Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tom3 The felt weatherstripping on my exterior doors no longer work as intended. They have become brittle and cracked and do not sit up against the door as they used to.
At first I purchased the peel and stick type weatherstripping that goes between the stop trim on the jamb and the door. I never liked this because it made the door harder to latch and lock.
The aluminum and vinyl stripping worked much better for me. It goes where the old felt weatherstripping was so I first had to remove that. Pretty easy to do with a pair of pliers and a small putty knife.
Attaching the weatherstripping was easy. It comes with all the screws you need to attach it. You just have to trim it to size with a hacksaw or tin snips. When I cut mine, I cut the aluminum to size (including leaving space for the peice(s) that touch it) but I left the vinyl part a little longer on each end so I could make sure I got a very tight fit. I trimmed it to the exact length with a pair of scissors before screwing it in. This may be hard to visualize but once you have it in your hand and start cutting the aluminum I think it will be clearer.
The slots for the screws leave room for adjustment. You need to make sure you have the vinyl part touching the front of the door enough to the air out. Put you also need to make sure it is not pressing up too hard against the door to prevent the latch and deadbolt to work. Kind of like penny locking a dorm door. Make sure you lock and deadbolt the door before installing. If you have a hard time unlocking the deadbolt, adjust the weatherstripping so it doesn't press against the door too hard.
A little more expensive than the foam or rubber weatherstrip, but this is much nicer and worth the money.
February 11, 2008