive and are used for jobs such as adhering to a laminate floor or countertop.
Mastic sealants are used for sealing gaps and joints in places where they will need to resist some movement. Mastic sealants can be used for shower screens or window frames. Exterior mastic sealants are waterproof so it can therefore be used in the garden. This makes it a perfect sealant for outdoor projects!