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Choosing the Right Caulk

Choosing the Right Caulk

When it comes to choosing caulk for your next home project, you certainly have a lot of options. However, not all caulk types are appropriate for each and every job, so it’s vital to choose the correct type to ensure that the job doesn’t soon need to be repeated. A good caulk should both seal and protect the area in which it’s placed, and if applied correctly, can last for many years.

When choosing the correct type of caulk for your project, there are generally four questions to ask yourself:

-Will the caulk be applied to an interior or exterior location? Caulks are generally designed for either outdoor or indoor application, and indoor caulks will not be effective in outdoor locations while outdoor caulks will likely be overkill in indoor locations.

-What temperature is the environment where the caulk will be applied? Not all caulks are designed to withstand excessive heat or cold, so if you are sealing pipes, windows or doors, you’ll want a caulk that won’t break or crack when exposed to frequent temperature changes.

-Will the caulk be exposed to frequent moisture? Certain types of caulk are specially designed for areas that experience high levels of moisture, such as those that are built for your kitchen and bathrooms, and are best able to withstand the growth of mold or mildew.

-What is my level of caulk application expertise? Keep in mind that not all caulks are easy to apply, just as not all caulks are easy to remove, so make sure you know what you’re doing before working with a tougher caulk.

 After you have considered the above questions and have a better idea of what you are looking for, be aware that there are generally four types of caulk:

  • Silicone – this type of caulk is best for interior areas that are nonporous and are exposed to moisture, and is most ideal around showers, tubs, and sinks.
  • Acrylic – this is another type of caulk that is ideal for wet areas, and which typically has mildew and mold-resistant ingredients as an added benefit.
  • Latex – this type of caulk is ideal in exterior locations because it is the best at resisting expanding, contracting, and cracking as temperature and moisture levels fluctuate.
  • Urethane – this is a great overall type of caulk that is best in areas that are going to be painted.

For the largest selection of caulking supplies that you’ll find anywhere in the state of Florida, pay us a visit at Shell Lumber & Hardware. No matter what your project requires, we are here to help, so call us anytime at (305) 856-6401 or come see us at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue in Miami.


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