Tags: DIY

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

Family-owned Sashco turns 80 making caulks, sealants in Colorado

During the height of the Depression, when banks were bankrupt, soup-kitchen lines ran long and a quarter of the population was out of work, Don Burch thought it would be a great idea to start a company. Today, son Les Burch said his dad’s plan to start a window company sounds, honestly speaking, stupid. Read more in The Denver Post about how Sashco survived and thrived.

Sashco Celebrates 80 Years of Products That Work!

Colorado-Based Sashco Celebrates 80 Years of Creating High-Performance Home Improvement Products Family-owned company celebrates milestone with log home service expansion and thriving sales of locally manufactured products   COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (June 7, 2016) – Sashco, a Colorado-based manufacturer of high-performance caulks, sealants, and log home stains and finishing products is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month. Founded in 1936 as Colorado Steel Sash Company, founder Donald Burch started making non-messy window putty called Elasti-glaze one bucket at a time. The company continued to innovate and launch new products and... 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

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

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?

Caulking Tips

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