I have lived in my share of drafty homes in my life. I have gone through the trouble of putting that “air-tight” plastic on the inside of the windows (that you use a hairdryer with) and even, in a really crappy cabin, put plastic on the outside of the home to double-barrier the windows. That was an extreme case and gave me an incredible case of cabin-fever! There are other culprits for drafty homes and your doorways are the next big one. With a couple simple and inexpensive tips, you can seal up your home a bit and save some cash on heating this winter. Let’s look at a few of them.
The first option is weatherstripping. This goes around the door casing and is cut to size for each portion of the frame. The biggest immediate advantage of this is you can actually feel the seal when you close the door. In general weatherstripping is considered “taking a big swing” at the problem and provides that exact same result. While it is not the most detailed or “fine” solution for drafty doors, it will get you started in the right direction. If after you install the product and you can still see small gaps of light peeking through, move on to the next step.
Caulking is the next step in sealing up your Fort Collins CO home and the installation is nearly as simple as weatherstripping. Once you have identified the gaps, use the caulking to seal those last few leaks and complete the “DIY” portion of this project. You will need a caulking gun (obviously) and the folks at the hardware store can point you in the right direction of the type you should be using. If you are like me, once you are done with the doors, you will inevitably find other projects for this great product. Basically anywhere you see light (or feel air) coming through the home around windows and doors, it can be used very effectively.
The last option is the installation of a door sweep. These can be tricky to install since you are relying on your floors being level and the door swinging level. Some install on the inside of the door and some install on the exterior. Be sure to spend the extra money and get the ones that are adjustable at the bottom. Almost all doors have an internal wooden frame, so screwing these into place is a breeze. Be sure to drill your holes first though to avoid damaging your door and allowing further gaps.