While you’ve likely heard the importance of weatherstripping your home before, you may not have heard the details on how to get it done or why it’s actually important. After all, there are different methods and products floating around that make the process less than clear to someone who hasn’t done this before. Thankfully, weatherstripping isn’t as complicated of a topic as it may seem, which is why we have everything you need to know about the subject.
The goal of weatherstripping is to make a door airtight. By applying the correct materials to the top, side, or bottom of a door (whether those materials are metal, vinyl, or plastic), you can create an air seal around the frame of a door. That prevents cold or hot air from escaping a home or room, which helps you maintain a comfortable temperature, particularly during the summer and winter.
Not only does this keep you comfortable, but it also helps prevent spikes in your energy bills by preventing drafts or air leaks. While weatherstripping doesn’t solve all air draft problems alone, it’s one part of a larger effort involving energy-efficient windows and proper insulation.
All Doors Benefit
No matter the kind of door—interior or exterior, metal doors or garage doors, even French doors—it’s important to weatherstrip. Some modern doors may come with a level of weatherstripping already applied, so it’s usually more important that you add additional protection to older doors, but you may want to add your own additional material depending on what you or a professional deems sufficient. You may even want to check with your door’s manufacturer, as they sometimes have specific products to help weatherstrip the model of your door.
How to Weatherstrip
Some tools you may need to weatherstrip a door include a hacksaw, hammer, and nails, screwdriver, coping saw, pry bar, utility knife, and router. You can often find inclusive weatherstripping kits that include parts like a foam flange or vinyl bulb for your doorsill.
Essentially this process involves cleaning and thoroughly drying the frame. Then, you cut and apply foam or other kinds of material along the frame’s sides and top. You also install a sweep toward the bottom of the door, which makes direct contact with the floor but won’t prevent it from opening or closing.
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