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How to Weatherize Your Home With Silicone Caulk

Home Improvement Expert Gary Dymski explains how to weatherize your home with silicone caulk.

Weatherize With Caulk

Caulk. Who knew something so small could make such a huge difference in lowering energy bills? While using caulk for home improvement projects, you can have peace of mind knowing you're also sealing in great savings. From time to time, you may find yourself sealing gaps around windows and doors. When that happens, five simple steps can get you started and save money at the same time.

    1. Choose the Right Caulk

    If you want your savings to last, use 100% silicone caulk.

    2. Find the Leaks

    When it comes to window and door caulk, find out where the leaks are located and tackle those areas. Don’t forget to check your attic and basement as well.

    3. Clean the Surface

    Clean the surface by getting rid of old caulk, dirt and particles.

    4. Prep the Tube and Seal

    In order to prep the tube and seal, cut the nozzle to the desired bead size, pierce the inner seal with a stiff wire, then insert the cartridge into the caulking gun. Hold the caulking gun at a 45-degree angle. Use your finger or a caulk smoothing tool.

    5. Clean Up

    Finally, use mineral spirits to clean up any mess around the area.

    That's it. You're done!