Weatherstripping is the process used by homeowners to seal up air leaks around the home, especially before cold or hot seasons approach and an airtight seal is needed for the maximum airtight protection. The term is also used to refer to the materials used in this process, which can be rubber, plastic, felt, vinyl, wood, metal, foam, or some kind of polymer.
Since there are so many different kinds of basic weatherstripping, it can be a little bewildering when you’re trying to decide just which kind would be best suited for your home. There are many different kinds of materials that are used, and the pricing is different for all of them.
Kinds of weatherstripping
One popular and relatively inexpensive type is called the ‘V-Strip’, a plastic strip folded into a ‘V’ shape, which upon installation unfolds into a window or door gap to fill in any opening. Felt strips reinforced with a pliant metal strip function the same way, and are installed in a similar way, i.e. cutting a length off and filling a gap.
Irregular gaps are handled best by foam tape, which gets its name from the open or closed-cell foam it is usually composed of. One very common form of weatherstripping that most people have used without even knowing it, is the simple door sweep. This is a piece of almost any material like vinyl, aluminum, plastic, stainless steel – in a pinch, even an old towel – that can be lodged against the opening at the bottom of a door to stop incoming drafts.
One of the most effective materials for basic weatherstripping is tubular rubber, vinyl, or silicone, which is mounted on a thin strip of metal or wood. Its effectiveness stems from the fact it is such a good barrier against air and drafts.
Whenever you’re in the Phoenix or Scottsdale areas of Arizona, we at Wolff Mechanical would be delighted to have you stop in and discuss any issues you might have with home comfort. You can also contact us through our website, and we’ll get back to you right away.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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