Interior Finish & Details - Caulking

Caulk is placed throughout your home to help deflect water from leaking behind finished surfaces.

Care and Maintenance Tips General Information

  • Latex caulking is appropriate for an area that requires painting, such as along the stair stringer or where wood trim meets the wall.
  • Caulking that contains silicone will not accept paint and works best where water is present, for example, where tub meets tile or a sink meets a countertop.
  • Time and weather will shrink and dry caulking so that it no longer provides a good seal. As part of your routine maintenance, check the caulking and make needed repairs. Caulking compounds and dispenser guns are available at hardware stores.

Home Exterior

  • Inspect caulking around exterior windows, doors, trim, j-channel, and vent pipes. Always remove existing caulk before applying new caulk.

Home Interior

  • Inspect caulking around interior windows, doors, trim and stairways. Always remove existing caulk before applying new caulk.
  • The area where the backsplash of your countertops meets the wall is caulked with siliconized acrylic or latex caulk since it adjoins a painted surface. Do not use 100% silicone in these locations since it cannot be painted.

Wet areas

  • Caulking in wet areas such as showers and tubs must be maintained by the homeowner regularly.
  • Water intrusion behind ceramic walls or under floors can damage your home. Corners of tile and where flooring abuts the tub should be checked periodically and resealed as needed.
  • Use 100% silicone caulk for these areas. The surface must be dry and meticulously clean for best results. Always remove existing caulk before applying new caulk.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.