Your Guide for Choosing the Perfect Weatherstripping


You read online that you can shave some money off your energy bills every month and make your home more comfortable and less drafty by using weatherstripping to seal gaps around doors and windows. So you drive to the hardware store and stroll up and down the aisles in search of the weatherstripping section. Once you find it, you see a number of different options on the shelves. Uh oh. Which one should you choose? Instead of taking a shot in the dark, use this article as a guide for picking out the right kind of weatherstripping for your doors and windows.


Types of Weatherstripping

Here are the most common types of weatherstripping you're likely to find on the shelves at your hardware or home improvement store. Use weatherstripping around moveable components of doors and windows.


This is a low cost option, but it typically only lasts 1-2 years before it needs to be replaced. Look for felt weatherstripping that is reinforced with a flexible metal strip. Cut the strip of felt to the right length, and place it around window sashes and doorjambs. Felt is easy to install and can be stapled or nailed down into place. Warning: don’t use felt if you have moisture problems or frequently find condensation around your windows or doors.


You can find vinyl, silicone, and rubber versions of tubular weatherstripping. Tubular weatherstripping can effectively keep out drafts that sweep under the base of a door or between a door and its jamb. It also makes a good air barrier when placed at the top and bottom of a window sash.

V Strip

Also known as tension seal, this type of weatherstripping is best suited for double hung and sliding windows. You can find it in plastic or metal. V strips are strong and durable. Place the strip along the sides of your windows and on the tops and sides of doors.


You’ll find three types of tape at the store: EPDM rubber, open-cell foam, and closed-cell foam. Tape comes in various sizes and thicknesses, so you can use it in abnormally shaped areas. Use on the tops and bottoms of window sashes, around doorframes, and in any other irregularly shaped areas or cracks. Tape is inexpensive and easy to install. 

Door Sweep

You’ve probably seen this type of weatherstripping before. Door sweeps are composed of a piece of nylon, vinyl, sponge, felt, or plastic fitted into a strip of stainless steel or aluminum. Use screws to install a door sweep at the bottom of your door to keep out drafts.


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