Siding caulk may not be the first thing you think of when considering giving your house a new coat of paint, but it should be pretty high on the list.
What Is Siding Caulk?
Siding caulk is simply a filler, it’s used by decorators and even builders to fill gaps in your home. It is commonly associated with gaps around windows, doors, and the edge of your vinyl cladding. But, it is also used to fill holes in your walls before a paint job. This creates a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.
Creating a smooth surface in preparation for painting is a great idea, it will make painting so much easier.
However, siding caulk does not always adhere to the building surface. It can also shrink and crack, especially in extreme weather conditions. The result is unsightly cracks or even gaps in your wall rendering.
Of course, these will appear after the paint job has been finished, your house may look great for a year or two. But, once the caulk starts to fail the quality of the paint job will immediately go downhill.
The Wrong Siding
Compounding this problem is the fact that many older sidings are painted and repainted, but they are also made of tough wood which starts to crack. This will make it even more difficult to get a good-looking finish on your home and for it to last.
The most obvious solution is to avoid using caulk on your home. Unfortunately, this is not a viable option as there will always be gaps that need to be filled properly. However, you can replace worn-out caulking as quickly as possible, this will help it to stay looking good.
But, if the caulking has been used to fill a gap replacing it will not restore your paint job. Instead, you need to make sure the gap is filled with the best material possible. The actual material will depend on the building finish, but a cement rendered building can be filled with cement.
However, the most effective way to deal with this issue is to replace the siding with modern materials. Vinyl siding is surprisingly cost-effective and will last for years. You can even choose your preferred color!
Of course, you need to choose a reputable professional to ensure that the siding is fitted properly, some require flashing behind to prevent the use of caulking and help to ensure the siding looks good for many years to come.
The worst thing you can do when dealing with caulking is simply applied it and hope it will be okay. It’s time-consuming painting a home, or costly to pay painters. Once you’ve done it you’ll want it to last for several years, which means doing it right first time around.
With a little planning, siding caulk doesn’t need to affect your paint job adversely, you just need to consider the right route forward, not the fastest.