Installing Door Weather Seal Tape
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Installing Door Weather Seal Tape

Installing door weather seal tape is an easy DIY project anyone can do to improve the energy consumption in your home and make your living areas more comfortable.

Old houses are especially susceptible to draughts. Installing drought proofing around doors is a great way to make your home more energy efficient for both the winter and summer saving you money.

Choosing Weather Seals

There are two types of weather seal to choose from; rubber and brush.  The rubber weather seal can get brittle over time and is less attractive but it is effective. The brush weather seal can also wear back as you open and close the door but it is less likely to become brittle.

Both types will need to be replaced every few years for maximum energy efficiency but they are relatively cheap to buy.  They can be purchased in different colours to match your door trim.

When deciding how thick you will need it to be, it is best to measure the biggest gap between the door and the door surround when the door is closed.  The thickness will need to be larger than the biggest gap to get a good seal but not so thick that you can’t close the door.

Measuring the door gap for the thickness of the weather seal tape.

Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Scissors
  • 5m (5.5 yards) Weather Seal – You can buy weather seal from Amazon. Try this top rated product. (Paid link)

Instructions

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Install Door Weather Seal Tape

  1. Clean the Surface

    First clean the surface where the weather seal is to be installed then let it dry.

  2. Square the End

    Make sure the end of the seal tape is cut square then peel back a little of the backing tape.

  3. Install the Tape

    Start at one top corner pushing the end into the corner and pressing down firm.  Slowly work your way down the doorframe pushing the tape into the corner then pressing down firmly. Remove the backing tape as you go until you reach the floor.

    Installing door weather seal tape into the door jam.

  4. Press Down Firm

    Cut off straight so the seal ends right at the floor level to prevent draughts. Press it down right along to ensure it has stuck in place then do the other side of the door frame starting at the top and working your way down.

  5. Install the Top Seal Tape

    Next install the seal along the top of the frame by butting up the seal against the one going down.  Do not overlap the tape. As before, remove the backing tape as you press the seal into the corner and against the frame.  Cut to fit as close as possible to the seal on the other side then press down firmly.

    The draught proof weather seal installed.

All done!

Tip

Your door may be a little tight to close at first but it will become easier over time as the seal wears to the shape of the door.

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Looking for more ways to save energy? Try this guide to the Quickest Way to Reheat Food, Cleaning Air-conditioner Filters, Installing Ceiling Insulation or Staying Cool on Hot Days.

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