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Why a Proper Caulking Job Is So Important

Why a Proper Caulking Job Is So Important

You could choose beautiful paint, strong finishes, or the perfect primer, but without a proper caulking job, you’re putting your entire painting project at risk. Here’s why good caulking is so important, and what you can do to make sure it’s done right.

Why Quality Caulking is Important

Caulking Seals and Protects

The most important job caulk has is sealing. When applied properly in the gaps between surfaces, it seals that area. Some of the areas most vulnerable to improper caulking, or caulk damage due to wear and tear, include:

These areas and more, are vital to the long-term safety and beauty of your property, and it’s smart to invest in caulking to fully protect them. Sealing these small gaps, cracks, and uneven areas can prevent much bigger problems, including:

  • Moisture Damage: Moisture can get in through even the tiniest gaps and cracks, causing structural weakening and damage, and ruining the otherwise great quality of your paint finishes. Completely sealing painted surfaces with professional-grade caulking products and techniques greatly lowers the risk and impact of moisture intrusion on walls, doors, windows, and other vulnerable surfaces.
  • Drafts and Temperature Fluctuations: Just like moisture, cold, hot, or humid air can get in from the outside through unsealed cracks. Spaces otherwise kept comfortable by heating and air systems become uncomfortable when those rooms are improperly sealed, rendering those systems less effective and raising energy costs. Proper caulking keeps heating and air costs down for owners and tenants, and prevents undue strain on those expensive systems.
  • Pests: Pests are unsightly, and negatively impact the clean home or HOA property you’re striving to maintain. Since pests carry germs, they also pose health and safety risks. Furthermore, pests can degrade the structural strength and appearance of your space, especially if they are hiding between interior and exterior walls, where the damage they do can’t be seen until it becomes a big problem. Caulking effectively greatly reduces pest intrusion and keeps your space cleaner, safer, and more inviting.

Caulking Improves Aesthetics

Caulking’s secondary benefit is still important. Leaving seams unfilled means your property looks incomplete. Caulking provides a finished look to interior and exterior spaces by allowing for a smooth transition between surfaces instead of leaving an unfinished, unsealed gap.

Caulking gives a cleaner, like-new effect to painted surfaces, upping your chances of making a great first impression on new tenants or visitors. It plays a key supporting role in the visual impact of a finished painting project.

How to Get Caulking Done Right

It’s clear caulking is important, and whether caulk is damaged, or you’re planning a painting update, you need to make sure caulking gets done. But how do you know you’re getting the job done right? Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Different jobs require different caulk. Be sure your caulking job is done with the best-fitting caulk for your project (interior vs. exterior, for example)
  • Caulking should be done with high-quality tools. Cutting corners on caulking tools and products means it’s more likely that the caulk won’t get into the necessary areas fully, leaving an incomplete seal or an uneven finish
  • Caulk in appropriate temperatures. If your project requires exterior caulking, your team should avoid extreme temperatures or direct sunlight. Extreme cold or heat, or direct sunlight exposure, make caulk less effective and more prone to premature damage.
  • Applying too small a bead of caulk in a gap means it won’t seal properly. But put in too much, and you risk uneven caulk, or incomplete drying, both of which will create headaches at later phases of your painting project.
  • Caulking must be smoothed after the beads are inserted, so that the caulk dries flat and fully seals gaps.
  • Allow drying time. If caulk is incompletely dried when painted over, shrinkage and cracking will occur. This compromises both paint and caulk finishes, leading to another round of caulk repair, reapplication, and repainting that you didn’t plan or budget for.

Professional Caulking and Painting Services

Like painting your home or property yourself, DIY caulking has its risks. And you may not realize you’ve made a caulking mistake until it’s too late, since there are many subtleties to properly executing interior and exterior caulking that depend on the surface, the environmental conditions, and the materials being used.

To set yourself up for success and avoid costly repaints and time-consuming do-overs, we recommend hiring professional painters if you see damaged caulk.

Trico Painting offers caulking as part of both interior painting and exterior painting services for homeowners and HOA properties. We use only the best professional-grade caulking tools and products. We have a wide range of caulks to match any interior or exterior surface we paint for you.

We know you care about your property and want to protect it from pests, temperature fluctuations, and the elements. So we’ll carefully find and remove weak and damaged caulk, prep surfaces to receive new caulk, before applying caulk and letting it dry completely.

We are committed to a seamless finish that will stand the test of time. And we know proper caulking is a necessary step toward that goal. Planning a home or HOA painting project? You can trust the pros at Trico Painting to get it done. Contact us for your painting project estimate today.