How to Install Weatherstripping Around a Door
Weatherstripping a door will keep the drafts out and save energy and add to the comfort of your home.
Your front and back door have a big job to do. The doors must let people in and out and they must also plug the doorway and keep the outside climate outside. Having good weatherstripping around the door is needed if the door is going to be successful at doing it’s job.
You need to remember that a door needs to open and close many times a day. Each motion can add wear and tear to the doors weatherstripping. How many times per day does your door get used? Do you have children, your children have friends? Do you have a pet?
One of the big offenders that ruin a doors weatherstripping is dogs. The dog that claws at the door to get in or out can rip the weatherstripping right out of the door frame. Once the weatherstripping is damaged, it usually stays that way as though it was invisible. After all, there is no use replacing the weatherstripping if the dog is just going ruin it again.
To effectively weatherstrip your door you have two choices:
1. Remove and replace the weatherstripping that came with the door.
2. Add additional weatherstripping to the weatherstripping already in place.
Usually the weatherstripping is part of the door casing or surround. Different styles were used on doors depending on the door manufacturer and the age of the door. Some doors did not come with effective weatherstripping from the factory. They may have thought they had a good idea, but if your trying to conserve energy, it did not work well.
Installing new weatherstripping is certainly a do-it-yourself project. Stop by your favorite building store and select a product that will do the job for you and your door.
This is a video that I recommend if your looking forward to stopping that cold draft from finding it’s way past your door.
If the video does not start for you, please use this address to view video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swDkiffcV-I&feature=fvw
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