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06/03/2020
The weatherstrips in your windows and doors get worn down after some time and need to be replaced. Learn how to replace them effectively and keep your home safe with this post by Walker & Frick Construction Co. in Richmond, VA.

The weatherstrips are narrow pieces of plastics that are placed along windows and doors to help them shut completely and keep your home sealed. Simple as they may be, those weatherstrips do a lot more for your house, safety, and wallet than you know. For one, they help keep water, bugs and small animales, and the changing weather out of your home. Moreover, they can insulate your home from outside noise and may even save you some money on your electric bills because of the protection they provide agains the outside weather. Still, time, use, the sun, and other harsh elements can take a toll on your weatherstrips and wear them out. This means that they are rendered useless and won't be able to provide the protection you and your home need from them. At such point, they will need to be replaced. If you notice that the weatherstrips around your home are due a replacement but are unsure on how to go about it, worry not. In this post, you will find simple steps to follow to provide this maintenance job on your own.

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How to Replace Old Weather Stripping

Get Rid of the Old WeatherStrips

The whole point of this tutorial is to replace the weatherstrips so you can keep your home protected so, of course, the first step will be to get rid of the old ones. To that end, you first need to learn what kind of weatherstrips you have on and how they're attached to your windows and doors: be it with glue or with nails and screws. If your weatherstrips are glued down, this step is easier, since you will only have to peel them off. To make that happen, you can simply look for a loose spot and start pulling on it. If you find it hard to get it off, you can make use a blunt object to separate it. If, on the other hand, your weatherstripping is nailed or screw down, you will have to use a hammer or a screwdriver to remove it correctly. Go one by one until you get them all off. Then, you can simply grab it and lift it off.

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Prepare for the Replacement

To make sure that the replacement will be placed correctly and will stay in place for a long time, you will need to do some prep work. For starters, you will have to clean the surface area where you'll be putting them down thoroughly. This will help you get rid of any gunk under there and will ensure that the new strip will grab on firmly to the area. If the strips are nailed down, fill in the holes that were left by the old nails (be sure to keep those nails and screws so you can reuse them), so they won't slip around.

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Time for Some New Strips

Last but not least, the moment we've all been waiting for: it's time to put the new strips on your doors and windows. If you want to do a good job at it, the first step would be to read their instructions thoroughly so you can place them correctly from the get go. Once you've done that, test where you'll be placing them to ensure that the windows and doors open and close comfortably with them in there. If they don't, you will need a smaller strip. You will also need to measure the area well so you can start cutting the weatherstrips and have them fit the area perfectly. Finally, you will just have to attach the new weatherstrip in its rightful place (be it with nails/screws or with the glue).

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