West Philadelphia Kitchen
Installation of new kitchen marble countertops; reconditioned exposed ceiling joists; locally custom-fabricated steel floor-to-ceiling bay window.
Photographer: Jeffrey Totaro
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1. CaulksWindow caulking refers to sealing the joints of the window frame to the base wall in order to create an impervious system. Silicone, silicone latex and rubber are common compounds used for securing windows in homes. Wondering how to use a sealant? Caulking compounds are generally available in cartridges which can be applied using a caulk gun. Next, the bead of caulk is smoothed with a tool to fill gaps. Although caulking is not a complex process, it needs skill. It is suggested that you hire a specialist for the job to make sure there are no leaks post application. Dr. Fixit offers caulking compounds and other waterproofing merchandise across India.Tip: Caulk compounds require a minimum of 24 hours to set; so wash or clean the area in advance and make sure it is dry before you start. If you wish to re-caulk a leaking window, remove the dried caulk matter and prepare a clean and dry surface before the compound is applied again. Schedule the caulking for when the weather will be dry for a few days.2. WeatherstripsWeatherstripping is inexpensive and as effective as caulking. Your drafty and leaky windows can be fixed in a moment by installing self-adhesive weatherstrip tapes along the seams of the window pane and frame. These tapes can be used in the interiors without hesitation as they do not hamper the look of the window. Rubber, foam, felt and vinyl are among the commonly used weatherstrips on windows. You have to choose a material that sticks to your window material well. You can put weatherstrips or weather seals on your windows yourself. Just cut the tape according to the width of your window, peel off the backing and press the adhesive side to the window surface in a straight line. It is that simple!Schlegel offers certified weatherstripping solutions in India. But you can look for local suppliers for tough weatherproofing strips, too.