Caulk is probably one of the most versatile tools any homeowner can have. While it’s usually employed as a gap filler, it has a variety of other uses in some situations, even in some materials. In-home improvement, you can use caulk to seal gaps, such as in storm window installation, and improve energy efficiency.

At Woodbridge Home Exteriors, we can walk you through caulk’s uses, particularly in siding. Here are a few things you should know.

Types of Caulk

Caulk often comes in either latex (also called painter’s caulk) or silicone types. These days, however, you’d find several brands that use a combination of both to cover each one’s weaknesses. These are often called siliconized latex, which offers the ease of using latex with silicone’s durability.

In general, latex is easier to apply than silicone and can be cleaned easily as well. Latex is also best used for constant gaps, but silicone is much better for gaps that expand or contract.

In addition, there are also specialty caulks. These include adhesive caulks, which can attach two pieces of material together and exterior caulks, used for exterior trims on new or replacement windows.

Using Caulk on Siding

You would normally use caulk on your siding to prevent damage to your siding, such as from moisture. Water-prone areas of a typical siding installation include the corners, joints, and where they meet window and door trims. Still, a good rule of thumb is to mind where not to use, not where you should; improper application of caulk may damage your siding. Not to mention make it look hideous, too.

For all your siding needs, trust Woodbridge Home Exteriors. Call us today at (316) 683-2400 to learn more about what we can do for your siding. We serve KS areas, particularly Wichita, Topeka, and Salina.

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