Should Caulk be used around vinyl windows


Latex Caulk

Use latex caulk to protect your vinyl floor from leaks in the bathtub.

The last thing you want to find one evening is a floor full of water that has leaked from your tub or toilet and ruined the vinyl floor.

Although there are several different types of caulking, you should use latex caulk when working indoors. Latex caulk is extremely durable, lasting for up to 20 years without difficulty. It can be used to seal small gaps around the tub and toilet when you install vinyl flooring and will keep water from leaking out onto the floor. Latex caulk is typically white, off-white or clear but can be painted any color once it has dried.

The Purpose of Caulk

Caulk is a finishing material that is a combination between a sealant and an adhesive. It fills and seals cracks and gaps that allow air or water to move through them and adheres to the two surfaces on either side of the crack, such as the tub or toilet and your vinyl floor. One of the best...

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Tiny gaps around window frames are common and easy to repair because numerous products are on the market to make this small home repair simple to complete. The leak may be around the vinyl frame of the window or between the window and the exterior walls or siding of the home. Leaks need to be repaired as soon as you notice them in order to save on energy bills and prevent water and moisture damage to the window frame, windowsill, and walls around the window.

Weather stripping

Weather stripping refers to a strip of plastic, rubber, felt or foam material that is installed around windows and doors to seal the gaps between the window or door and the window or doorsill. The weather stripping piece is typically available on a roll to allow you to cut the stripping to fit the lengths you need. The stripping is normally between 1.2 and 2.5 cm (1/2 inch and 1 inch) wide and is affixed with an adhesive backing for easy installation. Weather stripping is installed to the...

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To help prevent leaks, I was advised by a contractor that I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edges of my windows. Some research of my own reveals quite a bit of debate over this, a few saying that the caulking will wear out fast because of the expansion/contraction of the siding. Others say that, if the vinyl is installed properly, caulking is a superfluous measure of protection. I am wondering what SE has to say on the matter.

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Agreed with the research you found. Most vinyl siding, if installed correctly, will not require caulk at the sides of the windows and doors. Often there is actually a separate vinyl piece installed first at the side of the window that the ends of the siding tuck into. You are supposed to leave a gap at the end of the siding pieces to permit expansion and contraction. This same siding movement is the reason that the siding comes with slotted nail holes.

(from the web site)


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Don's point is well taken, and illustrates a major basic flaw of metal and plastic siding - the manufacturers have totally failed to come up with a meaningful end sealing method, like an encapsulating rubber gaspet strip that would fit inside the J-channel and around the end of the planks.

This article shows typical J channel -

and the lower right photo shows clearly how, without caulk or sealer of some type, the water can blow or sometimes just flow off the J channel under the siding. It would be nice if it flowed down the channel and out the bottom like the manufacturer diagrams show - but in the real world it commonly does not. Commonly it just flows off the flat side of the J channel or through the nailing slots onto the housewrap, then flows all the way down the wall under the siding till it (hopefully) drips out under the siding - a VERY poor design, to say the least, as it really makes the housewrap or felt the...

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The Top 10 Most Common Mistakes of Caulking

Weatherization is on American's minds due to the economic crisis and the growing popularity of being more "green." And it should be: As much as 65 percent of a home's total energy bill is used to heat and cool the home yet up to half of this conditioned air leaks out of the home.1 Air sealing is an easy DIY task that can save money and energy, and help the environment all at the same time. It could save a homeowner up to 14 percent on home heating and cooling costs equaling annual savings of up to $150.2

Below are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when caulking around your home.

Select the Right Caulk 100 Percent Silicone, Not Acrylic
Whether sealing to save energy or to protect from water leakage, the choice should be a 100 percent silicone caulk like one from the GE Silicone II* Caulk family of products. Because silicone is permanently waterproof, flexible, and shrink-/crack-proof, it provides sustained...
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The only time we install from outside is special circumstances like crazy multi piece interior trim that would risk damage if we tried to pry off, or if there are no inside stops at all but instead have jamb extensions with the casing nailed to them...and other circumstances, but i hate removing outside stops since it adds sooo much more time to the job as well as material, since:

1. you have to chisel the exterior stops off, and depending on existing jambs pray it's self contained and not a part of the jamb itself where you risk pulling out a LARGE section of jamb when it starts cracking and your pulling on the pieces.

2. You now have to rip 1x's to whatever x whatever then go back around and 90% of time use a ladder to put the outside stops back on

3. Depending on what you sell when you chisel outside stops your pretty much forced into capping the opening or painting, both of which suck LOL!!

4. The mess afterwards of cleaning up...

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