Caulking is used to seal in gaps around windows and doors. Caulking not only covers these gaps and cracks, but it also keeps the house insulated by keeping drafts out. Just like other things inside a home, caulking may need to be replaced over time. Heat and cold can cause your home to expand or contract in some places, causing the caulking to become brittle and cracked.
When this happens, you should repair it in order to keep your home energy efficient and looking like new. This project is not very time-intensive. Depending on how much caulk needs to be replaced, it may take an hour or so of your time and cost only a few bucks.
What to do First
First, gather your supplies. You will need new caulk, a putty knife or razor knife to remove the old caulk and some towels to clean up the excess. If you hate getting your hands dirty, you may want to get some gloves as well.
Once you have your materials, the first step is to remove the old caulk. It can usually be done easily with a putty knife, but if the caulk won’t budge, you may need to cut it out.
Add the New Caulk
Once it’s removed, add the new stuff. Make sure you are using silicone caulk that works for the area you are trying the fix. For example, there is caulk for the bathroom and kitchen. White is the most common color, but if it will look weird, opt for paintable caulk.
To add the new caulk, cut a tip that is slightly smaller than the crack, then angle your tube and squeeze. Remember: less is more when using caulk. It can look unprofessional and messy if you use too much. You can always add more if needed. Once you have applied the caulk, smooth the line with your finger. This may seem messy, but it’s a necessary step.
Clean Up the Mess
The next steps are basic cleanup. Wipe up any excess, wash your hands and you’re done! If you’re not satisfied with the way it turned out, simply wait for the caulk to dry and repeat these steps. The tube of caulk will tell you how long it takes to dry. Most take at least 30 minutes. Once it’s dry, you can paint it, if desired.
Windows and Doors Are Our Specialty
At Window Choice, we understand that windows and doors are important parts of your home. Keeping them properly framed and caulked is an important step in order to keep your home insulated and in good condition. When choosing a company that offers reliability and professionalism, choose Window Choice. We do our best to satisfy our customers and we stand by our work. If you have questions about windows and doors, we have answers. Contact us at (905) 461-2267 or (866) 230-5115 with questions or concerns.