Freeze/Thaw Cycle

Here in the Midwest we experience extreme changes in temperatures. One day it might be 75 and sunny. The next day might be 25 and spitting sleet. This drastic swing in temperatures is known to be associated with the freeze-thaw cycle.

The freeze-thaw cycle occurs when there is moisture in the air and the temperatures go below freezing, then swing to warmer temperatures above freezing, and then back down to freezing temperatures again. This can create cracks in your caulking especially near exterior walls.

A person does not think of their home as something that moves, contracts, and expands. You might notice a door or drawer that sticks and is hard to shut during the summer when it’s blazing hot outside but then it gets cold and it works just fine. The crack in the caulking is doing the same thing. It’s shrinking in the cold temperatures and expanding when it gets warmer outside.

We know it’s tempting to freak out when you have invested in your home and something doesn’t look quite right. A person does not realize how much movement within your house will actually take place with these temperature changes.

We have had customers call and are frustrated that the epoxy in their seam has cracked and come out. We know that it is frustrating, but unfortunately that is completely natural and there isn’t much we can do about. With the freeze-thaw cycle something has to give as movement will take place. If it was the epoxy in the seam or the slab of granite, I would personally choose the seam as it is the easier and less expensive repair.

If you are having any issues with your countertop and have questions, don’t hesitate to call us. We might be able to put your mind at ease or at least get our guys to come out and repair your issue.

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