It is important to caulk the windows of mobile homes. This not only helps to keep winter out of your home, but also aids in increasing the energy efficiency of the home. In addition, caulking and winterizing can help you get better deals when putting used mobile homes for sale. The simple tips that are shared below can help you caulk the windows of mobile homes.
Interior Window Caulking
To caulk the windows of the mobile home from the inside, you can use latex caulk. This caulk has a shorter life when compared to the other types of caulk, but with proper application, you can extend its life.
This type of caulk can be used to seal cracks up to ¼ inch wide. As the latex caulk is unable to withstand extreme temperatures, it should be used for the interior only.
You need to ensure that the surfaces are clean before the application of the caulk. Latex caulk sticks well to paint and wood, but can also be used on other materials and surfaces.
Exterior Window Caulking
Butyl rubber caulk can be used for exterior caulking as it can easily adhere to different types of surfaces and is capable of withstanding extreme temperatures. It can be used to seal cracks that are quarter inches wide.
Depending on the age and type of window used in your mobile home, there can be gaps between the window frame and the wall of the home, which will need caulking. You can have butyl caulking in a variety of colors. So it will not be difficult for you to find a caulking to match the color of the home, if you do not plan to paint after the application of the caulk.
Window Caulking Tips
Surface preparation is very important for the application of caulking. You need to clean the surface thoroughly and make it free of paint and dust before the application of the caulk.
It will be good if you can clean the window area with soap and water and allow it to dry completely. After that, you can use a wire brush to clean the crack where you need to apply the caulk.
You can use a caulking gun or apply it straight from the tube. The tube method will be good to fill thin gaps, but for larger gaps, you will need to use a caulking gun. Note that you will need to cut the tip of the tube appropriately to fill larger gaps.