I am part of the ACE Hardware blogging panel which sponsored this post and product.
A few weeks ago I announced my joining the ACE blogger team. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them. I’ve always felt that ACE has the mom-and-pop shop feel which has gone by the way side. Every time I walk in I’m always greeted by someone eager to help and walk me to where I need to be. No wandering through a store trying to figure out where things are and what they’re used for. Quality products + helpful employees. Fist bump ACE!
Today I get to kick off my first ACE sponsored project. Our task this month was to complete a project centered around weatherizing your home. I decided it was high time to give some attention to all the wood trim on the exterior of our home. As the temperatures fluctuate from season to season the wood on your home expands and contracts. Unfortunately it can leave your once perfect seams and joints separated. Three years ago we updated the front exterior of our home by adding a column and siding to the bay window.
Everything was perfectly built, caulked, sealed and painted at that time.
Fast forward to 2015 you can see just how much damage changing temperatures and a little bit of seasonal weather has caused…
The wood trim has come apart everywhere on the house. Our house has started to venture in to the frumpy zone.
The cracks around our new windows has also allowed air to come in making it not very energy efficient.
Another problem we’ve encountered is nesting insects.
While inspecting all the cracked and separated trim we found that bees had begun to make a hive under a section of hollow trim.
Suffice it to say there was an “Oh he$@ no!” uttered.
Fortunately, repairing separating trim is really not that difficult with a few simple steps.
1. Cut as much existing caulk away as possible. This can be done with a utility knife.
2. Remove any other debris and dirt from the area.
3. Sand all flaking paint and uneven surfaces. Wipe and clean well.
(Use caution when sanding paint that may have been applied prior to 1978 as it may be lead based and can cause very serious health problems).
4. Using some exteirior caulk apply a bead down the cracked surface.
5. I picked up some Dap Clear Caulk at my local ACE Hardware. You can also use white or paintable caulk depending on your surface.
6. I use my wet finger to smooth down the caulk in to the crack which makes a tight seal. After it has dried, reapply if necessary so there are no other cracks.
7. Once the caulk as dried you can paint.
“Caulk and paint make a carpenter what he ain’t”.
Re-caulking around windows is especially important.
Brand new windows don’t make that big of a difference if they aren’t sealed properly around the frame.
After seeing just how much the wood trim has separated we’ve now officially added this task to our spring and fall yearly maintenance list.
ACE Hardware wants help you weatherize your home by giving one lucky reader a $100.00 gift card to their store.