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How To Caulk Windows And Where To Caulk Windows

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The Handyguys discuss the the energy saving task of caulking windows.

Announcements

Before we discuss caulking windows we would like to remind our listeners and viewers of our recent video production on replacing a flush valve.  In addition, we will be re-doing our “Fixing a Dishwasher” video in High Definition for additional clarity on the repair process. We hope to do a video showing some caulking techniques in the near future too.

Window Caulking

Handyguy Paul was asked by a friend “where do you caulk a window?”. That’s a pretty broad question. Is the window wood, vinyl or aluminum? Do You want to caulk it for aesthetics or because of drafts? We will assume drafts. Also, what is the siding material? new replacement windows in old frames? There are a lot of variables. We ramble on in the podcast discussing different places we caulk.

Vinyl windows and vinyl siding
With these types of windows there isn't much caulking to do if they are installed correctly. You can use some painters caulk on the inside where the window meets the casing or the drywall. If it was installed correctly there shouldn't be a draft coming from this area.

Click to see a full sized image. Image © Andersen Corporation

Vinyl windows, if installed correctly shouldn’t need to be caulked in too many places. Caulking on the interior is mainly for aesthetics. You will caulk where the drywall meets the frame or the casing meets the frame. You can use some painters caulk on the inside where the window meets the casing or the drywall. If it was installed correctly there shouldn’t be a draft coming from this area.

Wood windows with wood siding
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These windows require a lot more maintenance. All gaps should be re-caulked. If caulking after painting or if you have natural wood, you use a clear caulk. If caulking before painting you should use paintable caulk rated for exterior use.

Replacement windows
Click on the image to see it full size. Thanks to Champion Windows for providing this image.

Click to see a full sized image. Thanks to Champion Windows for providing this image.

Replacement windows are installed in existing wood frames. The windows come as a unit and should be caulked properly when installed. In situations with replacement windows, you have the area between the new window and the existing frame to keep caulk maintained as well as around any old trim.

Handyguy Tips

During a new segment to the show, the Handyguys each provide an important tip for the typical homeowner.

Brian provides some insight on a product from Dap called Seal ‘N Peel Removable Caulk which allows you to temporarily caulk a gap.  This makes sense for gaps between sashes and frames that allow cold air penetration during the winter.
Paul brings up an unrelated tip regarding the testing of a duplex electrical receptacle.  Check out the podcast for more information and be sure to test both sockets when you install or modify any receptacle.
Lastly, when shopping for a New home builder make sure they install quality windows before signing an agreement. Quality windows truly increase the value of a home.

Thanks

Thanks to Champion Windows for providing one of the pictures. Check them out at http://www.championwindow.com/ or follow them on twitter

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