Different Types of Caulking

Different Types of Caulking

Man Caulking Window

Caulking is an often overlooked, but essential part of many bathroom remodeling projects. The purpose of caulking is to seal joints or seams. Caulking the connection between your shower walls and tub prevents leaks and reduces mildew buildup. Removing old caulk and re-caulking joints between tiles and your tub is an annual bathroom maintenance job. There are several different types of caulking, such as: silicone caulking, latex caulking, paintable caulk, grout caulk, adhesive caulk

Silicone Caulking

Silicone caulking is flexible at all temperatures, completely waterproof, and it bond well to almost everything. Further, silicone caulking doesn’t support mildew growth, so it is frequently used around sinks, tubs and shower stalls.

Plumber fixing toilet in a washroom with silicone cartridgeLatex Caulking

Water-based latex caulks have a few benefits. First, they are the easiest to use. Further, they are the least expensive and handle the widest range of applications. Latex caulks don’t contain volatile chemicals, which means you can smooth joints with a wet finger and clean up excess with soap and water.

Paintable Caulk

Just as the name states, this caulk can be painted over. This obviously provides a lot of design flexibility.

Grout Caulk

Grout caulk is well served in high moisture areas. is perfect for those wet, high moisture areas. Grout Caulk is especially ideal for showers, bathroom fixtures, counter top surfaces, tile/grout areas, and other areas that are subject to movement.

Adhesive Caulk

Adhesive caulk can bond to almost any surface. This includes wood, concrete, metal, ceramic, drywall, plaster, and tiles. You’d be best served using adhesive caulk for gluing loose molding or tiles, securing backsplashes, and setting sinks;

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