5 Best Uses for Silicone Caulk

If you have previously undertaken projects in which silicone caulk was used, you may have found that it was also useful for another purpose. Being aware of all the different uses will ensure that caulk will never go to waste and that you will be able to undertake any necessary repairs.

1. Walls

Silicone caulk can be used to fill gaps in brick, cement or any other wall surface that has sustained damage to return it to a flat, even surface. In addition to cracks and gaps, holes that have been left after nails and screws are removed can also be filled with caulk. It is a stable material that will mold to the shape of the recess and will remain there without suffering from shrinking or cracking to protect against ingress of air and water. This makes it effective for internal and external walls. As well as being effective, it is cheap and readily available so is handy for a wide range of do it yourself projects.

2. Attic

In the event that you are fitting insulation in your attic to retain heat in your home, you will need to seal gaps to ensure it is effective. Examine the surface where you intend to fit the insulation to find any gaps that can be filled with silicone caulk. This will ensure that air will not get access through the gaps and will also prevent insects from finding their way through if you have suffered an infestation in your basement or crawl space.

3. Floor

Use silicone caulk to seal gaps in the floor to reduce the drafts that affect a room. If you are undertaking this process on exposed wood floorboards, it will be necessary to seek out a variety of the caulk to match the color of the wood as caulk does not take stain or paint. If you are filling gaps prior to covering the floor with carpet, this will not be necessary. In addition to the gaps between the floorboards, examine the joins where the wall meets the floor.                 

4. Water Seal

Silicone caulk is ideal for use in situations where water damage might otherwise be a problem. Applying caulk around bathtubs and sinks, be they in the bathroom or the kitchen can prevent water penetration. The rubber type consistency that results after the caulk has dried is effective at repelling water and creating a water tight seal. Shower cubicles will also benefit from caulk as will the finished edge of wall tiles to prevent water from affecting the grout.

5. Windows

After the installation of new windows, caulk can be applied to the border to seal up any gaps that remain around the edge. Although these may not be visible to the naked eye, there still may be fine spaces. Undertaking this process will prevent problems that arise from drafts and leaks. Caulk can also be beneficial even if new windows have not been installed. Old windows can be drafty if gaps develop around them and this can be solved with the use of caulk.