Save on Energy Costs with Weatherstripping

Published: 10th May 2010
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Weatherizing is important as this prevents leakage of air from your homes. Every homeowner should do this as air leakage can lead to soaring energy bills. Certainly you wouldn't want this to happen as some of your usual expenses may end up being sacrificed just to make your home a comfortable place to stay in.

One of the best ways to weatherize a home is through weatherstripping. This is the process of sealing windows and doors with the use of various materials like vinyl, metal, felt, rubber or silicone. Every homeowner should be able to pick out the right material for weatherstripping as these materials have different wear and tear process that could be highly affected by the location. And of course, sustainability is an issue. Depending on the coldness or warmth of the area, one should find the right material so that it could sustain whatever factors affecting its functions.

A weatherstripping material should be installed properly to create a good seal. Only when there is complete blockage of air from passing through door gaps and windows, will you be able to experience great savings from your energy bills (also made possible by practicing other energy saving techniques).

Some of the weartherstripping materials commonly used are the following:

1. Tension seal: Otherwise known as the v-strip. It is made of vinyl, copper, aluminum, stainless steel. It is best used to fill in the gaps of double-hung windows, as well as the sliding ones. It is known to be durable and it can be greatly concealed when installed.

2. Felt: This is another type of weatherstrpping material that is made of metal. It is known to be flexible and installation involves nail-pounding or use of adhesives. It is recommended to use around the door jamb. It can also be used in windows. People use them because they are easy to install and economical.

3. Non-porous tape: It can be closed or open cell foam. It is recommended to be used on window sashes, hatches of attics and other forms of windows. It is best used when installed in places, where it can be compressed.

4 Vinyl: It can be rolled or reinforced. It is best used on door or window stops, sashes or bottom part of the door. It is self-adhesive and visible when installed.

5. Reinforced silicone: Otherwise known as the tubular gasket. It can be used on door jambs or window stops. It does a very good sealing job.

There are types of weatherstripping materials that have not been mentioned in here. As mentioned above, where you are located must be factored in choosing the material to use. Aside from that, the part of the window or door must also be taken into consideration in the selection process.

There will always be the right weatherstripping material that suits your needs. Always follow manufacturer's guidelines if you opt to do a DIY installation. On the other hand, if you are not comfortable doing it on your own, it is best you hire a pro to do it for you.

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