WHY CAULKING IS IMPORTANT
Often, people confuse grout and caulk as the same thing. While they’re certainly similar, they’re made up of completely different materials and serve different purposes.
Grout is a hard and durable material that’s used as a filler for the space in between tiles, while caulk is soft, flexible, and water-resistant. For this reason, caulk is used to seal a surface and prevent water from running into it. As a rule of thumb, grout should be used on shower walls and floors while caulk should be used anywhere that the tile meets up with another surface.
Caulking may seem simple, but it takes an expert hand to achieve a clean, steady line and professional, long-lasting results. An effective caulking job can prevent mould and rot from forming, make your project look neater, and even help your paint jobs to last longer.
Additionally, there’s an enormous variety of caulks and different types are required for each type of project. It’s important to consider if the type of caulk you’re using will adhere to the material you’re working with, how wet the caulked area will be, what temperature the caulk can be applied at, whether it’s for indoor or outdoor use, and if it’s paintable.
Because of this, it’s best to seek the help of a professional when it comes to caulking to ensure the job is done correctly.