Caulking is vital, but often forgotten in household maintenance. Your home is a living and breathing structure, shifting, settling and moving through the years… Staying in touch with the seals around your windows and doors will help you stay ahead of moisture problems, mold growth, air leaks, outdoor pests, and will also be a significant factor in maintaining energy efficiency. With the change of seasons, you will find that heat, rain, and extreme cold will all cause minor shifts to your
walls and joints as the house materials themselves expand and contract with the changing conditions. The caulk will eventually begin to separate from the wall joints and re-caulking will be necessary. This is normal! Other home exterior areas that require caulking:
- Utility Areas– protecting cables, wiring etc. Exterior Trim – sealing decorative trim, angles, and corner boards
- Roof Elements – skylights, vent stacks, or chimneys that need proper seals
- New siding replacement – wooden trim and siding
- Foundation to Siding – all areas where your siding meets the foundation
There are many valuable areas inside the home that call for caulking. Plumbing fixtures require proper seals to protect from water damage including faucets, water pipes, drains, and bathtubs. Caulk is also applied between trim moldings and walls to fill the gaps to show a seamless connection between wall and trim. Think of caulking as a best kept secret to reducing related maintenance costs and ultimately boost your property value. Staying on top of the integrity of your seals inside and outside the home is a long-term investment. Make it an annual review. Grab a coffee, and check out the integrity of your seals, inside and outside the home. Stay ahead of problems and if you have any queries, invite us over for a complimentary assessment.