Summer House Owner Tip: Learn the caulk talk

HouseLogic is one of our favorite publications. They offer great tips for finding, buying, owning and then selling your home. Over the summer, we’re going to try to post easy, breezy tips for you to consider. Nothing too taxing – just ideas to take on or small tasks to do while you enjoy the sun or an open window. All of the tips are from HouseLogic.

Today’s tip – There are multiple kids of caulk – they are not interchangeable

As a dutiful homeowner, when you see failing caulk, you fix it. But the term “caulk” is as broad as the word “glue.”

There’s kitchen and bath caulk, concrete caulk, gutter caulk, mortar caulk — and that’s just the tip of the caulk-berg. And just like you’d never fix broken pottery with a glue stick, you don’t want to pick the wrong caulk either.

Markanich sees plenty of damage done when the wrong caulk is used. Such as using silicone caulk (totally great on non-porous surfaces like bathtubs) on concrete or brick or other porous surfaces. It won’t adhere, and moisture can seep in, compromising the bond and the structure.

Before heading to the store, check an online buying guide to find the right match for the project you’re doing. Odds are there’s a specific caulk just for it.

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