Windows are one part of your home that you just tend to neglect. After all, and unless the glass cracks or breaks, you should have nothing to worry about. However, that is not that easy.
The truth is that while the glasses may be just fine and spotless, you need to look around the window to check if you have any cracks or some kind of imperfections. Although it may seem, at first glance, that this is merely an aesthetic matter, the reality is that it is a lot more than that.
When you need to put a new window at your house, the company you hire will need to put the window in its place first and then they will need to caulk it. Simply put, this process involves applying a sealing around the window to prevent the air to move from the inside to the outside. The benefits? Besides allowing you to remain at a comfortable temperature around your home, it also improves your home energy efficiency which will have a strong positive effect in terms of costs. Since you’ll only be using the energy that you need and there won’t be any loss of energy, your electricity bill will decrease.
Just like other things at your home that tend to lose their efficiency with time, the same happens with the material that you use to caulk your windows. The truth is that it will start to crack and the wall may start showing some imperfections. When you notice this, you know it’s time to re-caulk.
One of the main problems of not re-caulking windows is the fact that your home will start suffering from moisture problems.
In case you just finished building your own home or if you bought a new home, you need to know that you may have to re-caulk your windows in about one year or so. While it may seem strange to have this kind of problems so soon, especially when the house is new, the truth is that this is perfectly normal. What happens is that within the first year after being constructed, the settling will occur. This settling can lead to a separation of the initial caulk from the wall joints.
If there is any advice that we can give you about re-caulking is that the sooner you notice that it is happening and the sooner you take care of it, the better.
In normal cases, re-caulking usually lasts for about 5 years. However, if you live in an area where it rains a lot or if it’s an area where there is a constant change of weather conditions, the re-caulking won’t last so much time.
Another advantage of re-caulking is that you can use it to simply fill gaps and between trim moldings. Please notice that this should be done before you apply the finish paint.
As you can see, re-caulking your windows has many different advantages. So, what are you waiting for? Have you taken a look at your windows recently?