Many siding and roofing contractors use siding caulk in order to prevent moisture from getting into the cracks between your siding. But it’s fairly easy to misuse caulk, and you may need to know more about how to use this material effectively. In this post, Mobley Brothers Roofing and Renovation discusses the many different ways caulk can be used and how the material can be versatile.
Choosing the Right Caulk
It might not come as a surprise for you, but there are actually plenty of caulking materials on the market. Not all of these can be used, or should be used, for your siding. That’s because each one of these materials has a specific purpose. Some caulk are to be used for your roof and gutters while other types of caulk are to be used for kitchen implements.
That said there are plenty of sealants that can be used for your exterior. Most of these will be ultraviolet-resistant, and can be used around your siding and windows. Others are fire retardant, Which can be great for spaces that you think will need a higher fire rating. And if you need something that can help you seal gaps between your siding and your roof, there are some sealant variations that are great for roof repair and roof replacement.
When Not to Use Caulk
There are also plenty of times when you should avoid using caulk on your property. Generally speaking, when you are dealing with something that needs to move and adjust depending on the heat of the environment, you need to avoid caulking to much around these areas. That’s because while caulk is a very good sealant, it also takes up space. Caulking tends to limit movement of materials, which can lead to damage to your property when it cannot properly adjust to expansion and contraction of the materials used.
If your siding material is made of fiber cement, then it’s very likely that these materials have flashing underneath. This flashing will prevent leaks of moisture in the same manner that caulk will. So generally, adding some caulk to this material will actually prevent the flashing from doing its job. Therefore it’s probably best to leave fiber cement siding alone and not caulk around it. This also stays true when you are installing a roof replacement with the flashing that extends down to your siding.
Do you want to know more about caulk material? Give Mobley Brothers Roofing and Renovation a call at (865) 216-3274 (Knoxville) or (615) 906-1195 (Nashville). You can also fill out our contact form for a consultation. Our Lebanon and Knoxville, TN, offices are ready and willing to help you out with your queries.