Doors can be drafty in the winter if not repaired.

Do Your Doors Lack Insulation?

January 11th, 2017 by

Doors can be drafty in the winter if not repaired.

In the dead of winter, a drafty home might as well not be heated at all. If you don't address poorly insulated areas, you could end up costing yourself in the long run.

Windows are obviously a major source of unwanted cold air, but they are not the only problem worth investigating this winter. In many cases, your doors might not be as well insulated as you might like. Here are some tips for addressing them:

  • Add new weatherstripping. All new doors come with weather stripping, which keeps out wind, moisture and dust. Over time, this material will warp and wear away, losing its effectiveness. If the damage is visible and you are feeling serious drafts, it's time to replace it. Silicone weatherstripping comes highly recommended, because it is soft, durable, and doesn't retain compression memory – meaning that it will not lose its effectiveness every time the door is closed.
  • Use door snakes. It's also important to check on the door's sweep to make sure it is preventing cold air from entering from below. If the sweep is wearing away, an easy, quick way to make a difference is to add a door snake. This is a foam tube that can be placed at the base of your door to block excess draftiness.
  • Consider a replacement. Sometimes, doors just don't fit well anymore. Maybe they never fit well to begin with, or maybe the house shifted slightly over time, leaving gaps. In this case, the best solution is to remove the old door and install a new one.

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