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Home Improvement / July 7, 2022
Caulking is a crucial step in preparing your exterior for painting. It gives surfaces a clean and smooth look. Because of caulk, there are no cracks and gaps in your siding. Moreover, it is also used to keep moisture out of your home and prevent water damage.
Caulk can only be applied to certain surfaces and materials. Here are areas you shouldn’t caulk.
What you see on the underside of your roof’s overhang is the soffit. It comes in various materials including wood, aluminum and vinyl. Vented soffits can help keep your attic in moderate temperatures.
When gutters fail to divert water from your home, it will end up in places where it’s not supposed to be. Sealing the bottom edges and joints of soffits and fascia creates an area where water can pool. Over time, this will lead to moisture-related problems like mold, mildew and rot.
High-quality storm windows can improve your home’s energy efficiency, appeal and comfort. Sealing storm windows might be the first thing that comes to mind when there are drafts. However, doing so will result in trapped moisture. It’s because sealing storm windows will prevent condensation from escaping.
Another part of your home you shouldn’t caulk is the bottom edge of the siding. Moisture that enters behind the exterior of the siding will need to have a way out. If it has nowhere to go, mold and mildew will eventually grow. In some materials, excess moisture can result in rot. It means that caulking imperfections on the bottom edge of your siding will only create more problems.
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