aaron • June 13, 2016 • Comments Off on Choosing The Right Color Caulk
Getting done with a home repair or renovation project can be so exciting. The pride of accomplishment, that joy at being able to say you did it yourself, and the newly renovated space all add to the excitement. So, the last thing you have left to do is put that bead of caulk around the edge, and you will be finished. Suddenly, you realize that the caulk does match the tile grout, and if you put it around the edge, your entire project will look ridiculous. What is a homeowner to do? Try one of the suggestions below to help you choose the right color caulk so you can tastefully finish off the job at hand.
When it comes to colored caulk, the options are very limited. Most manufacturers only offer caulk in two colors – white and clear. Occasionally, you can find gray or beige caulk at a home improvement store, hardware store or paint specialty store. If you are set on the search for caulk that is an accurate color, the best way to see if it even exists is to do a web search with the color and the word caulk. You may happen upon a specialty manufacturer who can provide you with custom caulk for a significantly higher price, but in the color that you have your heart set on. If purchasing custom caulk online, be sure that you buy enough at one time; you may have trouble matching the color if you run short.
White caulk can be a great option for those areas that have white in or next to them. For example, if the bathtub is white, it is not a bad choice to put white caulk along the seam between the floor tiles and the bottom edge of the tub. While it may not match the color of the grout in the tiling, it will blend in perfectly with the bathtub. Since the color matches at least one surface, there will be the appearance of continuity from one area to the next.
If white is not an option because it will not match either adjacent surface and you do not want to spend a lot of money on custom caulk colors, there is only one option left: Clear caulk. It can blend in just as smoothly as white caulk, but it allows the edges to remain seen. If there are gaps between the two spaces or if the transition between areas is not professionally finished, you may want to choose a clear caulk that can be painted. This is an excellent solution for seams between chair rails or molding and walls. You can easily paint over the transition area while hiding the rough or semi-rough seam.
When you choose the right color caulk to complete a job, you ensure that the entire project is finished properly and looks professionally done. While you think no one will notice, caulking is usually one of the first things people see when they look at the details in the room.
How to Properly Caulk a Shower.
Is the caulk that surrounds you shower or bath tub turning a shade of yellow? If it is then the caulk may be ready to crack. Neither of these signs would be a good thing. Water might be seeping through the foundation, and that could cause a lot of damage over time. Anyone wishing to avoid such a problem should look into replacing the problematic caulk.
To anyone that is concerned about this being difficult, there is nothing to be concerned about. Provided there are no serious home improvement processes that need to be performed; you will probably get things done without much of a hazard. This is the way everything works:
The first steps entail pulling, scraping, or cutting away the needless caulk that has to be replaced. Do no make the mistake of just adding more caulk on top of the old caulk. It won’t last a week because it falls apart. You should remove all the old caulk and put new caulk in its place.
Before replacing it, you must clean the floor in a thorough manner. This means you will need to mop it and potentially get down on your hands and knees to scrub away all the dirt. This is a very necessary step because you do not want the soil to act as a buffer between the caulk and any open section. Dirt undermines the caulk’s ability to bind, and that means you will be dealing with leaks which are what you intend to avoid in the first place.
As soon as an area is totally and adequately cleaned, you can do what you need to do to wipe it dry. Never add any caulk to a wet surface since this creates issue present in the binding. Allow it to air dry for over a half hour and then add a little more caulk.
When you do add caulk to the mix, you need to do so effectively. Squeeze the caulk out carefully. You could be using a caulking gun or a ready made tube. Either can be effective. Just make sure that the caulk comes out evenly and smoothly. Don’t miss any spots.
Once the caulk has been poured on the surface, lightly press in down with a plastic caulking knife. Be sure there are no missed areas. You may wish to let the caulk dry for a half hour and then return to continue with the pressing. It will take the caulk about eight full hours to completely dry. Pressing down on the caulk before it being completely dry will aid in eliminating missed spots or creating holes.
Try to avoid entering the bathroom until the caulk is completely dry. This will prevent any accidents from potentially occurring which is a good thing. You would not want to completely redo the caulking due to an accident.