Homes whether new or old, they often have cracks and openings on window and door frames. Leaving these cracks untreated can lead to heat loss and cooling loss generated from your HVAC systems, ultimately increasing utility bills. Cracks or holes even tend to ruin the aesthetic value of a property.
Sealing holes and cracks in your architectural envelopes will prevent air (warm or cold) from being leaked. It will make sure that, water and moisture is restricted from entering.
Caulk can also be used in the interior of the home to properly seal bathroom, kitchen and any other plumbing feature. This prevents these areas from damage by moisture and also restricts formation of mildew.
If you are planning a painting or repair project, do not forget to include caulking and get the desired results. Caulking is easier said than done, as it involves precision and inspection of the property for gaps and cracks. This can be a time consuming and hectic DIY task. Painting services companies are a pro in caulking and can get the job done in the most professional manner. They almost make it look seamless.
We share a few caulking tips, which will help you inspect the caulking project in detail.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAULKING PROJECT
Select the right caulk
The most common use of caulk is to keep air and water out. There are different variants of caulk available in the market to get the job done. You need to select one that suits your need. Variants listed below have different characteristics, research well before selecting one.
- Latex Caulk
- Silicone Caulk
- Polyurethane Caulk
- Hybrid Caulk
Caulk does not bind well if surface to be caulked is dusty or dirty. So before installing caulk, it is mandatory to clean the surface. In case you have done caulking before, you should get rid of the old caulk using a sharp tool. This makes the surface caulk ready.
Application is simple; all you need to check is the applicator or popularly known as the caulking gun. Cut the caulk tube in a 45 degree angle, and carefully apply the solution on cracks, gaps and holes to seal them efficiently.
Smooth out the caulk
Once caulk is applied, it is important to smooth it out with a finger to give it the finishing effect. If we neglect this simple step, caulking might end up looking very patchy and uneven.
Save caulk for the next application
If there is any leftover caulk in tubes, you can keep it aside for later use. The best way to do so is by either replacing caulk nozzle or sealing the opening point with a nail.
Whether you want to seal the interior or exterior of your home or commercial property, get in touch with caulking experts in Marlton to make your job easy.