The idea of going green is now resonating with more people than ever. It certainly makes great sense to take steps that would serve the environment and help you save money at the same time. The use of green products has certainly made homes much more energy efficient, but sometimes, simple moves can pay big dividends as well. The same holds true for the idea of window caulking.
Caulking your windows and doors is a great thing to do because it prevents any air leaks, making your property energy efficient. You do not need any serious skills to start caulking your windows, but it is better to call in a professional because their knowledge allows them to yield the best results for you. In case you are going to do it yourself, be sure to keep the following things in mind.
- Always opt for the right caulk. It does not matter whether you want to seal for energy efficiency or you want to prevent water leakage, you should ensure you are using the finest quality caulk. You should be going for a 100% silicone caulk. You will also find acrylic caulk but you need to avoid it at all cost. The best thing about a silicone caulk is that it is permanently waterproof – it is also quite flexible as well as crack-/shrink-proof. Acrylic caulk, on the other hand, can crack and shrink over time. When it shrinks, there will gaps left for water and air. Allowing water to seep through would eventually cause water damage and increase the possibility of developing issues such as mold and mildew. Fixing these issues later would cost you much more than using silicone caulk in the first place. So, do not try to cut corner here or you will have to regret your decision.
- Do not miss any leak in your home. Many people pay attention to window caulking only and often overlook the importance of sealing other leaks in their property. You should not make this mistake, especially if your focus is on making your home as energy-efficient as possible. Along with sealing leaks around doors, windows, and plumbing, you should caulk the leaks in basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Leaving leaks in these areas can pose serious issues later.
- Do not use the new caulk unless you have removed the old one first. Caulking over the old caulk would affect its performance. All you have to do is get a razor blade and use it to get rid of the old caulk. It certainly takes an effort, but removing the old caulk would also eliminate mildew and mold, if any. You can also use a household cleaner along with rubbing alcohol to clean the surface. Applying caulk over a cleaner surface is going to offer better results.
The fact of the matter is that if you are not sure how to handle the task of applying caulk to your windows, it is in your best interest to let a professional take control of everything.