Which Caulking Should You Use?

Variety of caulking products

Hardware stores carry a variety of caulking material: from silicone to acrylic products, there are many options available. How do you know which caulk is best for your project? Regardless of how the caulk is labeled, it is important to consider what it is made from, how it adheres to different surfaces, and the conditions of where you will be using it, to determine which one to buy. In a bathroom with a shower you would want to use a caulk that has UV and mildew protection, for example.

Silicone caulking

Silicone caulk will seal gaps but you will still be  able to see the original colour of the surface. It is mildew resistant, durable and flexible, but can’t be painted. As such, silicone caulk is best used on areas that already have a factory finish coating. Some best places to use silicone caulk are: sinks, around countertops and backsplash walls or finished stained woods.

Acrylic caulking

Acrylic caulking can be used on many different surfaces such as wood, masonry or tiles to name a few. It can be sanded and painted, but is best used in areas that will not get wet. It is very important to caulk joints to hide gaps and ensure that water can’t seep through and cause damage. Caulking joints also helps to keep the warm air inside and the cold outside.

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