When I first bought my home, I thought all caulks were the same. Over the years I’ve learned that there are different types of caulks to choose from, each with their own specific uses. The most common types of caulk are:
– Silicone – This is a long lasting caulk best used for surfaces that will not be painted. Silicone does not hold paint that well.
– Latex – This type of caulk is perfect for smaller applications, when the crack to be filled is less than 1/4″ wide. Expect this caulk to last about 10 years, unless it is exposed to direct sunlight. It’s also easy to clean up and holds paint well.
– Acrylic – Similar to latex in that it can be cleaned up with water and is best used for smaller cracks. The biggest advantage is that it’s odorless.
– Asphalt Caulk – This oil based product is best used to patch asphalt driveways or around flashing on a roof. It’s dirty, messy and hard to work with since it sets quickly, but for the intended applications there is no better solution.
I’ve also found that it’s best to stay away from products like caulk cord as it’s just not that durable.
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