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If you realise that you need new seals for your garage door or windows, the discussion likely arose from wanting to protect the contents of your garage from the elements or pests.
Buying your garage door seals is a step in the right direction, but purchasing the wrong rubber door seals or incorrectly fitting them makes the task unproductive.
Brush strips or window weatherstripping are incredibly useful in halting vermin, spiders and insects from entering through the gaps under your garage doors and windows. Brush strips also protect against rainwater, cold air, snow and draughts, but an ill-fitting door seal or window seal might see all these efforts failed.
There are many different types of weatherstripping on the market. Many people are under the misconception that it is a one-size-fits-all product and so they often order a product that isn’t suitable for their door or window.
Different circumstances require different metals or flexibilities, for example, which is why it is essential to choose the weatherstripping products specific to your specifications.
Below, we have listed some popular variants of door and window seal that are available when you choose to weatherstrip your home, commercial or industrial property:
Door brushes are among the most commonly used door seals in domestic and commercial circumstances. A door brush, also known as a brush strip, is comprised of an aluminium or stainless steel carrier with a brush made typically from plastic, vinyl or sponge.
Best used on the bottom of interior or exterior swinging doors, the easy-to-install under door seals are excellent draught excluders and to prevent pests or external elements from entering the home - or for use as an industrial door seal on any industrial or commercial premise.
Felt door weatherstripping is a low-cost solution for concerns with your doors or windows, mainly used in residential circumstances as a draught excluder. You can purchase felt window and door seals in a range of thicknesses, widths and colours to suit all frames. You will need to secure felt seals in place with nails or glue, but nails are the most popular installation method.
The downfall of felt is that it is possibly the least effective door or window seal with regards to airflow management. Therefore, you should always try to avoid use in circumstances where damp or moisture is rife, so the preferred usage is internal doors rather than external.
Reinforced foam weatherstripping involves bands of closed-cell foam attached to strips of metal or wood. Reinforced foam door strips are a relatively low-cost, yet extremely effective window and door sealer that is rigid and tested against high winds. Everyday use for reinforced foam seals is on the top and bottom of a window sash and the bottoms of doors.
The disadvantage of reinforced foam seals is the effort they take during installation. Reinforced foam weatherstripping must be sawed to size, nailed in position and painted to match the door or window frame due to them being visible.
Rolled vinyl and reinforced vinyl weatherstripping is a rigid strip gasket that is attached to a metal or wooden casing. Rolled vinyl strips are easy to install and low-cost, which are two of its most attractive attributes. You can use rolled vinyl in many circumstances, such as door or window stops, top and bottom of a window sash and the bottom of a door. The only real downfall of rolled vinyl is its visibility. However, it comes in many different colours to try and help make the strip discreet against your door or window.
Tubular rubber weatherstripping is a vinyl or sponge rubber tube with a rim along the length that allows you to staple or tack the tubular rubber stip into place. The door or window in question should tightly push up against the rubber tube, thus forming a seal. Tubular rubber strips are effective air barriers and are mainly used around external door frames. They are quite expensive in comparison to other weatherstripping, but the only real disadvantage is that the self-stick options can be tricky to install. Otherwise, they are an excellent product for internal and external circumstances.