Winter Checklist For Exterior Doors
October 27, 2009
If the wind is blowing, it may be time to do some winterizing of those exterior doors. It is possible to see a significant drop in your energy bills if you have a door that has a substantial air leak. Although most people do invest some time in checking their windows for leaks, too few take the time to check out their doors. After all, how do you winterize these areas?
Most traditional doors should have updates at least every 15 to 20 years or anytime that they have damage. If the door has significant denting, this is likely affecting the insulation within. Replace any door that is not repairable. Check to ensure the door opens and closes properly. It should close snuggly. If there are any gaps, or the door sticks when being closed, this may mean there are potential areas for air leaks.
Sliding Doors and French Doors
Your sliding door and French doors are a bit more difficult to protect in terms of winterization. Because of the way they move, and their exposure, you do need to tackle these doors more frequently. Look at the weather stripping around the door to ensure it is in place and not cracking. In addition, ensure the door closes properly. If you feel air coming through it, it may need adjusting.
Exterior doors have exposure to the weather consistently, which wears down these areas. If you do not take the time to winterize, you could find yourself feeling chilly sitting near the door. With a yearly inspection, you can ensure the doors are properly protecting you and helping you to keep energy costs low.