Weather conditions may impact any section of the house, and one of the fixtures that might contribute to this issue is the external door. Weather damage to a property can be quite expensive to repair. However, weatherproofing the door helps keep your indoor area from being too hot or too damp.
Bugs and bad weather are common throughout certain seasons of the year, such as summer and winter. As a result, you’ll need to know how to weatherproof doors to keep the cold and warm air out of your home.
The strategies outlined in this article will assist you in keeping the door effectively weatherproofed, allowing you to save money on power and house maintenance.
Materials and tools required:
- Utility knife
- Long nail
- Pry bar
- Power drill
- Measuring tape
- Pencil or marker
- Nail-on weather-stripping
- Spray-foam insulation
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Exterior-grade door and window caulk
- Nail puller or flathead screwdriver
- Finishing nails 1 and a half inches
How To Weatherproof A Door
1. Install Door Weather Stripping
Step 1: Find the Right Door Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping for doors is readily available at any reputable home improvement store. Stores sell a variety of door weather stripping, but you may also purchase it from a catalog. Request that the business owner shows you the relevant catalog, then place your purchase at the local hardware store.
Although getting the correct external door weather stripping for your door may be difficult, it is still feasible. Find a request for the same brand from the manufacturer or the store where you purchased the original door. You could locate a label on the original door that lists the manufacturer or business owner’s contact information, and you can go from there.
Another technique to figure out what to search for is to Google “door repairs” and go through all of the results. You’ll either find what you’re looking for online or be directed to it. Replacement kits, on the other hand, are available at home improvement stores.
Step 2: Measure and cut the weatherstripping for the doors.
Close the door and stretch a measuring tape over its top and sides before you begin. Make a crisp line on the length of the door stripping with a pencil or marker. Cut the foam linked to the stripping with scissors, and cut the wooden flange using a hacksaw.
Remove the 112-inch nail from the package and drive it through the wooden flange to secure the weather stripping or external door insulation. This should cover the whole length of the door’s foam seal. Fix the weather stripping in place next, but don’t drive the nail yet.
Apply tape to the frame’s sides and trim one side of the weather stripping to make it fit the top half perfectly. You can make the sample by following the steps of an older one. Cut the desired foam using scissors, then cut the profile with a coping saw.
Sand the sliced section with sandpaper until it is smooth. Make sure it fits snugly, then measure and cut the bottom section. After that, install the weather stripping and double-check that the entire length fits and seals well.
Before driving in the nails you placed in earlier, ensure sure the door opens and shuts easily. The door weather stripping should also be able to stretch the whole length of the door. Pull out the nails and reposition them if you want to tweak the stripping a bit.