The goal with a home to keep costs down is to make it more energy efficient. This reduces the cost of energy bills. One way to accomplish this is the treat exterior windows using a battery-operated caulk gun to seal off air leaks. This avoids losing heat (or cooler air in the summer time) from the property requiring it to be heated (or cooled) again.
How to Plan for Performing This Task
- Look at the exterior of the property. How many windows require treatment. Do the window frames need repairing first? Consider the time required based on how many windows will be treated. Calculate how long each window will take the total time required as it must be completed in good weather conditions.
- Make a list of necessary materials. Buy them at the store. Get a caulking gun if you don’t own one. This feeds the caulk material out of the tube and onto the window to seal it. Buy materials to repair window damage too.
- Consider there are multiple types of caulks. Buy the right one for your needs. Read the packaging carefully before purchasing.
- Check the weather report. Weather conditions above 7-centigrade and low humidity is best for the caulk to set properly. At least a day is required for the caulk to dry and set. If you’ve expecting rain today, do the caulking on a different day.
How to Caulk the Windows With Battery Operated Caulk Gun
- Start at the lowest level windows to make it easier on yourself the first time. Move to the upper levels using a ladder later in the day once you have some skill developed.
- Take out old caulk so it can be replaced. Don’t put new battery powered caulk gun over old caulk gun. The better seal is achieved caulking directly to the window frame. Use a putty knife to carefully remove remnants.
- Repair window frame damage. Resolve rotten wood and fix any issues there. Clean the windows and clear accumulated dirt and debris affixed to the window frame. Create a clean surface to work from for the caulk to stick correctly and create a proper seal. Any areas that are washed; wait for them to dry 100%.
- Follow the instructions from the vendor on how to prepare it for first-time use.
- Remove tip and place the caulk gun into position on the window. Have a nail ready to clear the seal so that caulk can come out.
- Apply caulk to the window frame that you wish to seal up. The flow should be continuous with a thickness enough to remove any gap. Following the instructions to adjust the release to stop the caulk coming out. Proceed around all four sides of the window.
- Use something to smooth out the caulk and remove any remaining that isn’t needed. You can use a cloth or another tool to smooth out the levels.
Let the caulk sit for 24-hours. You may see a skin covering develop but the caulk beneath it won’t solidify for up to a day. The caulk must completely dry over this period to function as intended. Adjusting it and messing around with it, it will not provide a proper seal.