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Caulk: Anti-Aging Treatment for Your Home1


The walls of our 19th Century Victorian are structurally sound. But with age, cracks on wallboard and gaps in wood trim appear like crow’s feet and laugh lines.

A quick and easy remedy for these surface blemishes is Alex Plus® Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone by DAP®.

Alex Plus® is a siliconized acrylic polymer designed to withstand contraction and expansion without cracking. Its smooth creamy texture allows for easy application and the 12-month shelf life allows for multiple opportunities for use across all four seasons. It provides a mildew resistant, waterproof seal around doors and windows winning green building energy efficiency endorsements.

– As an aside for homeowners still looking for those cash incentives to improve their home energy efficiency, the passing of the Homestar (Cash for Caulkers) bill in House of Representatives last May generated a flurry of excitement among homeowners and struggling contractors who set their hopes on this legislation. The subsequent months have dashed these hopes in the wake of the flagging green economy with the bill still waiting to be addressed in the Senate. –

In the meantime, this is a great product to use to fill in those cracks and gaps that let cold air in — and look downright unattractive too. It cleans up easily with soap and water and comes in a variety of colors. All easy to paint over creating a seamless, youthful appearance for your walls and trim joints.

photos and text by Ann D. Travers

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Comments / Discussion

  1. Cindy Plantation
    People are often surprisingly amazed at how much more insulated their home is after making this type of repair. Great money saving information.
    February 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
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