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How To Change Weatherstripping On Windows

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As windows age, they inevitably become less efficient. This is especially true with movable and sliding windows, because the insulation can wear down over time. This is usually due to the friction between the window sash and frame caused by constant opening and closing. If you walk by a window and feel a slight breeze or cool pocket of air, you might just need to update the weatherstripping. Luckily, you can change your own weatherstripping and instantly make the fixture more energy efficient. This is a simple remodel that is quick and easy for anybody to do.

Removing the Old Stripping

The hardest and most annoying part of the job might be removing the old weatherstripping. You will want to get several scrapers to get the adhesive off of the window. A painter's knife is often the most useful tool. You might also need a utility knife and some gunk removing chemicals. If you are lucky, the stripping will peel right off of the window with just your fingers. Try this first, and then get out the other tools. If you apply gunk remover to the stripping, and let it soak in for a full hour, it will be much easier to scrape away. Just be careful to not scratch the window frame or remove any paint. When the adhesive is off of the frame you should give it a thorough cleaning with a basic household cleaner.

Applying the New Stripping

Simple adhesive-backed weatherstripping tape is the most practical when it comes to movable windows. Applying the weatherstripping is very easy if you are careful and work slowly. First, cut the strip to the right length. Only apply the stripping to one edge of a window at once. Do not pull the adhesive backing away until you are ready to apply it. Peel away the two inches and stick it onto the window. Then, peel away the rest as you stick it to the window. Use the utility knife to cut the weatherstripping when you get to the corner.

Adding Insulation and Saving Money

Upgrading your weatherstripping is a great way to increase the insulation of your windows. It will make it much easier to keep your home interior at the desired temperature. This small upgrade might even end up saving you a good amount of money through your decreased monthly utility bills. You will surely see the benefits during the summer and the winter.


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