Caulking the exterior of your windows and doors is just one way to help keep the cold air out and the warm air in during the winter. To make your home seal up even better, you should check the weather stripping around the doors and windows too.
Adding weather stripping might be the cheapest, easiest and most effective method of stopping the wasting of your energy dollars. Best of all it will only take a few minutes to do too. In just a short time, that draft that has been making your room cold can be eliminated.
Here’s a fun fact. Imagine a ¼ inch gap around a typical 36-inch front door to your home. This is the equivalent of a 9-inch square gap in the door. And you wonder why the room is cold?
Different types of weatherstripping
Foam tape with adhesive backing weatherstripping
The most popular selling weather stripping is the rubber or foam adhesive backed tape. This is very easy to install. First you will need to select the correct width and thickness. Once you have selected the right one, you will need to measure it first to ensure a good tight fit. After you are sure of the length you need, cut the tape and remove the backing and press the tape into place. What I really like about using this is that is the gap is irregular; the foam will fill it in.
Felt weatherstripping has been around for a long time. You can buy it either plain or ones with a flexible metal strip behind it. To secure felt weatherstripping to a door or window, you will need to either tack it in place, or use a good glue.
Interlocking metal weather stripping
This might be the best way to have a tight seal, but it requires some patience and is a bit expensive. One part will fit into the other to from the seal. One piece is attached to the doorjamb while the other is attached to the door. To do this installation correctly, you will need professional rabbet cutting to do this. This might be out of the budget and skill level of your average homeowner.
If you open any of your exterior doors, you should see a raised seal on the floor under the door. Most door thresholds have weatherstripping built into it. It will be tubular in shape and will press up against the bottom of the door when closed. Check the condition of this threshold to see if it needs replacing.
If your existing threshold doesn’t have that tubular gasket, you can either install one, or install weatherstripping on the door itself. It is called a door sweep and it has a flexible rubber strip that will seal nicely against the floor/threshold.
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