At Energy Smart New Homes, we always build with the most energy efficient materials available so that you can live comfortably from day to day. Windows are huge contributing factors to how energy efficient your home is. Even if your windows themselves are energy efficient, their functionality can be hampered by old and failing caulk. As fall and winter make their way around the corner, it is a good idea to survey your windows and make sure they have sufficient caulking. If you find them lacking, replacing the caulking is an easy job that you can tackle on your own. Just make sure to avoid these window caulking mistakes when completing the project.
This may seem obvious, but it is easy to get carried away when caulking and accidentally seal something that should not be sealed. Before you get started, make sure that you know where the moving parts of your window are. This way, when you are all finished you will still be able to open your window when you need to.
Weep holes are there to allow any condensation buildup or excess moisture to be diverted out of your window frame. Not all windows are designed with weep holes, but you will know if yours have them with a quick look. If you have weep holes, make sure to avoid them when caulking.
For the most efficient seal, it is important to apply caulk to both the inside and outside of your windows. This will make sure your windows are protected all around.
If you are unfamiliar with caulking, all the products can look the same. But there are different formulas for different applications for a reason. The exterior window caulking needs to be weatherproof but for the interior portion you want to avoid harsh chemicals that can leach into your living space. And if you are servicing a window in your basement, many times these areas will have a concrete element so you will want to choose a product that will adhere best with that material. As a general guide, an interior, exterior, and masonry caulk should cover all your bases.
If you keep these few considerations in mind, you can have confidence that your new window caulking will perform the best it can.
By Energy Smart New Homes 9-17-2021