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Carpentry  /  July 13, 2022

4 Benefits of Weatherstripping Exterior Doors

Benefits of weather stripping exterior doors

Between a door and its frame, there is always a gap. This space is very small, perhaps barely noticeable to you, but it is enough to allow air to leak out and allow other unsavoury things to get in. For this reason, you probably want to have a carpenter in Calgary install weatherstripping around your exterior doors. 

Weatherstripping can sometimes be made of metal, but it is more commonly made of soft and pliable materials such as rubber, foam, vinyl or felt. Regardless of what it is made out of, it presents a barrier that prevents air leaks. This makes your home more energy-efficient, but there are other benefits of having weatherstripping installed. 

1. Improves Interior Air Quality

Weatherstripping is intended to prevent air from leaking out of your home. However, air can move in both directions. If it can get out of your home through the gaps around doors, then air from the outside can also get inside. Exterior air is likely to carry with it outside contaminants. These could be organic, such as pollen, or inorganic, such as exhaust fumes from the cars on the street. 

In either case, your HVAC system has to work even harder to filter out these pollutants once they build up on the air filter. By having weatherstripping installed around your doors, you are helping to keep these contaminants from getting inside, helping to ease the burden on your HVAC system. 

2. Negates Outside Noise

Your home is a place where you seek out peace and quiet. However, between vehicles on the road, sirens, lawnmowers, and children playing outside, your neighbourhood can be a very noisy place. In addition to blocking the transfer of air, weatherstripping also helps to soundproof your home against noise from the outside. If you feel that your tranquillity inside your home is being disrupted, have new weatherstripping installed by a carpenter in Calgary. You may be surprised by how big of a difference it ends up making. 

3. Keeps Pests Out of Your Home

Your door may seem like a solid, protective barrier when it is closed, and for most of the world, it is. However, some household pests, such as insects and spiders, are small enough to fit through even the very small gaps between the door and its frame. If this happens, you could have an infestation on your hands. 

Most insect pests are omnivorous scavengers, meaning that they eat whatever is available. If they get a whiff of food or water coming from your home through the gaps around your door, they are eager to come in and investigate. If they like what they find, they may take up permanent residence. Spiders eat insects, so they are likely to follow their prey inside the house. Spiders are generally less harmful than insect pests because, while they have venom to immobilize their prey, it is usually not strong enough to affect a human, and even then, the effects are rarely serious. Nevertheless, spiders are off-putting with their eight-legged, many-eyed appearance, and while the webs they spin to catch prey do not cause long-term damage, they can be very annoying. 

4. Prevents Moisture Buildup

Water has the ability to seep into even the smallest openings, including the gap between doors and their frames. If moisture makes it all the way inside, it can damage carpeting or upholstery. Even if it only collects in the gap, it can damage building materials. In either case, it can promote mould growth. Weatherstripping seals off the gaps to keep moisture outside where it belongs. 

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