Drafty House: How to Weatherproof your Windows and Doors

Weatherproofing Home

With temperatures in the Sacramento area reaching 109 degrees this summer, it feels like winter will never come. For the last several years, Californians haven’t worried much about preparing for winter due to the extreme drought, but weather forecasts predict that winter 2015-2016 will bring heavy rain, making weatherproofing your home a necessary fall chore this year. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to keep drafts and water from coming in if you do a little weatherproofing before the temperatures drop.

How to Weatherproof your Windows and Doors

Tops and sides of doors

There are several options for weatherproofing the tops and sides of your doors. For small gaps, use vinyl or rubber weather stripping to make sure your door has as nice tight seal. For larger gaps, use a foam strip. Foam is a good option because it expands to fill any unwanted spaces, and also presses down flat so you can close your door without having to wedge it tight. You can also use weather stripping, which is installed like double-sided tape. Once installed, be sure that your door still opens and closes freely.

Weather Stripping for Doors & Windows

weather stripping

Bottoms of doors

For the bottom of your door, all you need is an inexpensive door sweep.  This will keep you from getting a cold breeze on your feet, and as an added bonus it will help keep dirt outside, where it belongs.

Check your door for additional gaps

The easiest way to check for gaps in your door is to use a light.  At night, turn on your indoor light and go look at your door from the outside. If light is getting through, air is getting through too. The light you are able to see will tell you where you need to solve weatherproofing and draft problems.

How to weatherproof doors with large gaps

For interior doors that have large spaces between the door and the floor, backer rod is a great way to block off air flow and water.  Simply cut a length of backer rod to fit the space you need to fill, put a strip of caulk on it, and use the caulk to glue it to the door. Fill in any remaining spaces with caulk, and secure the backer rod with finishing nails.

Windows that don’t open

Weatherproofing decorative windows that don’t open is easy.  A bead of caulk will stop up any gaps.  Purchase a caulk in the color that best matches your trim or window frames.

Backer Rod for Large Gaps

backer rod weatherproofing

Windows that open

When you’re weatherproofing windows that open, you need to make sure that you don’t stick them shut.  For fire safety reasons, you still need to be able to open your windows.  Weather stripping is the best way to weatherproof your sliding windows.  Make sure to remove any old weatherproofing strips.  Firmly position the weather strip in the corner of the window and press it into the grooves.  Cut off the excess and remove the tape covering.  Your window is weatherproofed!

Need Some Help?

Contact Property Doctor and schedule weatherproofing service before the rain hits! Our skilled handymen can prep your home for the winter including weatherproofing, gutter cleaning, and any wall repair you may need to ward off the winter.