Believe it or not, nothing inside your household is permanent. Your home ages just like you do, and sometimes it needs to have some fundamental things replaced, like the caulking. Caulking is a material that seals places like windows and doors to help weatherproof your home and create a seamless exterior. Once your caulking goes bad, your home can be in danger of water damage, rot, and mold growth.
Here are 5 signs that you need to hire a caulking contractor:
- Feeling drafts
After 10 years of exposure, caulk can begin to crumble. Older windows, doors, and ever the siding of your home can get warped due to moisture. This creates gaps as air expands and contracts the surrounding framework. Though simply feeling a draft doesn’t mean your caulking needs to be replaced, you should immediately search for gaps that could be potentially damaging your property.
- Condensation on windows and walls
When there is moisture on the inside of your windows, even double or triple-paned ones, it is a sure sign that the caulking or insulation layer has been compromised. Depending on the damage, you can have the caulk replaced. Sometimes, new windows are also needed.
- Signs of rotting wood
When door frames, siding, and the area around windows begins to rot, you can suspect that the caulking is long gone and now there is a moisture problem or water leak. Don’t wait. Rotting wood only gets worse.
- Increased cooling and heating costs
Though it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of rising heating and cooling costs sometimes, do keep a look out for extremes. If you find that the cost of energy has risen exponentially despite there being no real difference in temperature from the previous year, then you can suspect that there is a draft somewhere, water leakage, or caulking that needs to be replaced.
- Difficulty opening windows, doors, and cabinets
This isn’t just the result of taking a hot shower without ventilation. Windows, doors, and cabinets that stick are a sign that air and moisture leaks could be occurring. Be sure to caulk new windows, siding, and entrances into your home to aid in minimizing damages caused by expansion and contraction throughout the year, especially in humid regions.
While you may be thinking that you can do caulking yourself, having a professional come in and manage the task ensures that the job is done correctly. You will be assured that the caulking will be much more effective against weather when a contractor has completed the work. Plus, it will look much more presentable. Keep an eye for these signs. If you find them, don’t hesitate to give us a contractor a call!