How to Stop Door Drafts Around Entry Doors

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Do you have cold air drafts or even warm air coming through your entry doors? I can see why you’re here, cold drafts and warm drafts not only ruin your comfort in your home, but they skyrocket your energy bill, and you don’t like throwing away money, right?

In this article, we are going to show you how to fix that, so you can feel confident blocking door drafts, regaining your comfort, and appeasing your wallet.

Temporary Fixes

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Look, I get it, not everybody is a handy fella who’s ready to just start tearing apart their doors themselves, or maybe you don’t have the time, or maybe you’re just not ready to hire a professional door company like Your New Door. Here are some quick tips to stop the drafts ASAP until you’re ready to take it up a notch.

First off, you’re gonna need some sort of door draft stopper, whether the draft is at the bottom of the door, or on the sides or top. The easiest way to tell this, is to close the door from the inside, take a step back, and just look at the door. Many times, when the door is draft, it’s because the door is out of alignment, so you’re gonna see that it’s a little crooked in the frame, and if it’s bad enough, you’ll actually be able to see light from the outside peeking through the gaps between the door and the frame. This makes it easy to identify where the outside world is sneaking into your home.

If the draft is on the bottom of the door, you’re gonna want to try something like a door snake. Door snakes are door draft stoppers that are specifically fabricated for blocking drafts at the bottom of entry doors, they like a tube that is meant to be laid on the inside of your door so that air can’t pass through.

Side note: if you’re having window drafts along the bottom of your windows, you can probably use a door snake there as well!

Bonus tip: if you don’t wanna pay for a door snake, or wait for one to arrive if you order it online, then you can always just use a rolled up towel, it works the same way!

If your drafts are around the sides or top of your door, I would recommend using some sort of foam tape. You can easily open your door, stick in some thicker foam tape, and let the door shut, and that will give you a much more snug fit that will prevent air from leaking in.

Keep in mind, these are all temporary fixes, don’t rely on this long term, this is just to get you by until you’re ready to do everything I lay out below, or just call a door company to do it the right way (especially if your door is crooked, you probably need a door reset at minimum)

Preparing for Door Draft Removal

Before you start removing the door draft, make sure you have all the tools and materials you need ready to go. First, collect all your tools. You will need:

  • a screwdriver
  • a utility knife
  • a measuring tape
  • and maybe a pry bar if you need it for your door.

Keep your new door draft materials close by, but don’t open them yet. Getting ready like this is important because it helps you avoid delays when you start working.

Make sure your work area is clean and there’s nothing around the door that could get in the way or cause an accident. This good setup will help you finish the job faster and easier.

Removing Old Weather Stripping

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Start taking off the old weather stripping by using a utility knife or a flat pry bar to carefully pull it from the door frame. This first step helps make your door stop drafts and save energy. Here’s an easy guide:

  1. Carefully Insert the Tool: Put the knife blade or pry bar edge under the weather stripping. Make sure not to scratch the door frame.
  2. Lift the Stripping: Gently use the tool to lift the stripping off the frame. Do this along the whole length to remove it evenly.
  3. Remove the Stripping: After loosening it, grab the end of the stripping and gently pull to take it off completely.
  4. Clean the Surface: Clean the area where the stripping was to get rid of any sticky glue or bits left behind, making it ready for new weather stripping.

Cutting Old Brads

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After removing the old weather stripping, you need to handle the old brads next. You can either cut them off or push them back into the groove with an old chisel. It’s important to manage these small metal fasteners correctly to ensure a smooth area for the new installation.

If you decide to cut the brads, use strong wire cutters or snips. Carefully trim each brad close to the surface. Or, you can use a dull chisel to push the brads flat against the door frame, stopping them from getting in the way of the new weather stripping.

This step, although small, is crucial for stopping drafts effectively.

Installing New Weather Stripping

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To put in new weather stripping, start by measuring the door frame where the old one was taken off. Choose the right kind of weather stripping for your door, because different types are better for different doors and weather conditions.

Here is a simple guide to help you install your new weather stripping:

  1. Cut to Size: Cut the new weather stripping to fit your measurements. Use sharp scissors or a utility knife to make a clean cut.
  2. Place It Right: Line up the weather stripping on the frame so it fits tightly and leaves no gaps.
  3. Fix It: Attach the stripping with nails or glue, based on what the instructions say.
  4. Check for Leaks: Shut the door to see if there are any drafts. Fix any spots where air can get through.

Replacing Door Sweep

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Replacing door sweeps is a key step in stopping drafts and making your front doors more energy efficient. Start by taking off the old sweep, which might be fixed with screws, staples, or glue.

Gently remove it and clean any leftover residue from the bottom edge of the door. Measure the width of your door to ensure you buy the right size new sweep.

To install the new sweep, line it up with the bottom of the door. If you need to screw it on, make holes first to avoid splitting the door. For sweeps that stick on, use a strong glue that can handle changes in temperature and being stepped on.

This easy change can really help make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy costs.

Adjusting the Door Threshold

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Adjusting the door threshold helps make sure your door seals tightly and works smoothly. Here’s a simple way to adjust your door threshold:

  1. Find the Adjustment Screws: These screws are usually on the threshold. They help you move the threshold up or down.
  2. Change Height: Use a No. 3 Phillips screwdriver. Turn the screws to the right to lift the threshold, or to the left to lower it.
  3. Check the Door: Close the door to see how it fits. Make sure there are no gaps and the door isn’t scraping the floor.
  4. Look for Drafts: After adjusting, close the door and check for any air coming through. Keep adjusting until there are no drafts.

Finishing Touches and Cleanup

After adjusting the door threshold, start cleaning up. First, gather all the tools and materials you used.

Next, sweep or vacuum the area to remove any small pieces like nails or bits of insulation that could hurt someone later.

Make sure the new weather stripping and door sweep are properly aligned and tight with no gaps. If you used any glue, clean off any extra to make it look neat.

Lastly, take a step back and look at your work, feeling proud of a job well done that will make your home more energy-saving and comfortable.

Maintenance Tips for Door Seals

To keep your door seals working well and lasting long, it’s important to check and take care of them often. Here are some simple steps to help you look after your door seals:

  1. Check Seals Often: Look at your door seals every few months to see if they are damaged or worn out. Check for any cracks, gaps, or loose parts.
  2. Clean the Seals: Dirt can stop door seals from working right. Clean them softly with a soft cloth and some mild soapy water.
  3. Replace Bad Seals: If you see big damage, change the seals right away to keep out drafts and save on energy.
  4. Make Sure Everything Lines Up: Check that your doors and seals line up right. If they don’t, it can make the seals wear out faster.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Foam Insulation Instead of Weather Stripping?

Foam insulation is good for many things, but it’s not usually the best choice to replace weather stripping on doors. Weather stripping is made to fit tightly and stop drafts very well. Foam insulation might not be as exact or last as long in this use.

It’s better to use materials made just for sealing doors to make sure they work well and save energy.

Are There Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Traditional Weather Stripping?

Yes, there are eco-friendly choices instead of regular weather stripping for sealing doors and windows. Materials like silicone, felt, and rubber from recycled tires work well to keep out drafts and are better for the environment.

Also, using draft stoppers made from reused or eco-friendly fabrics can help too. These options not only stop drafts but also help protect our environment.

How Often Should Weather Stripping Be Replaced?

Weather stripping is like car tires and needs to be changed regularly to work best. Usually, you should replace it every three to five years. However, the time can change depending on what it’s made of and how much it is exposed to things like very hot or cold weather and frequent use.

Checking it often can help you see if it is cracked, hard, or coming off. If you notice these signs, it’s time to replace it to keep your home warm and to save energy.

Will New Weather Stripping Affect Door Warranty?

Adding new weather stripping usually won’t change your door’s warranty, but it’s a good idea to look at the warranty details from your door’s maker.

Some warranties may have rules about changes or fixing things, so checking this first can help make sure your warranty is still good.

If you’re not sure, talking to the door maker or a professional who puts in doors can help clear things up.

Can I Install Weather Stripping on a Sliding Door?

Yes, you can put weather stripping on a sliding door. It’s like wrapping a window with a warm scarf in winter.

Start by cleaning the door tracks. Then measure where you need to put the stripping. Make sure to pick a type of stripping that works well with sliding doors.

This helps the door slide smoothly and keeps out cold air. Adding weather stripping can really help make your home more comfortable.

Conclusion

To sum it up, knowing how to stop door drafts around entry doors makes your home more comfortable and saves energy. It’s like finishing a puzzle when you add new weather stripping and a door sweep to your door. These steps block out the cold and heat.

Keeping everything in good shape means your home stays warm and free from drafts. By doing these things, your front door will keep your home cozy and save on energy, making your house more inviting.

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