Silicone Caulking Basics
For caulking around bathroom and kitchen fixtures, nothing lasts longer or keeps out moisture better than silicone.
Synopsis: It’s not hard to make a mess with a tube of silicone caulk and a caulk gun — plenty of us do. This article, written by an experienced renovation contractor, explains how to apply this material so it goes where you want it to. Tips cover the simple tools used to shape a bead of caulk once it’s in place.
Sealing a bathroom fixture, kitchen fixture or ceramic tiles with silicone caulk is one of those small details that — done well — raises a job above an ordinary level. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the effect of a good tiling job — and sometimes even a superior one — spoiled by sloppy caulking.
Proper silicone caulking accomplishes two things. It prevents water from finding its way into the gaps where two surfaces meet, with enough flexibility to maintain the integrity of the seal even if the…