Door and Window Weatherstripping Tips for Homeowners

Doors and windows expand and contract as the temperatures warm and cool throughout the year. By the time the winter season comes around, many of the doors and windows in your home have likely developed cracks and gaps naturally. While this is common, it can be a problem for your home. Drafts allow cold, uncomfortable air to come into your home during the brisk winter months, making it extremely difficult to keep your home at a consistent temperature without constantly having to tamper with the thermostat throughout the day. To help reduce fussing and get rid of drafts, try using these door and window weather stripping tips for homeowners to seal your home properly for the cold season.

First you will need to be able to find these drafts and where they are coming from. For doors, have a friend stand on one side of the door and you stand on the other. Turn off the lights and do this test at night. Use a flashlight to sine lights under your door. If your friend can see the light, you have a draft because the space is too big. Another way to test for a draft under your door is to slide a dollar bill underneath. If it fits, you need weather stripping!

For windows, you can check for drafts by wetting your hands with water. Run your wet hand around the window casing. The moisture on your hand will help you to detect any drafts that may be passing through in to our home around the perimeter of the window. You will feel the air on your hand.

Once you have identified where drafts are in your home, you can begin to seal them up appropriately. The easiest kind of weather stripping to use is adhesive-backed foam. Most homeowners prefer this kind because it is simple to install and the directions are dummy-proof. Another option is to use a felt, nail-on type however these are a bit more complicated to use.

You can also choose to upgrade and use a rubber-gasket weather stripping. This type is often more expensive, but the results are well worth the investment. The flexible gasket will work to compress and seal creaks and openings effectively. You can choose from an adhesive backing type or a kind that uses nails or staples depending on what you prefer to use.

To seal the door further, to can enhance the effectiveness of weather stripping by installing a door sweep. This sweep attaches underneath he door with screws or adhesive. It will keep cold air from seeping in from underneath he door and even keeps out unwanted dirt, dust and debris that can reduce the air quality of your home. Another option is to use a door threshold, which is installed, on the floor under the door to add height and reduce the space between the bottom of the door and the floor.

Finally, if you are not going to be opening your windows in the winter, you can install shrink-film. This is applied to the entire window and a film is applied like cellophane to seal off the entire window from glass panes to frame. You will then use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the film so that is shrinks nice and tight across the window’s surface.

Utilizing any or all of theseĀ weatherstripping basics and tips will help you to keep drafts to a minimum so that the cold air stays outside where it belongs and the warm air remains indoors, keeping you warm all winter long.

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