How to Install Weather Stripping Around a Door?
There are two types of weather stripping: vinyl and metal. Vinyl is very durable, but it does not stand up well against water or other elements. Metal weatherstrip is stronger than vinyl, but it does not last as long.
There are many different types of metal weatherstripping available, so choosing the right one depends on your needs. You may want to consider installing some type of weatherstripping on the inside of the door, too.
Exterior Door Weatherstripping Types
Vinyl weatherstripping is affordable, easy to find, and easy to install. It comes in a number of different colors and in a few different styles. Vinyl weatherstripping has nubs or teeth that grip the door frame as you close the door.
Vinyl weatherstripping is very durable, but it does not do a good job of keeping water out. Vinyl weatherstripping can be found at your local hardware store.
Metal weatherstripping comes in a few different styles and patterns. Aluminum is the least expensive and most common, but copper and brass weatherstripping are available, too. Each material comes in a few different styles.
Most metal weatherstripping comes with small teeth that compress when you shut the door. Some styles of metal weatherstripping have small beads that fit into grooves in the door frame. Other styles of metal weatherstripping have small fins that wedge into the grooves in the door frame. Some styles of metal weatherstripping have both teeth and beads, which provide extra sealing power.
Exterior Door Weatherstripping
Metal weatherstripping is more durable than vinyl, but it does not seal quite as well. Some styles of metal weatherstripping are more effective than others. You can find metal weatherstripping at your local hardware store.
Installing Vinyl or Metal Door Seals
Begin by shutting the door and examining it. Look for any type of weatherstrip around the perimeter. If you see vinyl or metal weatherstrip, remove the old strip and clean the door and door frame with a damp cloth.
If you do not have any weatherstrip, you will need to install some before you can finish installing the new strip.
Installing Vinyl Weatherstrip
Purchase vinyl weatherstripping that fits your door and door frame. Vinyl weatherstrip comes in a few different widths, so you should be able to find one that fits your door. Most vinyl weatherstripping is about 1/2-inch wide.
You can find vinyl weatherstrip at your local hardware store.
Shut the door and place the vinyl weatherstrip around the perimeter so that it fits snuggly against the door frame. Most vinyl weatherstripping has small teeth that will grip the door frame to hold it in place. Vinyl weatherstrip is very durable, but you should not have to replace it for several years.
Installing Metal Weatherstrip
Shut the door and place the metal weatherstrip around the perimeter so that it fits snuggly against the door frame. Most metal weatherstripping has small teeth that grip the door frame to hold it in place. Metal weatherstrip is durable, but you may have to replace it every few years.
Finish by adding another layer of weatherstripping on the inside of the door. This will provide an extra barrier against drafts and keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer!
If you want to learn more about home improvement projects, check out “How to Build” and “How to Remodel” for in-depth information on these and other home improvement topics.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Weather stripping (JDH Pease – US Patent 3,238,573, 1966 – Google Patents)
- Weatherstrip sealing arrangement (LA Offenbacher – US Patent 4,143,497, 1979 – Google Patents)
- Adjustable weatherstrip assembly (JJ Mailand, BE Samuelson – US Patent 4,447,989, 1984 – Google Patents)
- Nonlinear analysis of automotive door weatherstrip seals (DA Wagner, KN Morman Jr, Y Gur, MR Koka – Finite Elements in Analysis …, 1997 – Elsevier)
- Weatherstrip sealing arrangement (J Ellis – US Patent 4,123,100, 1978 – Google Patents)
- Weather stripping (BJ Hill – US Patent 2,949,651, 1960 – Google Patents)