When you first buy a wooden storage building, there is a final step once you’re installation is complete.
Caulk your wooden storage building!
Caulking your storage unit when it is fresh and new will preserve the life of this building and keep it safe for storage.
There are certain areas to pay close attention to when caulking, although you can caulk open space that will let in air or inclement weather. Don’t worry, it’s actually quite easy to caulk a wood shed. Here are our professional tips.
- Anywhere siding meets. Caulking the seams will make your storage shed waterproof
- Along the trim
- Put caulk along the bottom edge of the siding where it overlaps the door
- Along the edges of the door
- Underneath the roof where it meets siding
- Around the windows
- Around air vents
Use paintable/stainable caulk (found at any hardware store like Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Menard’s). If you caulk before painting/staining, your shed will look seamless!
Tips for Application:
- For latex-based caulk, keep a wet rag or sponge handy to wipe up drips. For silicone-based caulk outline the area with tape if you want your seams to be perfectly straight.
- Cut the tube hole smaller than you think necessary and test first. It’s easier to make it bigger. Impossible to make it smaller. Start with a small amount, then add more as necessary. Too much caulk can be messy!
- Don’t try to make your caulk job completely perfect. Water finds its way into the best caulk job, so leave a few air holes for it to dry out.
Caulking your wooden storage building won’t make it last forever, but the shed and the storage items inside will last a lot longer. A little caulk goes a long way!