The Door Sweep vs Under Door Seal Debate
There are two sides to this debate: the under door seal or door sweep and the door seal. Both of these products have their pros and cons. You will need to decide which one suits your needs best. Let’s explore both of them together!
Under Door Seals (Door Sills)
These are not only used for sealing out outside air but they also serve as a barrier against moisture inside the house. They come in different sizes and shapes depending on the size of the room where they are installed. Some of them are made from metal while others are plastic. All of them work well at keeping out dust mites, insects, rodents, etc.
They also keep out water droplets that may cause mold growth inside your home. However, there is a downside to using under door seals; they tend to trap dirt and grime within it which causes stains when cleaning later on.
Some of the most common brands include:
Alphacool NexXxoSeal – These are the most popular brand among DIYers due to their low price tag. They have been around since 2005 and are available in various sizes. They come with a variety of colors and patterns so you can match them up with your decor.
Alphacool PureGear – Made from high quality materials, these seals last longer than other brands. They are available in different shapes and sizes for your convenience. The popular shapes are Half Round and Trim.
All of their models come with stainless steel mesh, rubber, and plastic.
Alphacool Cooljag – The brand is made from solid brass. It is very heavy-duty and there is no need to replace the seal as often. These are a bit pricier compared to other brands, but the quality is worth it. The style is sleek and can be easily hidden.
This type of protection is installed on the bottom of the door. They are made out of vinyl or metal with foam backing or rubber nubs. The ones that have foam are more popular due to their flexibility. These are fitted onto the bottom of the door rather than permanently installed. Most types can be cut down to size if it doesn’t fit your doorway perfectly.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Weather stripping & caulking doors & windows: money-saving do-it-yourself projects (HJ Hansen – 1978 – ir.library.oregonstate.edu)
- The Doors (LR King, BG Klein – The College Mathematics Journal, 1993 – static.frostking.com)
- Weather stripping and caulking homes: money-saving do-it-yourself projects (TR Reid – 2013 – Vintage)