Caulking can be used for many different applications. Firstly, it is meant to seal and waterproof all types of seams. It can also be used to repair damaged surfaces. But there are many different types of caulk, so you want to be sure that you use the right product for your job. The types of surface you are caulking, and how you need the caulk to perform will influence what product will be best for your project. This article compares different caulks and how they are best used.
Clear Silicone Caulk
Clear caulk can be tricky. That is, many people think that they want invisible caulk lines, so they think clear products are the way to go. This would make sense, if clear caulk was truly invisible. But, it is not! In fact, clear caulk is not only visible, it will also become more visible over time as it gets dirty, collects dust, and stains. But clear caulk can look good on some surface. For instance, it looks great on glass, copper, and aluminum. So, clear caulk would be perfect for the seam where two panes of glass meet, or where the glass meets an aluminum shower frames. However, you should avoid clear caulk if you are applying it over two surfaces with solid colors.
Choosing the Right Color
In general, you want caulk to match the color of the surface it will be going over. Caulk is often used to seal two different surfaces, like where the molding meets drywall. Since these products are two different colors, which color should your caulk be. The first rule is to always use white caulk if your molding is white. That is, you don't want to try and match your caulk with the painted color of your drywall. If you are adding caulk over two different colors (but neither is white), another good rule is to make sure your caulk is never darker than the surface it is going over. If you are caulking light brown molding, you don't want a dark brown bead of caulk.
Choosing the Right Type of Caulk
In addition to the right color, you also want to choose the right type of caulk. Some products are waterproof, others are cheaper and lightweight. Waterproof caulks are generally stickier and harder to work with, so stick with the cheap products on surfaces that don't need waterproofing protection, like on a cabinet. But, use waterproof caulk outside or in your bathrooms.
To learn more, contact a caulking contractor from a company like Brick & Mortar Restoration.