If your windows are old, that means they’re sporting old caulk that’s likely not doing its job of keeping your windows properly sealed. Luckily, applying a fresh layer to your windows is an easy job and in this how-to, our window experts explain how to caulk windows:
What you’ll need to caulk windows:
- Putty Knife/Scraper
- Warm Water, Mild Soap
- Caulk Gun
- Flat Craft Stick
- Damp Rag
- First, you’ll want to remove all of the old caulk from around your windows.
- Use your putty knife or scraper to loosen and remove the old caulk.
- Then, wipe down the area with warm water and mild soap to make sure all of the old caulk is gone.
- Let the area dry, then load your tube of caulk into your caulk gun and snip the tip off of the caulk tube.
- Test the size of the bead and snip more off of the tube if you need a bigger bead.
- In one smooth, continuous motion, squeeze a bead of caulk along the cracks and gaps around your window.
- Then, use your craft stick to smooth the caulk down and then let dry.
- Continue caulking all of the cracks between the window trim and the siding to eliminate drafts and eliminate an entrance for insects.
- Once you’re finished, clean your caulk tube off with a damp rag to prevent it from getting clogged.
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