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  • Writer's pictureJed Roper

Caulking: A Home Improvement Essential

Caulking is a sealant that is used to fill gaps between materials. It is a common home improvement project that can be done to improve the appearance and energy efficiency of your home. Caulking can also help to prevent water damage and mold growth.


Types of Caulk

There are two main types of caulk: silicone and latex. Silicone caulk is more durable and water-resistant than latex caulk, but it is also more expensive. Latex caulk is less expensive and easier to apply, but it is not as durable or water-resistant as silicone caulk. Please use something paintable when caulking next to or between painted surfaces. Pure silicone isn't paintable, we have to tear it out and replace it. Pure silicone isn't the best option everywhere! I'd even say it's not most ideal for most places on or in your home but I might be biased after having to tear it out so often and replace it with paintable caulking.


When to Use Caulk

Caulk can be used to seal a variety of gaps, including:

  • Around windows and doors

  • Between baseboards and trim

  • Around bathtubs and showers

  • Along countertops and backsplashes

  • In cracks in masonry

How to Caulk

Caulking is a relatively simple process, but it is important to follow the instructions on the caulk tube carefully. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Clean the area to be caulked. The surface should be clean and dry.

  2. Cut the tip of the caulk tube at a 45-degree angle. The size of the opening should be slightly larger than the gap you are filling.

  3. Insert the caulk tube into a caulk gun.

  4. Apply the caulk in a smooth, even bead.

  5. Tool the caulk with a wet rag, finger or a caulk tool to smooth it out.

  6. If your small bead opens a gap caulk it again.

  7. Allow the caulk to dry completely before painting or staining.

Tips for Caulking

Here are a few tips for caulking:

  • Use the right type of caulk for the job.

  • Make sure the surface is clean and dry before caulking.

  • Apply the caulk in a smooth, even bead.

  • Tool the caulk immediately after applying it.

  • Allow the caulk to dry completely before painting or staining.

Conclusion

Caulking is a simple and inexpensive way to improve the appearance and energy efficiency of your home. By following the tips above, you can achieve professional-looking results. Give us a call if you'd like the cracks fixed and your home painted! 435-277-0834








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