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How to Have Weatherproof Doors

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How to Have Weatherproof Doors

Doorways are one of the largest sources of energy loss in the home, as the air you pay to heat and cool flows out with each opening and closing, and often leaks around the edges even when the door is tightly shut! An afternoon’s work in the spring or fall checking the seals around your doors will go a long way toward making your home more energy efficient with weatherproof doors. Here is how to do it:

{category_img id=13018 type=small align=right link=yes}1. For weatherproof doors, start by examining the exterior and interior caulking for wear and damage, and replace if necessary. On the exterior side of the door, be sure to use caulk labeled for exterior use, as it is specifically made to stand up to additional wear from exposure to sunlight and weather. Don’t forget to caulk the edges of doorway sidelights, and if window glass in the door has been caulked, replace it if needed as well.

{category_img id=4619 type=small align=right link=yes}2.Your door probably has weather stripping in the form of , that slide into grooves in the frame. If you need to replace it, measure the two sides and top of the door frame to make sure you get the right size and amount. Remove the old stripping and slide the new strips into place, cutting them to size and butting the edges together where the sides of the frame meet. If your door requires trim frames with insert they are . Weatherproof doors stop drafts and save energy

{category_img id=49396 type=small align=right link=yes}3. Check the door’s threshold, as this may also have become worn and need replacing. Some thresholds are made with a rubber strip that can be removed and replaced without installing an entirely new threshold.

4.{category_img id=4614 type=small align=right link=yes} Finally, take a look at the sweep–the wider strip on the bottom edge of the door itself. The sweep sees the most wear and tear as it rubs against the floor with each opening and closing. Many newer doors have a groove in the bottom where a sweep can slide in; the sweep itself is made of rubber, vinyl or a line of brushes. Sometimes this type can be replaced without removing the door from the frame, but often it is easier to take the door off to slide the old sweep out and the new one in. For doors without this groove, the sweep usually consists of a metal or plastic strip that is screwed to the door, with the sweep itself extending down from it. This type can be replaced without removing the door.

{category_img id=49426 type=small align=right link=yes}5. Don’t forget to examine your interior doors as well! If you have interior doors to areas of the house with no temperature controls like a basement, garage or attic, these can leak a surprising amount of your heated or air conditioned air. Make sure the doors fit snugly in their frames and consider adding a sweep to them. An even easier fix is a draft-stopper, which can be as simple as a stuffed fabric tube or more whimsical in the shape of a snake or other animal. These are placed at the bottom of the door to block the drafts.

6. Sliding glass doors to decks and patios also need to be re-caulked periodically, and the weather stripping on them kept in good repair. It might be practical to replace much older sliding doors with newer, double glazed sliding doors or French doors. If that is not in your current budget, look into blinds or drapes specifically designed to insulate by blocking the loss of large amounts of heated or cooled air through the glass.

These small steps involve a relatively small investment of time and money overall, and will pay off in the savings you gain with greater energy efficiency.

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