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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:

  • Silicone Caulk: Use 100% silicone caulk around tubs and showers, since it adheres well and resists mold.
  • Latex Caulk: This caulk works well in interior applications, such as caulking around trim before painting.
  • 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.

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Video Transcript

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.


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Choosing the Right Caulk for the Job