How long does silicone take to dry? We give you the answer

Person using a caulking gun to seal bottom of window
Getting your timing right with silicone is crucial (Image credit: Getty Images)

'How long does silicone take to dry?' is a common question when working with silicone. The same applies to caulk. 

Knowing the drying times of sealants is one of the key components to a successful job. Get your timings wrong and you could have to start all over again, and no-one wants that. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.