It happens every winter to many homeowners. You feel the cold air draft coming into your home but you are not sure where it is coming from. When there is a cold air draft coming into your home you are increasing your utility bills as well as making your house colder than necessary. If the cold air draft is coming in through the windows there is something you can do to decrease cold window drafts in your home. Weather stripping will help you stay warmer in the winter as well as help you decrease your utility bills by decreasing the amount of cold air that comes into your home.
What is Weather Stripping?
Weather stripping is a type of material that will help you to seal the openings or cracks in your windows that are allowing the cold air to enter your home.
What Types of Weather Stripping is Available?
There are several different types of weather stripping available each with a different method of application.
- Adhesive backed foam – This is the easiest type of weather stripping to install. This type of stripping is available in rubber and plastic; this weather stripping will last a few years.
- Spring metal – This type of weather stripping is available in bronze, copper, aluminum and stainless steel and requires a little more work for installation
- Felt – This is available in both adhesive back as well as nail application and is a very economical choice for homeowners although it is not always effective.
How do I Install Weather Stripping?
Each type of weather stripping has its own installation procedures that are important to follow for maximum effectiveness:
- Adhesive backed foam simply requires peeling the back of the foam off and carefully applying it to the inside track of the window. Make sure to take care to cut the proper length and ensure a tight seal when applying your weather stripping.
- Spring metal weather stripping is available in both adhesive backed and strips that do not have adhesive. The weather stripping without adhesive requires brads for installation which are included with the stripping.
- Felt weather stripping can be applied with staples, glue or tacks. It is important to know that felt weather stripping cannot get wet or it will lose its effectiveness.
The type of cold weather stripping you choose is a personal choice between looks and method of installation. It is worth the extra work that installation requires since you will feel warmer in your home as well as decreased utility bills.