Cool Caulk Ideas | How To’s | Why’s

Is that mold and mildew in your bathroom under the caulk or on top of it?

Mold is a four-letter word. (And mildew wants to be one.) It never seems to go away. Even if you re-caulk your bathtub or shower, it seems to come back over and over again. Argh! But WHY does it come back over and over again? Answer: Sometimes, the mold and mildew in your bathroom is growing under the caulk. This means new caulk won’t fix it. (Say what?!?!) Yep. Even if you replace the caulk, the mildew is still there, so it just comes back and you end up where you started. So,... Read More

Why does caulk shrink and how can I avoid it?

  You just applied the perfect caulking bead. It was even with the surface. You even outlined the joint with painter’s tape to make sure it looked clean when done. Now, a couple days later, the caulk bead has gone concave. It’s the incredible shrinking caulk! What happened? Have no fear: shrinking caulk is actually a good thing. Shrinking Caulk = Better Performance Fact is, shrinking caulk is a sign of good elasticity. In order to achieve that elasticity, fewer fillers are used. Those fillers are great for creating a nice,... 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

Siding Butt Joints – To Caulk or Not to Caulk?

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Cracked Caulk At Butt Joints Is No Joke It happens year after year: cracked caulking in the butt joints of your siding. But what can you do about it? Here are some great caulking tips.                         Why It Happens Butt joints are a perfect example of poor joint design. They’re too small to accommodate a bond breaker (backer rod), so the caulk can’t stretch properly once applied. But they’re also too large to simply leave alone.  A lot of moisture... Read More

DIY Home Improvement: Exterior Caulking and Stain Maintenance Checks for Your Home

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Routine maintenance is a must for every homeowner. Knowing what to look for when undergoing a DIY home improvement project is half of the work. Download the handy checklist below to help you determine your caulking and exterior stain maintenance needs. Tools You’ll Need: Blue Painters Tape: Use this to mark areas needing maintenance during the inspection, then easily relocate them when it’s time to perform the maintenance. Binoculars: Save yourself a trip up the ladder and use binoculars to do a quick inspection of your roof and other items high up.... Read More

Home Repair Projects: Concrete Crack Repair in 5 Easy Steps

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Looking for any home repair projects to do this weekend? Try repairing a crack in your concrete driveway, patio or sidewalk. It’s not rocket science; follow the 5 steps below to get it done right the first time. 1. Surface Preparation Remove any previously applied caulk or foams, as well as oils, dirt and other contaminants. These all can interfere with the adhesion of Slab or the other caulking you are using. Thoroughly clean the crack with either a stiff bristle brush or a drill mounted brush. Sweep or blow... Read More

DIY Home Improvement: Efflorescence and How-To Remove It

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Here’s a great DIY home improvement idea: use Sashco’s product Through the ROOF! to remove and prevent efflorescence. Don’t know what efflorescence is? Read on! What is efflorescence? Efflorescence is salt that leeches out of masonry and is deposited on the surface. It mostly happens on brick and concrete, but can also occur on stone.  How do efflorescence deposits get there? It acts much like tannin staining. Moisture gets into the masonry, then evaporates. As it evaporates, it carries those salts to the surface and leaves them there. It usually looks like... Read More

DIY Home Improvement: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Weatherization Making Your Home More Energy Efficient An energy efficient home is better for both the planet and the pocketbook. Even small steps can save money and increase comfort. Read these DIY home improvement tips for maximum economical and ecological efficiency! Sealing your home with caulk is one of the most simple and effective methods of weatherization. Caulking is a preventative measure that can be done by most homeowners. And it can save on costs that are typically incurred with other approaches to energy efficiency. Choosing A Quality Caulk One... Read More

Caulking Tips: Keys to Success

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Why use caulk? What is its purpose? Sashco’s got some caulking tips for you! Caulk is made to seal out water, air, dust, pollution, insects and noise. Caulk can also simply dress up or give a finished look an otherwise rough-appearing joint. Most normal latex caulks will crack and fail over time. They are unable to hold their seal. Higher quality products, referred to as sealants, will hold their seal over many years. They are able to withstand the normal movement that occurs with weather changes, soil shifting, wind, etc.... Read More