Caulking / Guides

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...caulking, and better still finding non-toxic caulk for sealing windows or doors, first requires identifying the exact type you need, which means choosing the right caulking for different surfaces and substrates. Hang on tight because discussing the various chemical compounds and other substances in caulking is riveting...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...Caulking the top cladding board to trim boards: This creates a dead end that traps humidity in walls behind siding. Cutting boards short and relying on caulking to fill the gap: Caulking will eventually fail, letting water in but also potentially keeping it in. Boards are best installed tight, a certain amount of shr...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...caulking is used to prevent moisture and air infiltration, but it is also used for aesthetics. The little gaps at the top of baseboards or at corners and joints used to be left as is, but in modern home construction caulking is often used as a wood filler to eliminate any imperfections. Caulking has jokingly been cal...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...Caulking: Air leaks account for an enormous amount of heat loss in a home , and can lead to condensation and mold in walls in cold climates . In a really leaky house, a tube of caulking might even pay for itself in a day or two. On a windy day check for drafts around windows and doors, and see where your efforts are be...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...caulking fissures or gaps can make enough of an improvement to the sound isolation. Are there unsealed electrical outlets? Gaps around electrical outlets allow sound to pass through. The cover plate is an ineffective barrier. Common draft excluders behind the cover plate will usually be enough to deal with this. Th...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...caulking joints in cabinets around water (sink units for instance). Low VOC brands of caulking are available. Kitchen Counter Options for Sustainable Green Homes would be those that are resistant to heat, moisture and cuts from knives. Moisture damage from improperly vented kitchens and bathrooms can lead to rot an...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...caulking etc, so the cost doesn’t really go up much. All you need to do to improve the air seal is take your time and be a bit more careful, and what’s the point of taping the joints of a membrane if you don’t do it well and it still leaks air? Buying better quality building tapes is also a very good idea; they stick b...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...caulking . In fact, it can be good to do both. If you plan to cover a window with plastic, stopping air leaks first will prevent the plastic from ballooning out and ripping the tape seal. Read more here about how to install windows properly so they don't leak air Air leaks are easiest to find when it's cold and windy...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...caulking, spray foam, acoustic sealant, etc, but do bear in mind that you really must prevent excessive heat build up in light fittings, junction boxes etc. Also worth noting, we wouldn't even suggest touching anything up there if in an older home that might still have knob-and-tube wiring - get this replaced first. ...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...Caulking and weatherstripping can seal air leaks in existing buildings, and airtightness can be added as a design feature in new constructions. Louvre windows or jalousie windows are notorious for their air leakage, and an upgrade is strongly recommended if a home still uses them. These windows allow smoke infiltration...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...caulking and paint can bring them back good as new. Bricks and masonry: Putting materials with high thermal mass in the path of the sun will absorb heat and help regulate home temperatures. If you're looking for used bricks to reclaim, there are several places to check depending on the amount of time and money you wa...