There are tons of different types of caulks out on the market. Some for interior project and others for exterior. This video goes over the best uses for 100% silicone caulk. Learn the short list for your projects, both interior and exterior. Check out the video below:
Best Uses for 100% Silicone Caulk – Interior Applications
100% silicone caulk is used where you would find water. Where water can sit or hit. Some perfect examples where you would want to use this type of silicone caulk sealant is silicone caulking bathtub, silicone caulking shower, shower head and handles area, and behind fittings.
Sometimes there are space on the floor in the bathroom area where you’d want to use the silicone caulk too. And don’t forget about your kitchen area. You should use 100% silicone caulk where the backsplash meets the quartz or granite countertop. And also by your kitchen sink too. Basically, where there is water, use this type of caulk sealant to keep the water out.
Best Uses for 100% Silicone Caulk – Exterior Applications
Best uses for 100% caulk can also apply to exterior applications too. Let’s consider when you install a new door or install a new window(s). These are all exposed to the outside weather elements. Such as rain, snow, sleet, etc. Keep the water out by using this specific type of silicone caulk sealant. If not, you could experience wood rot because the water will get behind the wood area. But make sure to NOT paint over this silicone caulk. Paint will not stick to it and it will peel and look horrible. Always remember, you cannot paint over silicone caulk.
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So the big rule of thumb is that where you have water inside or outside your home, you’ll want to use 100% silicone caulk. Just don’t paint over it, and you should be all set. It will protect water from getting behind surfaces such as tubs, shower, plumbing fixtures, sinks, backsplashes, doors, and windows. If water gets behind these surfaces, you could experience wood rot, mold, mildew, and a whole host of issues. Make sure your contractor uses the right caulk and has it outlined in his contract/estimate with you on what product he is using.
Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on caulking any of these surfaces mentioned, give me a call. My team and I have been serving the Hinsdale, Oak Brook, LaGrange, Darien, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Bluff, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.