Caulking Around Windows and Doors: A Guide to the Hows and Whys

Window Replacement in WinnipegSo what is caulking, why do we need to do it and how? It’s a subject we get quizzed about a lot about in Winnipeg.

So read on, and we’ll take you through the why, when, where, how and which of caulking.

Caulking Around Windows and Doors

Caulking is one of those things that needs to be done right, otherwise you waste a lot of time and money. And that’s what this guide is hoping to help you avoid.

  • Why Apply Caulk at all?

Caulking your windows and doors is one of the easiest and cost effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, in preparation for winter. The gaps between windows, doors and the walls of your home are the most vulnerable to leaking air and moisture. This is where caulking comes in—it seals the gaps, making them airtight.

  • When to Apply Caulk

As caulk typically adheres in temperatures of 4 to 27 degrees Celsius, it’s best to apply before the Winnipeg winter strikes, preferably in Fall. Any later, and you risk the caulk not curing properly. So apply caulk during dry weather, with the temperature in the above range. Low humidity is essential to avoid cracks from swelling due to moisture.

  • Where to Apply Caulk?

On windows, we caulk in two places—where the trim on the inside of the window meets the pane, and behind the window trim where it attaches to the interior and exterior walls. With doors, caulk the gap between the doorframe and the drywall.  We would not recommend you caulking a gap that exceeds half an inch wide at its midpoint.

  • Which Caulk?

Caulking compounds come with different strengths, prices and properties. The two most typically used for homes are Silicone and Latex. Silicone caulks are durable and more expensive, have excellent adhesive properties, little shrinkage and allow for expansion and contraction as temperatures change. It’s limitations—Silicone doesn’t adhere well to wood, cannot be painted over and isn’t as easy as Latex to apply and remove. Whereas Latex is cheaper, can be painted over and is easier to apply and remove, it’s also liable to between 5% and 10% shrinkage, and is less durable.

  • How to Apply Caulk

First, remove old caulk using a razor blade. This rids the area of any old mold or mildew. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth or wire brush. It’s essential that the area is clean, dry and free of dirt, dust, soap and grease. Next cut the hole in your caulking tube—it should be roughly the same size as the joints. Then apply the caulk with a steady hand, a little bit of “tooling” (smoothing with your finger) to make an even line that fully seals your window or door. Make sure it has time to set (up to 24 hours depending on the caulk used) before being exposed to the elements.

So that’s our short guide to caulking around windows and doors. We hope it’s given you an idea of what’s involved in caulking, and why it’s important.

At Weather Pro, we’ve been fitting Winnipeg homes with windows and doors for years now and have a wealth of expertise in the field.

If you have any questions or would like a free in-home consultation then call our Winnipeg office today at 204-583-6163. We’d love to hear from you!

The Weather: An Important Factor When Buying Windows and Doors

windows and doors WinnipegWindows and doors are designed to do two things: allow people and light in and keep unwanted intruders and weather out. Therefore, when selecting new windows and doors for your home it’s imperative that you look beyond pure aesthetics and consider how your choices will serve you in regard to dealing with the weather. In this post we’ll look at some of the most important weather-related factors to consider when purchasing new windows and doors in Winnipeg.

New Windows and Doors in Winnipeg Keep the Outdoors, Outdoors

The weather will play a large role in determining the right windows and doors for your home. Below are just some of the ways the weather will, or at least should, impact your door and window choices.

  • Humidity – While humidity can be an important consideration in the selection of appropriate windows and doors in some area’s it’s not such a big deal in Winnipeg, where the climate is fairly dry year round. Because of this vinyl, aluminum and even wood will be acceptable materials for your windows and doors; which is good news for those who value choice.
  • Temperature – While humidity is pretty much a non-factor in Winnipeg temperature takes the stage front and center. It gets cold on the Alberta prairie; really cold. And it stays cold for months at a time. For this reason you may want to tilt your material preference toward vinyl replacement windows since vinyl, unlike aluminum, has little ability to conduct heat or cold.
  • Sunlight – The Alberta climate is one where sunshine often wins the day. So while it’s dry and cold outside it will often be sunny at the same time. If you have many windows in your home that face the sun at some point during the day you may want to select windows with UV filters in order to protect your rugs, furniture and artwork.
  • Wind – The wind can work up quite a head of steam as it comes barreling down across the plains of Alberta. You need to make sure your new windows and doors are capable of standing up to the onslaught. Casement windows have proven time and again to be a particularly good choice for windy climates like Winnipeg.
  • Proper installation – You can buy the best windows on the market but if they’re poorly installed it won’t matter. Whether or not your windows and doors win the battle of the elements is largely dependent on the quality of their installation. If windows aren’t properly mounted you’ll get drafts inside the house on windy days and lose heat on the coldest nights.

Weatherpro Windows and Doors Winnipeg are the area’s most experienced window installation company with scores of satisfied customers and a reputation for solid, dependable workmanship. We have the right windows and doors to protect your home from Winnipeg’s arctic extremes and you’ll never have to worry about whether the installation will fail you when the weather is at its worst. It won’t. We’ll do the job right the first time.