A silicone sealant, or caulk, is a heavy-duty and gel-like adhesive used for construction and home improvements. Due to its flexibility and durability, it is often used in different applications for both interior and exterior parts of a house or a building. Just like with other adhesives, there are different types of silicone sealants that are formulated for different projects.

Here are a few things you need to know about silicone sealants so you can make the right decision.

First Things First, What is the Purpose of a Silicone Caulk?

Silicone sealant has been in use for a very long time and its primary goal is the same: to keep moisture or air from getting in or out. It seals the gaps between two surfaces or materials in the strongest and most efficient way possible.

Silicone caulk is a popular sealant primarily because of its flexibility. It is very elastic yet can withstand heat and cold, making it ideal for any repair and construction project . Curing time can be a bit longer than other adhesives, some types up to 24 hours, but the result is worth the wait. The LePage 2 in 1 Seal & Bond Kitchen and Bath Express Silicone Sealant is an exemplary example of one that is fast-drying at only 2-hour time.

Popular Uses of Silicone Caulk

If there is a crack, you can caulk it. A silicone caulk is an adhesive that is very useful to have in the household to fix  cracks or gaps. It can be used on the following materials or surfaces:

  • Aluminum
  • Concrete
  • Ceramic
  • Enamel
  • Fiberglass composites
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Porcelain
  • Stainless steel
  • Stone
  • Stucco
  • Wallboard

If you want your silicone adhesive to match the color of the material you will be applying it on, you should choose a silicone sealant or caulk that has the same color. This is because you cannot paint over silicone.

Second, silicone sealants are not designed to hold extremely heavy loads. That is why you must never use it on load-bearing structures.

Finally, read the instructions carefully as there might be additional preparations that you will need to do before you can apply the sealant. This is especially true if you are working on wood or metal surfaces.

What are the Best Silicone Sealants?

We have two outstanding silicone adhesives that are perfect for certain applications. Choose the one that fits your project’s requirements.

The LePage 2 in 1 Seal & Bond Kitchen and Bath Express Silicone is a highly durable and water-resistant adhesive formulated for sealing in your bathroom and kitchen. It is resistant to mildew and mold growth, and it is very easy to clean with nothing more than water.  This silicone sealant takes only 2 hours to dry.

The LePage PL Polyurethane Concrete Crack & Masonry Sealant is the adhesive you need if you want a permanent, water and weatherproof seal in your concrete and masonry. No primer is required for most materials, which will help to lower your installation costs. This sealant does not deteriorate from stress, movement, and weather. Lastly, it is easy to gun and tool for speedy application.

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