Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Weather Stripping
If you’ve never gone through the process before, here’s an easy step-by-step guide you can follow along with to put down your weather stripping. Don’t rush things and you’ll be good to go in no time at all.
1. Gather Your Tools:
Start by gathering the necessary tools and materials. You’ll typically need a tape measure, a utility knife or scissors, a putty knife, and the weather stripping material of your choice.
2. Clean the Surface:
Ensure the door frame and surrounding area are clean and dry. Remove any existing weather stripping, adhesive residues, or debris using a putty knife, brush, or towel. A clean surface ensures a strong bond for the new weather stripping and avoids bumps later on that will prevent the door from closing easily and completely.
3. Measure the Door Frame:
Accurate measurements are crucial for a snug fit. Use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of the door frame, considering both the width and height. This step ensures you choose the right size and type of weather stripping.
4. Choose the Right Weather Stripping:
Ocean State Job Lot offers a diverse range of weather stripping options. Select the type that best suits your needs, whether it’s adhesive-backed foam tape for easy application or door sweeps for added protection at the bottom of your door. There’s also a felt nail-on weatherseal if you’d like something a bit more secure than tape.
5. Cut to Size:
Using a utility knife, scissors, or simple saw, you can carefully cut the weather stripping material to match the measured dimensions of your door frame. Double-check your measurements to ensure precision.
6. Apply the Weather Stripping:
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your chosen weather stripping product. Adhesive-backed options are typically easy to apply; simply peel off the backing and press the strip firmly onto the door frame. For door sweeps, attach them securely at the bottom of the door using screws.
7. Test the Seal:
Once installed, close the door and check for any gaps. The weather stripping should create a tight seal, preventing drafts and enhancing energy efficiency.
By following these simple steps, you will be avoiding a draft in no time.