Caulk is a soft, flexible, rubbery material that is applied along the edges and seams where two different surfaces meet. Its main purpose is to act as a sealant and prevent water leakage—a vital piece of protection against water damage.
In time, most caulk will mold, dry up, peel or crack, which if ignored 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.
There are different types of caulk:
- Latex is the easiest caulk to apply and it is paintable. It cleans up easily and can be removed with soap and water before it dries.
- Silicone is best suited for nonporous surfaces and gaps that expand and contract (including extreme outdoor temperatures), but it is not paintable.
- Siliconized acrylic latex 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 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.
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