The purpose of caulking your home is to seal cracks and gaps that are no more than a quarter of an inch in width. Air leaks (drafts) can be closed by using a caulking compound. The process can be done around the windows and door frames. These are areas where you will find most of the drafts.
Caulking can keep water from seeping in and your home. The caulking compound can be applied on ceiling fixtures, water pipes, drains, faucets, bathtubs and other areas in relation to plumbing.
Before you start, make sure that you have found all of the air leaks in your home. You will also need to figure out how much ventilation you will need for the inside of your home.
You will need a caulking gun to start the process. A disposable cartridge with caulking compound goes in the half-barrel caulking fun. The best kind of caulking gun to have is one that has an automated release. However, there are some cartridges that are pressurized will not need a caulking gun. You can also purchase caulking compound that comes in squeeze tubes and aerosol cans.
There are different types of caulking compounds. They come in different strengths, properties and of course, prices. If you use caulking that is water based, you can just clean it up with water. However, if it is solvent-based, it has to be cleaned up with a solvent.
Weather-stripping is used to seal air leaks in your home. You will find many air leaks in windows and doors. You will have to measure the perimeters of the windows and doors that need to be weather-stripped.
Before you start the weather-stripping process, you must find all of the air leaks and see how much ventilation you will need in your home in order to have the best quality of air.
The weather-stripping that you use will be able to endure inclement weather, varied temperatures, and any wear and tear while it is installed. Whatever kind of weather-stripping that you get should remained sealed where it won’t peel off.