Caulking & Sealants

Caulking is used in more places than you think. It provides a water-tight seal around tubs, sinks, toilets, windows and seals gaps in baseboards and crown molding. Used to create a smooth, air-tight surface, caulking keeps moisture and air away from building materials. Seal drafts and save on energy bills with caulking updates around your home. It can help to prevent rot and mold. It will add years to your paint jobs and make your house look finished. However, there is a timeframe for caulking. It doesn’t last forever and will eventually break down. Once failure begins, repair the joint to prevent damage to your home. Note that there are many different types of caulking and they are used for different locations in your home. Before choosing your caulk, think about the following: Application: Certain caulking products are simple to apply and can be cleaned up with water. There are other kinds though that requires solvents for cleanup. Some caulking products release a strong odor as they cure and may release some noxious fumes. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area. Materials: Read the label to ensure the type of caulking you get will adhere to the material you are purchasing it for. Paintable: Many caulking products can successfully be painted once they have cured, but certain ones cannot. Check your product label. Moisture: In moist locations including around the sink, tub, or toilet, choose a caulking product that is resistant to mildew and water. Location: For exterior caulking products, pick one that can handle the elements and remains flexible to handle any joint movement during freezing and thawing processes. Temperature: Some products cannot be used in significant temperature changes. Some caulks need to be applied in warm weather or at a particular temperature for adequate curing. There are a variety of specialized caulking products on the market. The most popular ones for homeowner projects include: Butyl Rubber Caulking: Creates a durable water-resistant sealant and is ideal for caulking metal, brick, or concrete. It is capable of being painted once cured. This kind stays flexible and is great for any contracting or expanding joints including roof flashing and gutters. It is messy to work with and will need solvents for cleanup. Silicone Caulking: Ideal for sealing ceramic tile, metal, glass and non-porous surfaces. Silicone does not stick well to wood and masonry or porous surfaces. It is available in clear and many colors since most types are not paintable. Silicone stays flexible after it has dried and nothing will stick to cured silicone...including additional silicone. It is difficult to repair and can leave a film behind that is hard to remove. Capable of being applied in almost any temperature, silicone is widely used. It releases a sharp odor when it is curing. Silicone requires solvents for cleanup. Kitchen and Bath: This caulking has been formulated for high moisture locations. It is great for sealing around tubs and sinks. Available in numerous colours that resist mildew and mold growth, it needs to dry completely before getting wet. Soap and water for simple cleanup. Acrylic Latex: Popular for sealing mouldings, windows and doors, acrylic latex can be used internally and externally. The temperature needs to be forty degrees F or higher while curing. Acrylic can be painted and is additionally available in many colours. It is mildew and water-resistant after it thoroughly dries. It needs to completely dry before getting wet. This caulking is not as flexible as butyl rubber or silicone but it is simple to apply. Acrylic also cleans up easily with water. Have a caulking gun on handy for best results. There are smaller hand tubes available for tiny projects. Look for pressurized cans to use for bigger gaps including around windows and door frames. Check the square footage calculations on the caulking to ensure you purchase the correct amount.

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