How to Replace Weather Stripping on Door Threshold
Weather stripping is a plastic sheeting used to protect the metal surface of a door from moisture or rain. Rubber seals are usually made of polyurethane (PU) which is a flexible material that allows water vapor to pass through it. When the rubber seal breaks down, it causes the door to leak.
The rubber seal may break due to wear, age, or even other reasons. In order to protect your door, it is important that you replace the rubber seal.
Before you start with the replacement process, you should identify the type of weather stripping which is installed on your door. In order to replace the weather stripping, you will need to close the door and remove all the screws holding the door in place.
Foam: The foam is a semi-rigid sheeting that is made of closed-cell polyethylene. It is flexible and can last for more than 5 years.
Removing the Door
The first step in order to replace weather stripping on a door is to remove the door. Before removing the door, you should identify all the screws which hold it in place. Polyurethane (PU) is usually used as an adhesive to stick the sheet on the edge of door.
They may be hidden by the weather stripping. You should start with removing the Hinges and then remove the door from the frame.
Now you are ready to replace the rubber seal on your door.
Once you remove the door, it is important that you measure the opening and order the same size of weather stripping. You should use a utility knife to cut off the old weather stripping and remove it from the door. You can also use a heat gun to loosen the seal by heating the edge of door.
You should remove the old seal by pulling it. You should check for any nails or screws as these may go through the door and may damage the door or cause injury.
You can now fit the replacement seal by holding it against the door. You should ensure that the seal fits into the grooves on the door. You should also check that it is even.
Once you are satisfied with the gap at the bottom and sides of the door, you should use a tape measure to check if there is any gap remaining. Nails, screws, or other rough edges may leave an uneven finish.
You should fill in the gaps if any by adding a little bit of weather stripping. You can now use the tape to measure the length and width of these filled in areas. Once you are done, you can cut them with a utility knife.
You should apply a thin layer of adhesive along the frame and at the bottom of the door. You should press and smooth out the weather stripping into place. You should leave it to dry according to the instructions.
After it dries out, you should reattach the door by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
We hope that you have found this article on how to replace weather stripping on a door helpful. If you are having problems with your door or in need of a new door, we can help!
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