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Choosing the Right Caulk for the JobBy: Danny Lipford
There are many types of caulk available for your home, including 100% silicone, acrylic latex, and siliconized latex. Here are some tips on how to choose caulk for different caulking jobs around your home:
- Siliconized Latex Caulk: Unlike pure silicone, this caulking is paintable and last longer than plain latex caulk for exterior caulking around windows and doors.
Watch this video to find out more.
- Homeowner’s Guide to Caulking (article)
- How to Caulk and Seal Around Windows and Doors (video)
- How to Caulk Around a Tub (video)
- How to Caulk Cracks to Prevent Air Infiltration (video)
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Choosing the right caulk for the job at hand makes all the difference in the success of the project. For tubs and showers, a 100% silicone caulk is usually best because it doesn’t need to be painted and is less prone to support mold growth.
To seal trim for indoor painting, a latex painter’s caulk will usually do the trick. For outside applications, a siliconized latex caulk will last longer and can still be painted over.