Have you begun to notice your energy bills creeping up? When you stand by your doors or windows, do you feel a draft? Have you noticed your curtains moving slightly on especially windy days?
If so, you can benefit financially from weather stripping on your doors and windows.
This simple process seals small gaps and cracks that will allow your conditioned air to escape and outside air to creep in. Keep reading to learn about the simple process of residential weather stripping.
Select Your Weather Stripping
First, you need to select the weatherstrip that makes sense for your door and window more secure. Look into hiring a window contractor to help you pick out the best weather stripping material for your geographical area. They will know what works best.
You have all kinds of choices of weather stripping.
V-channel or V-strip comes in vinyl, aluminum, and stainless steel. It works well on the sides of a double-hung or sliding window as well as the top and sides of a door. V-channel weather stripping has the reputation of being durable and invisible once you’ve placed it.
Felt or all-wood felt words especially well around a door or window sash or in the door’s jamb. It costs little and is easy to install. On the downside, it typically lasts only one to two years and is fairly visible.
Foam tape is a foam, vinyl, rubber foam, or PVC foam tape that works well as weather stripping. It works well on the top and bottom of the window sash, in door frames, and in attic hatches and windows that do not open. It is an inexpensive and simple-to-install solution, but like felt, it is a visible weather stripping.
Weather Stripping Double Hung Windows
Once you’ve decided what materials to use, you just follow these basic steps. When you’re weatherstripping double-hung windows, you should use a combination of foam tape and v-channel weather stripping. Here are the basic steps:
- Wipe the bottom of the sash with hot water and soap
- Measure the necessary length for the foam weatherstripping, and then cut the appropriate amount
- Expose the back of the foam
- Press the foam against the window sash bottom to form a tight seal
- Use soap and water again to clean the doom jamb and wait for it to dry
- Measure the sash height, and cut two pieces of the v-channel approximately 1 inch longer than the sash height
- Peel the backing from the V-channel and press it between the jamb and stash siles
- Nail the weatherstripping into the jamb with finish nails
- Use soapy water to clean the back of the bottom sash
- Cut your v-channel to the same width as the sash
- Raise the sash 3 to 4 inches, and peel the back from channel
- Press the channel into the back of the sash, keeping it even with the top
These simple steps will leave you with a window that has a tight seal.
Weatherstripping Casement Windows
Casement windows require less work than double hung windows. You begin with foam tape and no v-channel.
You first clean the outside of the window stops with soap and water. Wait to let the stops completely dry.
Then cut the foam tape so it fits all sides of the stops. Remove the foam backing and press it into the stops.
Seal and Secure
Basic weather stripping takes a little time and effort but yields big results. You will quickly notice your energy bill going down.
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.