Back on Day 137, I wrote about sealing up the small cracks around your windows and doors. As I look closer at the subject of sealing your gaps, I have neglected to look at the products one would use to perform this maintenance. Until now, your choices in sealants have been primarily petroleum based.
It is kind of like a double edged sword. On one hand, you need to properly seal your gaps to the outside. But on the other hand, the available products that we are using are fairly harsh on the environment. It really doesn’t quite make sense.
I typically do not endorse specific products simply because I am not trying to sell you anything except an idea and to show simple choices can have a greater impact on the planet than we once thought. If I went around hawking products and services and they do not work, then that damages my credibility and also the integrity of this project.
That being said, as you head down the aisles of your local hardware store, remember to take the time to investigate the ingredients of your sealants. I went to one of those big box home improvement stores the other day to check out the sealant aisle and found it to be a bit confusing and daunting. The paint/sealant aisle seemed bigger than my house and to tell you the truth, they all looked pretty much the same to me. All the caulk tubes were neatly lined up like soldiers ready to battle the elements.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. They won’t take your man card away for a couple of questions. If you can’t find anyone, use the little button that has the friendly pre-recorded lady saying something like, “Special assistance needed in the paint area…….paint area”.
If you know of any products that you have used and have had success, feel free to leave a comment. I would also like to know what products you have used that didn’t quite fit the bill as well.