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Home Improvement  /  January 16, 2019

How to Identify and Replace Worn-Out Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping keeps your doors and windows tightly sealed, and protects your home against air leaks. Therefore, you need to make sure that the weatherstripping is always in good condition. Handyman Connection® of Mason shares how you can inspect and replace worn-out weatherstripping in your home.

How to Identify Worn-Out Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping deteriorates due to several factors, age and exposure to the elements among them. The rate of deterioration differs per manufacturer, so you may need to inspect your doors and windows at least once a year. Begin your inspection by checking the adhesive backing, as some types tend to deteriorate faster than the weatherstripping material itself. Then, inspect the weatherstripping itself, and test if it’s still flexible. If it’s still, misshapen, or cracked, then you will definitely need new weatherstripping.

Remove the Old Weatherstripping

Most types of weatherstripping are peel-and-stick types, and should be easy to peel off. Remove adhesive residue by scraping it using a thin piece of plastic, by rubbing it with your fingers, or using window cleaner or a similar water-soluble product. Avoid using WD-40 or other oil-based products as it may make it difficult to install new weatherstripping. Make sure the surfaces are clean before proceeding with installation.

Buying and Installing New Weatherstripping

There are several kinds of weatherstripping that you should consider. In addition to the inexpensive adhesive-backed foam weatherstripping with a P-shaped profile, consider the V-shaped style for tight-fitting windows and doors. It comes in rolls of peel-and-stick foam, or in lengths of metal installed using fasteners. The latter is more expensive, but lasts much longer than foam ones.

Before you install the weatherstripping material, make sure the installation areas on the door or window frames are clean, dry, and dust-free. Check the packaging for the ideal installation temperatures, as some materials shrink and expand depending on the weather. Do not peel the backing and expose the adhesive all the way. Instead, peel just one small pare, make sure it’s properly attached, then proceed a few inches at a time. If your windows have removable or tilt-in sashes, get them out of the way before installation. If you’re not confident doing this, hire a handyman to perform the installation.

Handyman Connection of Mason is your number one provider of handyman services, including most installations. Give us a call at (513) 733-3777 or fill out our contact form.



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