First of all let’s explain a bit about what caulking is and often refers to:
Caulk can refer either to the caulking Substance or to the process of applying it. Caulking as a term has spread to the building trade, meaning the activity of closing up joints and gaps in buildings. The function of caulking is to provide thermal insulation, control water penetration and noise mitigation.
I’m certain that at some point you have looked at areas around your home inside and out and thought about the benefits of applying the correct type of caulking to enhance the appearance or finish it to a higher level. Advances in caulking over the past few years have resulted in some wonderful products that are much easier to use than those from my parents generation so don’t be shy.
Once you have decided on areas of your home that require this process, be sure to visit your local hardware store and take a few moments to discuss your needs with one of the clerks to ensure that your product is matching up to the task at hand. As an example, if we were to be looking at exterior windows with gaps between where the window meets the outside finish of the home you may wish to consider a composite waterproofing system comprised of tough curing liquid polyurethane. Although it is a “tougher” clean up method, the results are unprecedented and some will last up to 30 years in the right conditions. If you don’t already have one you will need a caulking gun and they are available close by to where they sell the caulking at the hardware stores. They range in price from about $7 up to about $40. The biggest difference you’ll find will be the control of how the caulking is pushed from the tube and it will take a bit of time when you first start off to control the flow in an ideal manner. If you are using an acrylic based caulking, one advantage is clean up as all you really need is a damp sponge. Once you have applied the product in the desired area wiping it with a damp sponge will help push it into the areas of concern and give it a very professional look. You can rinse and wring out the sponge as work moves along too.
Trust me on this one, it is a bit easier to do than you think and the products are easier to use than they used to and are less harsh and fragrant. This would make for a good project as most homes could use a few touch ups but, once you get the hang of it you may find yourself off to get more caulking for more touch ups.