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Weather Stripping Your Doors

Make your doors stay draft free, and help control energy costs, with weather stripping.

This simple, quick, and effective procedure can help keep the “inside air in, and outside air out.” Weather stripping is an easy and cost effective way to save money on your energy bills, and improve the comfort of your home by reducing drafts. Many homeowners can install weather stripping on their own!

Weather Stripping Your Doors
Reduce drafts and save money on your heating bill by weather stripping your interior and outer doors.

Many modern doors already come with pre-installed weather guard features, but unfortunately, they can rip, compress, bend, or wear out over time. However, attaching new weather seals is far cheaper and faster than installing a new door.

Types of Weather Stripping

Proper weatherizing requires two components: weather stripping, which covers the sides and top of the door, and the “sweep,” which fills the area between the threshold and the bottom of the door. Blain’s Farm & Fleet offers a variety of metal, foam, felt, and plastic products for this purpose.

Adhesive Backed Foam – Adhesive backed foam is probably the easiest and least expensive weather stripping option. Available in rubber and plastic varieties, adhesive foam seals out air when compressed by the door closing. Additionally, these strips also provide a cushioning effect, which dampens the noise from slamming doors. However, this type of stripping is not a permanent solution; it only lasts for 1-3 years before the foam loses its resiliency.

Metal Weather Stripping – Spring metal strips (single or V-shaped) are available in various metal finishes, such as bronze, copper, aluminum, and steel. This kind of weatherization option is also available as a modified version with self-adhesive spring metal (with a peel-&-stick backside). This looks and functions similarly to the spring metal strips, but is faster and easier to install. Spring metal stripping fits into the tracks around the edges of the door and uses tension to create a seal.

Silicon Weather Stripping – Silicon is particularly well-suited for battling the elements, because it is durable, soft, and retains its shape. Select a type of weather stripping that will withstand the friction, weather, and temperature changes at that location. When applied to the door bottom or threshold, weather stripping can erode as a result of dragging and foot traffic. Weather stripping must fit “just right” and form a good seal when the door is closed, while also permitting it to open easily.

Choose the appropriate product for each door’s location, and also consider durability when comparing costs. Felt and foam are simple to install and inexpensive, but more susceptible to weather and air flow. However, the speed and ease of applying these materials makes them suitable for infrequently utilized doors. Vinyl, which is more expensive, endures well and resists moisture. Metal weatherizing is likely to last for years, while still staying affordable, but is more difficult and time-consuming to put in place. On the style side, metal weather strips can also serve as an “accent piece” in older homes, whereas modern materials like foam may look anachronistic or strange.

You can use more than one type of weather strip to seal oddly shaped or irregularly worn-down doors. After only a few hours and dollars, your new or improved weather sealant will help keep you warm and snuggly in winter, and stay cool to beat the heat!

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