To-Do #2: Applying Weather Stripping
Apply weatherstripping at joints where two surfaces meet, such as around windows and doors, to give an airtight seal. There are several different types of weatherstripping and each has its benefits and drawbacks.
After you have chosen the appropriate weatherstripping, follow the instructions that came with it for proper application.
- Tape: Lasts only one year and should only be used on windows or doors that will not be opened. Tends to dry and loosen within one heating season
- Felt: Lasts only one or two years and should be used on top or side of doors or window frames for sealing gaps of uniform width
- Foam: Lasts only one or two years and should be used on the bottom of window sashes or around the frame of a warped or loose-fitting door (wood-backed foam)
- Vinyl Tubing: Lasts around five years and can be used on windows or doors.
For more information on caulking and weatherstripping, watch our video on How to Caulk and Seal Gaps and Cracks.
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