If there’s some caulking work to be done around your home, but you’re not experienced with a caulking gun, take some time to look over these simple steps required for any successful caulking project from mcgillbrothers.com.

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Choose the right caulk

The caulk you need to use depends entirely on where you’ll be using it, and what your goals are for the project. The most common use is to keep air and water out, but there are many types of caulk that can get the job done. 

Your best bet for a long-lasting seal is using 100% silicone caulk, which is waterproof, flexible, and shrinks and crackproof. The danger of other types of caulk, like acrylic, is that over time, they tend to shrink or crack, which makes your seal fail. 

If you’re planning to paint the caulk after sealing, be sure you purchase caulk specifically made for that. And, if you’re planning to use it in one specific area of the house, look for varieties like Window and Door caulk, or Kitchen and Bathroom.

Clean up first

Before you can start installing new caulk, you need to clean the surface. That means not only removing dirt, and any other particles present, but also completely removing any old caulk in place. 

A caulk removing tool or a wire brush will be vital here. You’ll then want to place masking tape on either side of the surface to ensure a straight edge, but be sure you remove it immediately after applying your caulk.