It’s important to take care of all wooden doors, especially wooden front doors. As you can imagine, wooden front doors are the most exposed to the elements, providing protection from weather, noise, protecting your home from burglary and insulating you from cold. Naturally, if your front doors are made from wood, then they’ll be exposed to damp and cold and this can have a detrimental effect on the door. Draught exclusion is the goal then as one reliable method of keeping the cold and damp out where it belongs.
We’re going to be talking about weatherproofing wooden front doors and we hope you find it useful.
Sealing External Frame
There should be no gaps around the edge, otherwise it allows draughts in. Therefore, fill up these gaps with building foam or perhaps sand, silicone or cement. You can go over it with paint.
If there’s a rubber seal, check that it’s still working and if it does need replacing you can buy rubber seal at a reasonable price at most hardware stores. It’s also quite easy to replace.
Especially brush draught excluders that can be reasonably bought and can be mounted to the bottom of the door. They’re good at preventing draughts although perhaps not great at preventing water from getting through.
Drop Down Seals
Installed at the bottom edge of door these can’t been seen from the outside or from the inside either. These may be a little better than the brush draught excluders as they prevent water, smoke, fire, air and water from seeping through.
There are different varieties of seals and draught excluders as we’ve seen and they are all of varying price and quality. Although some of them can be used for external doors, most are used on internal ones, therefore it would probably be best to use something with stronger rubber seals on the base of external wooden doors.
These are good for stopping draughts and cold coming through and are effective at draining water so it will drop on to the sill or threshold outside. Placing them at the edge of the door is best where they are at their most effective. They are also cheap to buy.
Always check keyholes, letter boxes and any other gaps you can spot. This is a really good way of preventing draughts from getting in, so if you deal with this as well as installing weather bars, rubber or drop down seals, or simple draught excluders, you should be in a position to successfully weatherproof your door.
If you need any more help with this then why not get in touch with us here at The Replacement Door Company, and one of our team will be more than happy to help.