Weather stripping is used to prevent air from leaking into your home through movable joints such as doors. Choosing the right type of weather stripping depends on a variety of factors such as climate, visibility, susceptibility to weather and the type of door to which you are applying the weather stripping.
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Tension-Seal Weather Stripping
Tension-seal weather stripping is best used for the inside top and sides of the door. Tension-seal stripping comes into two varieties: self-stick plastic vinyl or a springy bronze strip. Tension-seal weather stripping is durable and invisible once installed. It does, however, have some disadvantages. It is difficult to install due to the corners needing to remain snug, it can increase resistance when using doors and the bronze variety of tension seal needs to be nailed in place so that it does not wrinkle or bend.
Felt Weather Stripping
Felt weather stripping is either reinforced with a metal strip or plain. Felt weather stripping needs to be glued, stapled or tacked into place, but seals best if staples are placed parallel to the length of the weather stripping. Felt weather stripping is best used fitted inside the door jamb so that the door presses against the weather stripping. Felt weather stripping is inexpensive and easy to install, but it carries low durability and is one of the least effective weather strippings for preventing airflow.
Reinforced-Foam Weather Stripping
Reinforced-foam weather stripping is closed-cell foam that is attached to metal or wood strips. Reinforced foam is best suited for use at the bottom of a door. This type of weather stripping is visible and must be cut, nailed and painted to match the area, but it produces an effective barrier against wind.
Tubular Rubber and Vinyl Weather Stripping
Tubular rubber and vinyl weather stripping are constructed of sponge rubber or vinyl tubes that need to be tacked or stapled around the door frame. Tubular rubber and vinyl weather stripping are listed as an effective air barrier. The only disadvantage to tubular weather stripping is that the self-stick versions are challenging to install effectively.
Interlocking-Metal-Channels Weather Stripping
Interlocking metal channels are installed around door perimeters. Offering the highest protection of weather stripping, interlocking metal channels are very difficult to install as it is critical that they are aligned correctly.
Bulb-Threshold Weather Stripping
Bulb-threshold weather stripping is constructed of aluminium and vinyl and used on the door thresholds. Bulb-threshold stripping is expensive and wears over time from foot traffic. This combination threshold and weather stripping comes in different heights, which are beneficial for hard-to-fit doors.
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