Sealing air leaks in your home and using the correct weatherstripping can save as much as 15 percent on your utility bills. Well-maintained weatherstripping prevents heat loss in the winter and heat gain during warm months. This short guide to weatherstripping will explain the different types of weatherstripping available, as well as their best applications.
The weatherstripping you use on your doors and windows must be able to withstand temperature changes, weather, friction and wear and tear. For example, the wrong weatherstripping applied to the front door can result in too much friction against the floor as the door opens and closes. This will wear out the weatherstripping and can do permanent damage to your flooring.
Different Types of Weatherstripping
There are several different types of weatherstripping, all of which have their pros and cons. Make your choice based on your budget, the design of your home, and the frequency of the door or window's use. Your local hardware store can help you make your selection.
- V-strip - Also called tension seal, this affordable option adheres with a sealant to the top or sides of a door, or the sides of a double-hung or sliding window.
- Felt - You can purchase a roll of felt weatherstripping to apply around your door or window sash. It only lasts a couple of years on average.
- Foam tape - Foam tape, another affordable option, is available in a variety of widths, making it a good choice for large or irregular gaps. You cut it to length, peel off the sticky back, and apply it to the inside of door frames or the tops and bottoms of windows.
- Door sweeps - Comprised of strips of metal with a nylon, plastic, vinyl or sponge brush, door sweeps are used at the bottom, interior side of your door.
- Tubular rubber, silicone or vinyl - The tubing is usually attached to a metal or wood mounting strip and adhered to pre-milled grooves.
For a professional guide to weatherstripping, or for other home comfort questions, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We can handle your Cleveland home's heating and air conditioning needs.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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