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5 Types of Weather Stripping Material

Sealing gaps around doors and windows can make your home feel warmer—and save you 10 to 15 percent on your energy bills. But with so many different types of weather stripping lining shelves at the hardware store, choosing the right one for a particular job can feel like a guessing game.

What Kind of Weather Stripping Do I Need?
To help with DIY weather stripping projects, we’ve broken down the most common options by material and profile so that you’ll know just what to install to chase away the chill.

1. V Strip (Tension Seal)
V strip, also known as tension seal, is a durable plastic or metal strip folded into a ‘V’ shape that springs open to bridge gaps.

Where It Goes
Along the sides of a double-hung or sliding window; on the top and sides of a door.

How to Install It
This DIY weather stripping is pretty easy to use. Just cut to desired length with scissors, then peel and stick, or install with finishing nails.

2. Felt
Felt is sold in rolls, either plain or reinforced with a pliable metal strip. Though inexpensive, it usually lasts only a year or two.

Where It Goes
Around a door or window sash; in the door’s jamb so that it compresses against the door.

How to Install It
Cut to the desired length with a utility knife, then staple or nail in place.

3. Foam Tape
Foam tape is made from open or closed-cell foam or EPDM rubber with a sticky back. This type of weather stripping is sold in varying widths and thicknesses, which makes it best for irregular-sized cracks.

Where It Goes
Top and bottom of window sashes; inside door frames.

How to Install It
Cut to length, and adhere where needed.

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