Weatherization is a major factor to consider in the home. One of the most common areas of the home to weatherize is the window. To weatherize your window and ensure it is seal tight preventing drafts, consider adding window caulking. It is an affordable and effective method to weatherize the interior and exterior of your windows. The best part is that you can do this on your own. Window caulking is easy and helps save more on energy bills.
For interior window caulking, the latex caulk is the most preferred choice. Though they have a shorter lifespan than any other caulk, but it can be extended through proper application. In addition, latex caulk can be applied to interior windows in cracks up to one-quarter inch wide. On the downside, this type of caulk cannot withstand adverse temperature and as such should be used for the interior, not the interior. This will make it last longer. It works perfectly well on woods and paints if the surface is thoroughly cleaned. Nonetheless, it can be used on different materials as well
Exterior window caulking, on the other hand, requires caulk that can withstand extreme weather conditions. Moreover, it should work well on a variety of surfaces. The best type of caulk that can be used in this kind of condition is butyl rubber. It can seal up cracks that are as large as ¼-inch wide. Depending on the age and window installation, the cracks and gaps may be large and will require the use of butyl caulk. Notably, butyl caulk can be found in different colors and can be customized to match the color of your home especially if you don’t want to go through the rigors of painting.
Would you like to use just one material for caulking window interior and exterior? The best option is the acrylic latex silicone. This type of caulking provides the indoor and outdoor benefits of both latex and butyl. Acrylic latex silicone can withstand extreme weather conditions and is also water resistant. Depending on your choice, you can buy them tinted to match the colors of your home or decide to paint it yourself. It works best on any surface including wood, aluminum siding, drywall, brick and even glass.
Window caulking needs to be done professionally. The most important step in applying caulk is the surface preparation. Remember, to clean the surface thoroughly to be free of dust and dirt so the caulk can adhere properly. Windows are also prone to dust build up. Make sure the area is wiped clean with soap and water. Once done, leave it to dry completely. Clean the crack or gap with a wire brush before window caulking. The next step is to clean the window area once again to make sure everything is removed. Next, you can apply caulk using either a caulking gun or directly from the tube.
For professional window caulking, it is advisable to consult a professional. With them, you can be rest assured that your window caulking project is in the best possible hands.