A weather seal is a cost-effective and straightforward way to protect your home from drafts. Fixhome recommends installing a weather seal to any areas where the passage of air may occur, especially around your windows and doors. There are several styles to choose from depending on your needs.
A V-strip weather seal provides one of the best ways to block air in spaces that are frequently opened and closed, like windows and doors. It’s a durable plastic or metal strip folded in the shape of a V that flexes to bridge gaps.
Foam tape is one of the most popular weather seals. Made from open or closed-cell foam or EPDM rubber, foam tape has a sticky back for ease of installation. It comes in varying widths and thicknesses, making it ideal for irregular-sized cracks.
Although felt is inexpensive, typically it only lasts a year or two. It comes in rolls with a metal backing and is useful for filling gaps that don’t see much use.
Door sweeps are an excellent weather seal that prevents air from coming in under your door. They are made of flat strips of nylon, plastic, vinyl, or a sponge brush that attach to the bottom of the door to fill the space between the door and threshold.
No matter which weather seal you need, stopping drafts in your home is an essential component of keeping heating and cooling costs down.