Weather Stripping Protects, Insulates Homes
Weather stripping is a small, but important part of the home for many reasons. It prevents the elements like wind, rain, and humidity from getting into your home, and also helps keep out insects and vermin; all of which can be detrimental to the long-term upkeep of a structure. With access to door and window jambs, moisture and water can cause significant damage and, in serious cases, impact structural elements of a home.
This interior/exterior trim molding also offers financial savings. In forming a seal around what would otherwise be points for air to enter and exit your home, heating and cooling efficiency is increased. The drafts in unsealed homes tax your systems, making them work more than they would otherwise have to, counteracting hot, humid air in the summer, and bitter, cold air in the winter. Their treated air can escape from these areas just as easily as untreated air can enter, so it works both ways.
Weather stripping is typically a crosslinked foam product. This forms a compressible material between surfaces that still offers enough resistance to form the seal. Soft, resilient material as stripping means the foam pushes against the door and/or window and its respective jamb when they are closed. Weather stripping also can benefit a building on a structural level. Foam rubber stripping is shock-absorbing, preventing the damage that can occur from repeated slams of windows or doors. This can damage the windows and doors just as easily as their frames. Cushioning foam barriers also help quiet the impact of shutting doors and windows. And while this particular benefit may not produce any physical savings, the peace of mind it offers has a value of its own.