Window caulking is one of the most efficient ways to seal leaks and keep moisture from entering your home. If done well, it can have excellent results; however, most of the time there are mistakes made during the process that can affect the effectiveness of the window caulk. Below are the some of the mistakes to avoid during caulk application.
- Selecting the wrong caulk
Choosing high quality caulk is very important. Even though you may pay more, you will be getting more value for your money and a product that will offer better results.
- Applying too much caulk
Before caulking over a crack, consider the size of the crack. There is no need to spend a lot on quality product only to end up wasting most of it. This is a waste of your time and resources. Create an action plan first so that you have a good idea of the number of cracks you will need to caulk over before getting to work. In order to be sure that you are using the right amount of product, use a backer rod to fill the crack before applying the caulk.
- Skipping the tooling procedure
This step is actually one of the most important. If you are a business, it demonstrates your professionalism level and can earn you positive feedback from clients. Tooling usually results in a neat and appealing job. Using your fingers allows you to evaluate how well the gaps are held. To prevent your fingers from getting stained with the caulk, ensure that they are soapy before tooling.
- Ignoring old caulk
All work needs to be done neatly and attentively. Do not forget to remove old caulk before adding the new product. This is critical to achieving satisfactory results. Over time, the caulk ages and some moisture becomes trapped within the caulk. You can use a putty knife or razor blade to remove old caulk. For the stubborn, hard caulk you can use the caulk remover gel.
- Prematurely exposing caulk to water
Different caulk has different needs so you need to understand and know the type of product you are using. Some caulk needs a full day after application before being exposed to water while other caulk require 3 days before contact with water.
- Using the wrong applicator.
To dispense the caulk you need a good caulk gun. There are various caulk guns on the market, so it is important to avoid buying a cheap or counterfeit product. Be keen and well-informed when purchasing to avoid this petty mistake. Technique is also essential. Remember that a caulk gun is always held at 45 degree angle when applying caulk.
As you can see, the mistakes above can be easily avoided with basic knowledge and care. Whether you are a DIYer or a professional, be aware of the potential missteps and ensure you are well informed about the process before starting a window caulking job. This will help you get the best results.