Preparing Estate Homes in Brampton for Winter with Weather Stripping
With winter right around the corner, you’re doubtlessly looking for ways to keep your house warm and your heating bills down. Weather stripping will help to keep your home comfortable and reduce your heating bill by 10% to 15%.
But looking at your choices of weather stripping when you arrive at the hardware store can leave you feeling confused. As the leading provider of affordable homes in Brampton, Bremont Homes uses only the best materials for our new homes in Brampton and other communities in Southern Ontario and we recommend our customers do the same.
Here are just a few tips you can follow if you’re looking for weather stripping for our estate homes in Brampton:
1. V-strip: Also known as tension seal, this durable plastic or metal strip can be folded into a v-shape and springs open to fill in any gaps. Installing it is simple: just cut it to the desired length, peel, apply it, and hold it in place with finishing nails.
2. Felt: This can be found in rolls and it is either plain or reinforced with a metal strip. It’s often sold in bulk because it typically only lasts for a year or two. The felt goes around the door’s jamb or sash and like v-strip it can be cut to the desired length and nailed or stapled in place.
3. Foam tape: This is probably the easiest material to install, since it has an adhesive back. Simply cut it to length and attach it where needed, which is typically window sashes and inside door frames. It is made from closed cell foam of EPDM rubber and it is sold in varying thickness. Foam tape is best used for irregular cracks.
4. Door sweeps: These flat pieces of metal, plastic, or stainless steel go along the bottom of the door and come with a strip of nylon, plastic, vinyl, or a sponge to fill the space between the door and the threshold. Sweeps can be cut to the desired length and held in place with screws.
5. Tubular rubber, vinyl, or silicone: These materials provide an effective, airtight barrier. Those made of narrow sponge rubber or vinyl tubing come attached to a wood or metal mounting strip, while silicone is used for milled grooves. They are typically used around windows, at the base of a door, or in the space between the door and the jamb and can either be peeled and stuck to the door or nailed to it. Silicone material, however, is a bit more involved and needs to be pressed into a channel you create with a router.
Before you go to the hardware store, do your research on the best kinds and don’t hesitate to ask the store clerk if you have any questions. And remember the old saying: “you get what you pay for.” When it comes to keeping our affordable homes in Brampton warm, we at Bremont Homes tell our customers it’s better to pay more and get quality material for weather stripping. We use only the best for our new homes in Brampton, and you should too!
Vaglica, S., “The Essential Guide to Weather Stripping,” This Old House website; http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20441335,00.html, last accessed October 7, 2014.