Grout Experts: How to Caulk Windows to Protect Your Home From the Cold?
When temperatures drop, you want to do all you can to keep your home warm. Caulking the windows will help. It will keep the warm air inside your home and the cold air out. It will reduce heating bills while keeping your interior nice and toasty.
If the caulk application is done correctly, it will be more effective. Here are some tips that will ensure your caulking holds up throughout the winter.
Choose the Right Caulk
There are several types of caulk available on the market and it’s essential to pick the right one. For example, bathroom caulk will not be as effective as exterior caulk when it comes to sealing your windows.
You may also prefer to get a clear, silicone caulk that won’t show up when you apply it. There are plenty of color options as well, but these typically won’t look attractive on window facings. Ultimately, the choice is yours.
You should also buy a caulk that will be easy to apply considering the temperature. Caulk should be malleable when applied, but if you are using it in cold weather, it can become stiff so it won’t go on as easily as it could.
Make sure the type you are buying will work well under cold conditions. This information should be available on the label.
Silicon caulk is a good choice for keeping cold air out of your home. It’s best to find a product that’s waterproof as well.
Prepare the Surface
The caulk will not adhere to the surface unless the surface is clean and dry. If you have ice around your windows, the caulk will not stick. The best way to get rid of it is to melt it with a hair dryer.
You will also need to get rid of peeling paint or old caulk before applying a new layer. These elements can be carefully removed with a putty knife.
After ice, old caulk and peeling paint have been removed, use a scrub brush and warm soapy water to get rid of any remaining dirt. Allow to dry completely before applying the caulk.
Apply the Caulk
Once the window is clean and dry, you can begin applying the caulk. Caulk usually comes in a squeeze tube or cartridge. Experts recommend using a caulk gun which will offer precision in getting the caulk where it needs to be.
The caulk should be applied between the window frame and the siding. Apply a continuous bead around the outside borders of the window. This will keep your home warm in the winter, and it will also reduce the risk of mold and wood rot problems. For extra insulation, consider adding weatherstripping as well.
Now that you know how to caulk your windows, you are ready to comfortably face a cold winter. What will you be doing to keep your home warm when the cold winds blow?
If you would like a free estimate on please contact us or call (847) 356-6928