How To Fix A Drafty Door Without Spending A Fortune

Old homes often still have the historic windows and doors that add a touch of charm -- and often some big drafts of air. There are a number of window insulation kits at the hardware stores but doors might seem like a larger hurdle particularly if the door has its own window. But there are a few simple tricks that can help you eliminate door drafts without you having to spend a fortune on door repair:

Door Draft Snake

A door draft snake -- also called a door draft blocker -- is a long stuffed tube that you can position along the bottom interior of your door. The snake is usually covered in fabric but stuffed with a material that's soft enough to be somewhat flexible but is also able to block out the wind. The draft snakes work well on doors that aren't used as often since it's cumbersome to constantly move the tube.

So this is a great idea for a back door or secondary front door that's letting in drafts of air in the crack right under the door. Snakes are relatively cheap or you can make one if you're crafty. There are numerous patterns online and you can then stuff the snake with rice for a cheap wind blocker that will also soak up small bits of moisture that sneak through.

Weather Stripping Tape

Weather stripping tape comes in a bunch of varieties but the clear kind is best for a commonly used door that people can see from the common areas of your home. You can apply the weather stripping similarly to painter's tape. Press the tape along any cracks along the edges of the door where air can seep through.

Don't put the tape on the side where the door closes into the frame unless you don't plan on using that door until spring or want to replace the tape every couple of days. If you don't use the door, feel free to tape up that side. Or go a step further and use thicker foam weather stripping tape. It isn't as attractive as clear tape, but this doesn't really matter if the drafty door is hidden from the view of guests.

Weather Stripping Sheets

Weather stripping sheets are essentially large sheets of plastic that go over the entire door and are then taped tightly in place with the weather stripping tape. This works to prevent air from coming through both the cracks and the composite material itself. Obviously, this isn't going to work for a door you need to use in the winter.

But the sheets can still come in handy on a frequently used door that has a window. Apply sheeting firmly over the window using a blow dryer to make the plastic cling to the glass. You can then tape it in place. To learn more, contact a company like Crawford Door Sales Of Nevada Ltd with any questions or concerns you have.


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