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DIY Window and Door Weatherproofing

DIY Window and Door Weatherproofing

 

Do you live somewhere where drafts seem to sneak in no matter how tightly you think you’ve closed and sealed the windows and doors? That’s a common problem because doors and windows, even when shut, aren’t all the answer to effective insulation. Weather stripping around the doors and better sealing around the windows is probably what you need. The good news is that weatherproofing is quick, easy and very inexpensive to do as a DIY’er.

Doors are likely culprits and they’re also one of the easiest of these problems to fix. Get some vinyl or rubber weather stripping, lay it around the door, affix it to the door with nails or staples ever 5 to 8 inches or so. Voila! Problem solved!

Vinyl gaskets work well too and they’re also cheap so when the weather gets more comfortable you can just rip the gasket off and throw it away.

There is only one part of a door that requires a different solution… the bottom. This is actually where the biggest problem with drafts around doors is usually is too. A perfect solution here is to use something called a ‘sweep’. Home supply and builder supply stores sell them for sure. You can get a type that nails to the floor or one that has an adhesive. Either way….put it down and that’s that. Another problem solved.

If you live in an older house it’s very likely you’ve got leaky windows. People weren’t as worried about leaks back when energy was cheaper and everybody had jobs, right? But the easiest solution for those kind of leaks is insulating foam. Just squirt it around the window and around the middle (if you’ve got a split window), it’ll foam up, then dry. Then when you close the window it will compress and do its job of sealing.

There’s an old-fashioned way to stop drafts. It’s called a ‘snake’. A snake, in this case, is just a sand filled tube that, much like a pillow, can be thrown wherever you think it’s needed. You can make your own completely from scratch or buy them pre-made but fill them yourself. It doesn’t really even have to be sand but can be anything that traps air. It’s the air that does the insulating, right?

You can also insulate windows by putting film over them. It’s not quite as pretty and it’s a bit more work to apply but it is cheap and easy to DIY. Of course, take the film off when the weather gets better and you don’t need the protection.

Last but not least, you can use heavier drapes. Velvet works fine. Heavier drapes will control air flow (i.e. drafts) and also create an additional air pocket that will retard heat/energy loss. Cheap but effective and it also is good for a seasonal designer touch.

Add all these methods up, plus whatever you might hear about somewhere else, and you’ve got quick, easy and cheap DIY window and door weatherproofing.