A few months ago, I realized that I really needed to update our windows and a few other glass fixtures around the house. I started searching for a great glass shop in the area, and I was able to find a place that I felt really good about. I worked with them to replace our mirrors, our glass shower enclosures, and our windows. When we were finished, our house looked and felt brand new on the inside and the outside. I was really impressed with how much of a difference those changes made. This blog is all about installing better glass in your home.
Frameless glass shower doors are a great upgrade for any bathroom. These unique and stylish shower doors are also very reliable. They can create a completely waterproof shower enclosure as long as the seams remain sealed. This usually means that you need to maintain the caulk in between each glass panel. Over the years you will probably need to remove your old caulk and replace it. This article explains the process so you can ensure that your enclosure remains waterproof and stylish.
Removing the Old Caulk
Removing the old caulk can often be the most strenuous part of the job. You want to remove all of the caulk and residue so there is a smooth, clean surface for the new product to stick to. You need to be especially careful when cleaning if there is mold in between the panes. The best tool for removing caulk is a box cutter (aka utility knife). Cut as close to the pane as possible to break the seal of the caulk. Then, you can use a putty knife to scrape away the rest. If your glass panes are tinted, you need to be careful to not scratch it off. Finally, you might need to use a powerful citrus cleaner to remove any residue from the caulk.
Applying the New Caulk
To apply the new product, you just need a silicone caulk (preferably clear), a caulk gun, painter's tape, latex gloves and a little bit of patience. First, you need to tape off one side of the glass pane. Place a strip of painter's tape tightly on the inside so the gap between the pane you are working is completely covered. This way, when you apply the caulk from the other side of the enclosure, it will not seep through. The trick is to squeeze the caulk into the gap until it protrudes past the front of the glass. Then, you can use your finger to wipe away the extra caulk. This pushes the caulk deeper into the gap and leaves behind a smoother texture in the caulk. This is much easier if you are wearing a latex glove. Use a wet rag to wipe off your finger to keep them clean as you wipe the caulk away.
Now, you can remove the tape from the other side of the glass. Do this before the caulk dries so you can wipe down that side too. This way, both sides will have a smooth caulk line that will be water resistant. Better yet, your new, bright caulk will look much better than your old, soap scummy, moldy, dirty or faded caulk. Contact a business, such as Morris Plate Glass, for more information.Share
8 June 2016