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How to Replace Weather Stripping

By: Douglas Trattner

Published: October 26, 2012 oh

When weather stripping on doors and windows gets worn out, cold air comes sneaking in. There are some ways in which individuals can replace weather stripping and stop air leaks themselves, which are mentioned below. However, if that does not work out, professionals can be called for replacement windows in Myrtle Beach or elsewhere to snip the problem at the bud.

Identifying Worn Weather Stripping

Weather stripping deteriorates due to age, friction, and exposure to the elements. It also can be damaged by people, pets, and pests. At least once each year, inspect your windows and doors to check for air leaks that indicate your weather stripping isn’t doing its job.

  1. Self-adhesive foam tape loses its grip over time, causing it to pull away from the door or window frame — or fall off completely. Foam also can lose its resilience, no longer springing up to fill the gap.

  2. Rubber and vinyl weather stripping becomes dry, brittle, and cracked. Over time, it can also lose its shape and effectiveness.

  3. Spring-metal V-shaped weather stripping bends out of shape, cracks in spots, and comes loose thanks to missing nails.

How to Remove Old Weather Stripping

For peel-and-stick-type weather stripping, simply pull the foam strips off the door or window by hand. Stripping that is fastened in place with nails or screws requires a more tedious process of locating and removing all the fasteners. However, if you believe it could cost more than installing new windows, you should choose the latter. Additionally, extremely c