- Seal out drafts.
- Make trim paint look more professional.
- Reduce heating costs.
Caulking forms a flexible seal for cracks, gaps, or joints and stops leaks. This creates a more air-tight home and reduces heating costs.
Caulking is not difficult and can be done simply by homeowners. You’ll need a caulking gun and paintable caulking. Be sure to get good quality on both. A cheap caulking gun will not create a neat cut off causing messy dripping. Poor quality caulking can be lumpy or gritting and won’t smooth nicely. Be sure to read and follow the instructions on the compound cartridge. Wait at least a day or overnight before painting your freshly caulked window or door trim.
If you’re not sure where your home has leaks, a professional can do an energy assessment of your home. They’ll pinpoint exactly where your house is losing energy and determine areas in your home that need more insulation, usually by doing a Blower Door Test. The certified expert will assist you to:
- reduce energy consumption due to air leakage.
- avoid moisture condensation problems.
- avoid uncomfortable drafts caused by cold air leaking in from the outdoors.
- make sure that your home’s air quality is not contaminated by indoor air pollution.
Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, fall is the time to get your home airtight!