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As the summer season comes to a close, now is the perfect time to inspect your windows and doors for areas that need fresh caulking. Any drafts can be nipped in the bud with this wonderful household material before chillier days creep in. But before you start caulking your windows and doors, read our list of common mistakes to avoid first. That way you can avoid having to do this task a second time.
Skipping Surface Preparation
Preparation is key! Failing to clean and prepare the surface before caulking can lead to poor adhesion. Make sure to clean the area thoroughly and remove old caulk or debris.
Using the Wrong Caulk Type
Different caulk types are designed for specific applications (interior, exterior, high-moisture areas, etc.). Choose the appropriate caulk type for your project to ensure durability. It should mention on the package what application it is designed for.
Improper Cutting of the Caulk Tube Nozzle
Cut the nozzle at a 45-degree angle, and make the opening size appropriate for the joint you're caulking. Cutting too large or too small can result in uneven bead application.
Using Cheap or Old Caulk
Sometimes, you get what you pay for. Invest in quality caulking products. Old or cheap caulks can dry out, crack, or fail to adhere properly.
Overfilling gaps with caulk can lead to unsightly results and waste product. Fill gaps about two-thirds full to allow for expansion.
Applying Caulk Too Quickly
Take your time when applying caulk. Rushing can lead to uneven beads and messy results.
Not Smoothing the Bead
After applying caulk, use a caulk smoothing tool or your finger dipped in soapy water to create a smooth, even surface.
Caulking Over Old Caulk Without Removal
Applying new caulk directly over old, cracked caulk won't provide a proper seal. Remove the old caulk and clean the area before applying new caulk.
Applying Too Much Pressure
Avoid applying excessive pressure on the caulk gun trigger, as this can lead to a messy and uneven application.
By avoiding these common caulking mistakes, you'll achieve a neater, more professional-looking result and ensure that your caulking job effectively seals gaps, joints, and seams.
Justice Homes is a home builder based in Edmond, OK. Take a look at our available homes or browse our blog page for more helpful homeowner tips.
By Justice Homes 8-30-2023