What is the Door Weatherstripping About?

Posted on 17. May, 2016 by Michael Nelson

Really, why should one care about such thing as installation of weatherstripping for one's entrance or back-yard door? Or a garage door, perhaps? There are some reasons of serious consequence to go about this project and we will try to explain those reasons. Just picture your home at the very height of the cold weather season, which begins, possibly, in the end of autumn and ends as late as middle of spring, sometimes. So, as soon as the cold weather comes into its full effect you are going to witness growing expenses on utility bills for heating and electricity. The expenses begin to sprout like mushrooms after the summer rains, literally. Of course, such dramatic growth of this segment of your financial spendings is also connected with holiday's season, with its holiday music, lots of merriment, decorative holiday lighting both inside and outside of your house and so on - you just name it! Still the lion's share of the increasing spendings on electricity and heating is connected with insufficient insulation of your house against the elements. Your house begins to leak heat into the outside environment and this is the main reason for outstanding growth of heating costs. The proper insulation is required for the walls, windows, and, in the very beginning, for your exterior doors! Losses of warmth through insufficiently thermo-insulated doors are the most obvious sources of the overall heat loss your house would suffer during the cold whether season. Take care about this problem, install proper door weatherstripping on all exterior doors - and enjoy huge savings on the electricity and heating bills during cold weather!

How Serious Could Be the Heat Loss through the Exterior Doors?

You would be surprised, but it was established through the expert investigation into the matter that the doors could be accountable for as much as 10-15 percent of all residential heat loss. In the first place, the exterior doors leak heat in the process of being constantly opened and closed, which happens all the time during the busy season of winter holidays. But the main problem is that even when closed the exterior doors also leak energy outside - if they are not insulated properly, with proper door weatherstripping stuff. The heat leaks outside through badly weather stripped doors and this results in greater spendings on people's heating system bills, whether they burn natural gas or electricity - people need to constantly adjust the thermostats' settings, to keep the residential premises decently warm. And this is never going to end unless you take care of sealing your exterior doors with good quality weather-stripping seals. This stops the cold air draft from infiltrating inside as well as prevents the warm inside air from leaking outside into the cold environment, stealing your precious home warmth that costs you a pretty penny, in the end.

How to Choose the Door Weatherstripping Correctly?

Modern state-of-the art types of door weatherstripping are offered in a rather wide range of varieties. The type of flooring and the residential space represent two main factors to be taken into account when choosing the correct door weatherstripping for your house or apartment.

If the flooring in your residential premises is of wood or tiles than you should go for the standard, heavy-duty weatherstripping. This would be a perfect choice. The weatherstripping of this type is equipped with very sturdy door bottom enforced by an aluminum carrier. This weatherstripping will be perfectly reliable and will serve for many years without a problem. You should forget about any kind of regular maintenance or replacement of the weatherstripping of this type.

In case you have a door which, when open, is crossing over carpets and rugs you should look for a special automatic weatherstripping system devised especially for such situations. When the door is closed the system automatically closes the gap, sealing the door ideally, but it also goes up when the door is opened, freely passing over the carpet or a rug.

People who rent their residential premises are especially fond of so called exterior door stripping, since with this system you do not have to actually install the door weatherstripping, it is not needed. The exterior door weatherstripping makes crafty use of special foam tubes which can be conveniently and problemlessly fitted into special sleeves. You open the door, the sleeve freely slides across the floor surface, not impeding the door movement, but sealing the door efficiently in the closed position, preventing all kinds of draft and heat-loss. Additionally, the sleeves can be taken off and machine washed periodically, if need be.

For such rooms where the heat circulation is limited compared with the other parts of your residential space you can make use of self-stick door stripping, it will serve most efficient for garage- or basement-leading doors.

Some Tips Regarding the Door Stripping Installation

It goes without saying that each particular door and each particular weatherstripping system requires individual approach based on the type of the system in question. Nevertheless, there are some rules that should be better followed while installing the weather stripping, disregarding its particular type.

1) The surface for installation should be perfectly clean and dry, make sure about it.
2) Before you cut the weatherstripping carefully check the measurements you have made - not to cut too little of stripping and spoil the entire project from the very beginning.
3) When fitting the door weatherstripping in place, make sure that when the door is closed the material squeezes together and performs its insulation function 100% OK.

By the way, if you correctly choose the type of weatherstripping for your exterior doors and install it in the right way you would eliminate not only the unpleasant drafts coming into your residential premises, but all kinds of insects as well, which is a pleasant and totally free bonus to installation of the door weatherstripping system. And you will be able to save from 10 to 15% of your electricity and hearting utility bills. Your house is sure to become warmer and more comfortable while you spend less funds on keeping it this way! Why don't you make a pleasant present for yourself and your family by installing a decent door weather stripping system before the cold weather hits?

Remember, Your Garage Would Also Benefit from its Door Weather Stripping

It is not quite clear for what reason, but lots of people still do not realize all the benefits of insulation of their attached garage entrance door against the elements. Still it remains a proven fact - the installation of correctly selected door weatherstripping onto your garage door results in noticeable reduction in electric power and heat consumption. So make this insulation an integral part of your every spring cleaning and repair. By the way, a good garage door insulation is efficient not against snow and rain only, but keeps away various bugs, insects and all other kinds of stray creatures.

The garage door weatherstripping materials are very inexpensive and offered at the market in a great variety of types and sizes. As a rule it does not requite much time or any special tools to be installed in place, and elementary DIY skills would perfectly suffice. The weather stripping should be applied at all four corners, of course; there should be no gaps anywhere when the door is closed. If you fail to achieve it, try making use of a PVC stop molding.

Sometimes the floor of the garage is not even and flat enough and prevents from achieving a perfect insulation. In this case the best solution would be using an affixed brush seal. Modern brush edge seals are manufactured from state-of-the-art materials, they consist a great number of strong but flexible synthetic filaments (usually it is nylon) and they reliably insulate your garage from its penetration by dirt, air and water. The same system can be applied to the sides of your garage door. The installation is simple enough - just take care of careful measurement, so the pieces of the brush seal you have cut would perfectly fit into their place!