Choosing the Right Caulk for the Job
By: 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)
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.