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Caulking would be in your best interest. It is an economical step and it keeps out insects and the elements.
You could possibly get away without caulking, but a few tubes of caulk is a cheap price to pay to improve air and water infiltration.
Oh yes indeed it’s necessary. The seams will swell & never go back down if not sealed. Then they will begin to break down and spall at the seams over the years.
Caulk is cheap compared to this scenario.
A UV resistant silicone sealant should work, but find out which type of formulation would work best with the type of paint you are using.