“Oh, the weather outside is frightful…”
When winter hits, and Jack Frost nips, you may notice a particular window or door in your home where you feel a slight draft creeping in. If you’ve noticed the winter air sneaking into your home, you may want to take a closer look at the weather stripping around those windows and doors.—as weather stripping ages, it becomes less effective at keeping outside air from entering your home.
Once you have identified the window(s) and/or door(s) that have air leaks, you need to identify what type of weatherstripping is currently being used; some examples include foam tape, tension seal (v-shaped) or tubular rubber or vinyl gaskets, to name a few. Next, head on over to the local hardware store and pick up new weather stripping of the same kind already in use; this may cost anywhere from $40-$200 depending on the type and amount of weather stripping you need.
Now that you have your supplies, remove the old stripping and follow the 5-simple steps below:
- Clean the surface by removing all old adhesives and nails/screws. Fill nail/screw holes and sand smooth.
- Check the packaging of the new weather stripping for any special instructions; i.e. some adhesive types can only be installed when temps are at least 50-degrees.
- Start with a small area to ensure doors and windows still function properly before completing the entire job.
- Measure twice before cutting to prevent mistakes and wasted material.
- Make sure to face the opening of V-shaped weather stripping out toward the elements to prevent moisture from getting inside.
Test shut your door to make sure your installation was successful; if done correctly, Jack Frost will no longer be nipping, and you’ll be able to enjoy some additional savings on your energy bill.