When your home is energy efficient, you can save on energy bills and ensure consistency of the indoor temperature. Windows that are caulked in a proper way can manage to seal leakage of air and prevent moisture.
It is wise to get knowledge on how you can caulk the windows. It has to be a part of a complete plan to make your home weatherproof against all the elements. Here is a step by step guide on how to caulk your home windows.
Start at a practical point. Pick a window that can be accessed safely from the ground floor. Next, you have to move up to the upper levels. You might need to climb a ladder.
Get rid of any caulk from the spots around the window frames. It will be easier for you to create the best seal possible, by putting two clean surfaces where the new caulk can attach itself.
Once you remove the biggest pieces, you can get rid of any leftover scraps of the material with the help of a putty knife.
Make the window surface ready. Before you apply caulk, you should repair any damage or rotting of wood around the window. Remove any old paint, debris or dirt that can create obstacles in adhesion. Have the entire area washed. Prior to applying caulk, wash the spot.
Arm your caulk gun. Pull back the notched rod after you have placed the tube within the caulk gun. Put the tube tip in the yoke. Turn the rod in order to ensure the engagement of the notching magazine.
Squeeze the handle sufficiently, so as to securely move the plunger cup against the tube’s end, within the cylinder.
Cut the tube tip at an angle of 45 degrees, around 0.6 cm (1/4th inch) back from the tube’s tip. Break the seal within the tip with the help of a slender nail.
Firmly press the tube tip against a window corner. Then apply caulk to the adjacent corner in a constant bead, which has to be sufficiently thick to have the gap filled up. Stop the caulk flow by pressing the release mechanism. Go on doing this around for all four sides.
Use some item to smooth the sealant over and get rid of the excess amount of caulk. This method is known as “tooling.” A few cleaners use a rag or a popsicle stick on the finger.
Some people also recommend using an exposed finger. However, doing that might not be recommendable for some types of caulk.
Let the caulk dry for a minimum of 24 hours. Although a skin is likely to arise before it gets hardened completely, the caulk might be unstable still and needs to be left untouched.
Your project can be successful as long as the caulk gets the opportunity to get dried in place.