A good seal is essential for extending the lifespan of your windows and doors. The gaps in a window or door can let in the elements, cause costly wall or framing damage, and may end up raising your energy bills. How do you know which sealant to select and what areas around your windows, doors or trim need sealed? Read on for some important tips:
• Window seals typically develop breaks or leaks at points of contact: where one section of the window meets another, where the window meets the frame, or where the frame meets the wall. This is true both on the interior and exterior.
• The best window & door sealants are flexible to allow for expansion and contraction over time and are commonly used at junctions between dissimilar materials, such as the gap between the window trim and siding, or where the window frame meets the trim. LePage® QUAD® MAX can be used in any weather condition and can effectively flex and retract with the continual seasonal movement in building materials.
• On the inside of the house, it is important to seal any gaps where the window trim meets the window frame (inside the window) and the joint where the window trim meets the wall, which is where air leaks around the window frame would most likely be found. Select a sealant that is safe for use indoors and can be painted, such as QUAD® MAX, which is solvent-free and can be painted in as little as 1 hour.
• If you’re not sure where your windows are leaking, hold a lighted candle around the seams. If the flame twitches, you’ve found a leak!
No matter the project, LePage has the right sealant solution for your needs and TIMBER MART has the right selection of LePage sealants so you can get the job done right.