Which Sashco Caulk is Best with Flashing Tape?

  Keep the weather where it belongs: outside! That’s the job of both Sashco’s caulks and sealants and flashing tape (also called self-adhered flashing).Both are designed to work in concert with various building materials to create an air- and water-tight barrier that keeps moisture out and peace of mind intact. Where and how is flashing tape used? Flashing tape is installed to both the rough opening of a window or door, as well as after a window or door has been hung in place and secured with fasteners. This is done... Read More

How Water-Based Caulk Dries

Rain and humidity and my caulk won’t dry – oh my! The United States experienced the wettest May on record, ever. All of that rain was great for flowers, trees, and weeds. For some, it created another problem: caulking that took a lot longer than normal to dry. Why? How do water-based caulking and sealants dry (aka cure)? The short answer is: by evaporation. (Here is a quick trip back to elementary science for a great explanation.) The combination of wet weather and the accompanying cooler temperatures creates an abundance... Read More

Banish That Crack: Slab® Fixes Ugly Concrete Cracks

Step outside and you’re likely to see a concrete crack in less than two seconds flat. They’re in driveways, sidewalks, patios, garages, as well as basements, and it’s these unsightly cracks that allow weeds and insects to flourish. Enough is enough! Take back driveways and sidewalks everywhere with Slab®: The Serious Fix For Concrete Cracks. “We’ve had our fill of ugly concrete cracks,” says Sashco President Les Burch. “There is hardly a driveway or sidewalk without them. It’s time to fight back, America! Slab® helps everyone easily fill those cracks... Read More

Choosing the Right Product: Sashco’s Slab vs. Mor-Flexx

It can be confusing to choose the right caulking product when they have a lot in common. Say you have a concrete crack in your sidewalk, and a crack in your stucco near a window. Sashco makes two great products, both made for these textured surfaces. So which one should you use? The answer is both. Yes, Sashco’s Slab® and Mor-Flexx® have some similarities: They’re both for textured surfaces. They’re both easy to apply. They’re both easy to clean up with water. They’re both safe through 10 freeze-thaw cycles when... Read More

How to Apply Log Home Stain Samples

Your dream log home isn’t that far off. Proper application of log stain samples is the only way to make sure you get the color you want the first time.   Shopping from a log stain color chart is a bit like shopping from a catalog. What if it doesn’t look like the picture? Can I return it if I don’t like it? Different Types of Wood With log home stains, the same stain can look vastly different on various species and ages of wood. Most likely, the color chart... Read More

The Many and Unique Uses of Lexel®

Sashco products have been used for many things over the years, but none as storied as Lexel® uses. A friend of Sashco asked this question: “An Irishman walked out of the bar? Well, it could have happened. The real question: Will any Sashco product seal the crack in my stein?” Indeed, many Sashco products are great for random stein cracks, amoungst other things. In particular, Lexel® has been used in a variety of interesting applications. Its superior adhesion to a ridiculously wide array of materials, as well as its unmatched clarity, makes Lexel® perfect for both normal,... Read More

The (Messy) History of Chinking

On last week’s episode of Cabin Fever, Grizzly Bob gave us a brief history of chinking while showing Sashco’s Log Jam® being applied to Crazy Mountain Brewing Company’s offices in Edwards, CO.   It got us thinking of other chinking recipes we’ve come across: Two parts Portland cement, one part oakum, one part random grass found on the ground = chinking. One part muddy clay, one part goat hair, one part spit = chinking Fruit of the Loom found around the house (hopefully unused) = chinking (Check out that picture!) The... Read More

Sashco Products Used on National Geographic’s “Cabin Fever”

We’ve been saying it for years…”Logs Ain’t Wood.” Now, more people than ever are going to hear it. (Did we mention that we’re going to be on TV?!) Today, February 24th, at 10pm EST, National Geographic Channel’s new series “Cabin Fever” is set to premier. They’ll be following Heim Log Homes as they build eight incredible log cabins across the United States, and one thing is perfectly clear: logs ain’t wood. It’s why Grizzly Bob of R.G. Kenel Builders and Nat Geo called on Sashco to provide the best in log home finishing products... Read More

Black Spots on Your Home: Is It Really Mildew?

Mildew vs Algae   What is that black stuff growing on my house? Mildew, right? Well…maybe not. For the past few decades, homeowners, contractors, and paint and stain manufacturers have automatically labeled black spots on paints and stains as “mildew,” but recent studies have shown that as much as 50% of these black growths are actually algae. (Yep, that same stuff that grows on rocks. Yuck.) Many folks will ask specifically about stains that resist mildew, and rightfully so – mildew resistance is important! But did you know that the fungicides added... Read More

Splits and Tears in Your Caulk? Oh My! – Adhesive Failure

Winter is winding down, and you might be noticing some tears in the caulking around your windows, doors, siding and more. What causes these tears, and what can be done to fix them? There are three types of caulking failures. We’ll discuss their causes and, (most importantly), the solutions, so you can get on your way with permanent fixes. After all, who cares to caulk over and over again? Not you.     Caulk can fail in 3 different ways: Cohesive failure – when the caulk bead splits down the center. Read about causes... Read More