Winter seems to be knocking early this year. Temperatures in the deep south are colder than we are used to for this season. I mean, we normally wear shorts on Thanksgiving! But, here I am sharing how to winterize your home during a freeze advisory.
Walking by my front door a few days ago, I noticed a crack of light shining through when the door was supposed to be closed. I gave the door a shove only to find that the door was indeed shut all the way.
Imagine me… Not a happy person. Where there is light shining around a closed door or window, there is money flying out into the cold air!
So, I visited my local Lowe’s store and was surprised to find that supplies for winterizing your home are cheaper that you think. So inexpensive, in fact, that you are probably wasting more money each week by NOT buying them than you would if you bought them today.
Winterizing your front door is simple too.
Winterizing Your Front Door
Purchase an insulated “kerf” weatherstrip from your local hardware store. For us, the vinyl-covered foam strip cost less than $5. Actually, it was barely over $4! I was stunned.
So, once home with your insulated strip, pull the existing string from the space between the door’s facing and frame. You will notice a small space called the “kerf.”
Then, slide the ridged edge of the new insulated strip into the kerf.
Press the ridge into the crack all the way down the door.
Our door was slightly shorter than the vinyl-covered foam strip but it was simple to cut with a plain pair of scissors. I did not even measure. I just trimmed a little, checked it, and trimmed a little more.
Remember, you can always cut more off but you cannot get an effective seal if you cut off too much. Start with a little at a time.
No glue is required. No caulk. Just the string of weather stripping and about two minutes.
Now all I need is a new coat of paint!
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