Before winter brings its cold, ice and snow to your doorstep, it’s time to prepare your home’s entries and exits. From weather stripping to reglazing, there are ways you can properly prepare your doors for the brutal onslaught of winter. Without this preparation, you could experience less comfort, more drafts and higher heating bills this season.
With drafty windows and doors allowing up to 40% of your home’s energy to escape, this is a task you should never ignore. Here are some tips.
Check/Replace Weather Stripping
Refreshing or adding new weather stripping around your doors will keep out frigid winter air. Take a look at all weather stripping on exterior doors and replace if needed. Head to your local home improvement store to pick up a weather stripping kit which typically comprises two side strips, a top strip and fasteners.
Replace Damaged Caulking
If you see cracks, missing chunks or discoloration around your doors, caulking is an affordable, yet temporary solution to fill those gaps. It does get damaged and experiences cracking over time, so this is a good time to check it. Replace the damaged caulking – a fairly easy DIY project you can take on this weekend. Check your windows while you’re at it.
Consider repainting your dull and dingy door with a fresh pop of color. This will cover up any exposed spots that could worsen with the weather if not protected. This is a temporary measure, and you should consider door replacement in the spring if your paint is peeling that badly.
Another way to conserve energy is to take a look at your windows, which are another point of entry for winter’s cold air. Reglazing is the process of replacing the hardened putty that offers a weathertight seal between the door material and the glass. It can get cracked, misshapen or even fall off over time, opening up the possibility for moisture damage and rot.
Perform Maintenance on Locks
This is a good time to check the locks on your entry doors. Are any loose? Broken? Stuck? If the lock is loose, your door is too. Even the best doors don’t offer much protection if the locking mechanisms are failing. Fix all compromised locks now if they’re broken, or consider replacing the door altogether – that’s because a loose lock often means the door’s shape has naturally changed and shifted over the years and is no longer an effective barrier.
Replace the Old Door
If you have already tried these solutions in the past but they haven’t been working, or if your existing wood door is starting to rot, it may be time to replace the door altogether. Rescom Exteriors has a variety of beautiful, stylish and durable Bristol entry doors to choose from.
To learn more about door prep for the winter or to order a brand new door, call Rescom Exteriors today at 508-832-5202.