Most people do not know the difference between grout and caulk and some of them even think it is the same thing and use these terms interchangeably.
Caulk is a soft, flexible, rubbery material that is applied along the edges and seams where two different surfaces meet, and its main purpose is to act as a sealant and prevent water leakage.
Caulking can also be used to fill in gaps, cracks, and breaks in walls between windows, baseboards, wood, doors, sidings, and tiles.
The caulking around your tub, shower, sink, and backsplash is a vital piece of protection against water damage. In time, most caulk will mold, dry up, peel, or crack. If ignored, exposed caulk or grout joints can result in severe water damage and costly repairs. In extreme cases, a complete tear-out or replacement is needed. It is important to maintain the caulking around areas exposed to water. New caulking will even drastically improve the look of an existing tub, shower, sink, or backsplash. Be on the lookout for moldy or worn caulk.
There are different types of caulk. Find out which one is the right type for your hard surface needs below:
- Latex: This is the easiest kind to apply. Its advantages are that you can paint over it to match the surrounding area, it cleans up easily, and it can be removed with soap and water before it dries.
- Silicone: It is best suited for nonporous surfaces and gaps that expand and contract. It’s also used for outdoor applications because it withstands extreme temperatures. However, you can’t paint over silicone caulk.
- Siliconized acrylic latex: It is easier to apply than silicone caulk. It can be used both indoors and outdoors. This kind of caulk can be used with materials like wood, stone, and brick, and it is also used for weatherproofing windows and doors.
- Specialty: These types of caulk are made for particular uses: indoor or outdoor use, adhesive or not adhesive, suitable for wood, high traffic areas, etc. Remember to always check the product label to make sure you’re purchasing the right type of caulk.
Are your showers in need of an extreme makeover? Our grout and caulking services will give your bathroom a brand-new look. Sir Grout has the best hard surface restoration specialists available. Don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 215-608-6025.