How to Pick the Right Kitchen Caulking
I know that during your kitchen remodel there may seem to be a million different things to pay attention to. We find that sometimes caulking is one of those things that might slip through the cracks (literally).
Recently, A homeowner called us concerned about their caulk cracking where their backsplash met the wall. We went and looked at it and found that they had used painters caulking that was cracking. They had quartz countertops that will expand and contract with fluctuations in temperature. This fluctuation in temperature caused the painter’s caulk to move and crack. For these homeowners, we recommended that they use silicone-based caulk which will move with this expansion and contraction.
Best Ways to Pick Kitchen Caulking
These are the kind of things you should think about when picking caulking. Caulking around your countertops in your kitchen is necessary to protect your space. Without this protection, water can seep into walls and beneath your sink which can cause cracking and mold. Choosing your caulk based on your countertop material is a good rule of thumb.
Luckily there are some easy ways to know how to pick the right caulk for you. Here are some tips to help choose the right caulk…
- Silicone and elastomeric caulks are water resistant. If you’re looking for caulk in the kitchen or bathroom, I’d say choose one of these.
- Choose a clear caulk or one that matches the color of your countertop. For aesthetics, you want the caulk to blend in and not stick out. This will help your space look finished and tidy when it’s done.
- Know your surface, will your countertops expand with heat? Will they contract in the cold? Most non-synthetic countertops will both contract and expand, this is the nature of natural materials. Knowing this will help you pick a caulk that is made for these changes, like silicone-based caulk.