How To Make The Right Choice When Buying Caulk

The importance of caulk can’t be stressed enough! It’s a simple procedure that can be used both on newly finished projects or as preventative maintenance on your home.

Caulking is the finishing touch to a lot of do it yourself projects. Although, many things don’t need caulking, any project that involves water or air, such as bathtubs and doors do!

While caulking around your new sink or bathtub will most certainly give it a more finished appearance, it is also a necessary step! The caulk will prevent water from draining down into the wall and eventually rotting out your floors and walls!

When used around doors and windows, caulking will help keep both hot and cold air out. It can actually help save you money on heating and cooling bills and keep the temperature in your home more comfortable!

There are several different types of caulk available, but with a little knowledge choosing the right one doesn’t have to be a guessing game.

There are basically four things that you need to consider before buying caulking…..

1. Are you going to be using the caulk indoors or outside? Some       caulks are for indoor use only and will not hold up to the       elements if used outside.

2. How much moisture is going to be in the area you need to caulk?
If it’s a bathtub or sink, you’ll need caulk that is water       resistant.

3. How high or low will the temperature get? An inside project        won’t be as affected by temperature as an outside one. There       are caulks that can stand both high and low temperatures.

4. Last, but not least, you’ll need to consider how easy the caulk
is to apply. While caulking is basically a simple process, some
caulks are harder to work with.

Once, you’ve considered the area in which you’re planning to apply the caulking, you still have to choose the best type for your needs. This little guide will make the decision easier and you’ll have a completed project that will last for years!

Latex Caulk

Latex is very durable, depending on the wear to the area it’s applied, it can last up to 20 years! Another great feature of latex caulk is that you can paint over it to match the rooms decor. But, it’s not a good choice for areas that go through temperature changes, it won’t hold up.

Silicone Caulk

Silicone is a popular choice because it’s effective and durable on many different surfaces. Silicone caulk stays flexible after drying, so it won’t crack and break as easy as some caulks. It’s a perfect choice for sealing windows and doors. But, silicone caulking is harder to apply than some of the other types and it has a bad odor. If you’ve never applied caulking before, this may not be the perfect choice to learn with!

Caulking Cord

Caulking cord is virtually what the name implies! It’s caulking that comes on a roll and looks like a small cord! You just unroll it and cut it to fit the area. It’s a great way to seal off small gaps, but it will only last a few years.

Acrylic Latex Silicone Blend Caulk

As the name implies this caulk is a blend of several types. It is very easy to apply and is very durable. This caulk is good for either indoor or outdoor use and can even be used to seal cracks in stone or brick!

Asphalt Caulk

Asphalt caulk is a heavy duty caulk that is oil based. It can be used in most of the same ways that you use tar, such as sealing cracks around chimneys. It will harden very quickly and last up to four years.

Kitchen and Bath Caulk

This type of caulking should be used in any area where water and moisture are found! It’s the perfect choice for your bathtub, sink or toilet. It can usually be found in a selection of colors and is even mold and mildew resistant!

Butyl Rubber Caulk

This caulking is a great choice for sealing wide cracks and gaps. It can be used to fill in areas that are up to 1/4 inch wide. If applied correctly it will last for up to ten years and is very durable. It can also be found in a variety of colors to blend in with your homes decor.