Three Tips For Choosing The Right Kind Of Caulk For Your Wooden Window Restoration

Posted on: 25 April 2015

While it's possible to restore an old window yourself, it'll be a lot of work. If you don't spend a lot of time researching which tools you need, you're also liable to make a lot of mistakes. If you have an old wooden window in your home that needs to be restored, remember these three tips to help you choose the right caulking solution.

Use A Flexible Water-based Caulk On Softer Wooden Frames

If your window frame is made out of pine or another wood like birch that tends to be on the softer side, really heavy duty caulks will do a lot of damage to it. As a result, the best caulking choice for your window is probably one of the water-based caulks.

Also called latex caulks, water-based caulks are some of the lightest and most flexible caulks out there. Whether you're using acrylic or vinyl latex caulk, you'll easily be able to wash it away and start again if you make a mistake on the wooden frame.

Opt For Durable Silicone Caulk Around A Double Panel Window Pane

Since double panel window panes are so much heavier than their single panel counterparts, they'll need a correspondingly stronger caulk to hold them up. Otherwise, you're bound to get leaks and even cracks the first time a strong gust makes its way through your neighborhood.

Although silicone caulk takes longer to apply and remove, it's both stronger and more durable than any water-based caulk. Even when it's placed directly under a full-sized double panel window pane, dried silicone caulk will be able to take the weight without a problem.

For Uncertain Outside Climates, Choose A Rubber-based Caulk

Both water-based and silicone caulks are weak to sudden temperature swings. It doesn't matter how strong a material like dried caulk is in the face of direct pressure when there isn't much room for it to expand from heat or contract from cold.

For maximum efficiency, you can place rubber-based caulk on the outside of your window to soak up temperature swings while another type of caulk guards the inside of your window. While rubber-based caulks aren't the most durable thing out there, it shouldn't be too cumbersome to replace only half of your window's caulk every once in awhile.

If your window has several parts that point to different ideal caulking solutions, use your judgement and err on the side of saving all the wooden parts you can. After all, what's the point of a window restoration if you can't maximize the operational life of what's already there? If you need help with your restoration, contact Legacy Restoration & Construction LLC.