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Weatherstripping plays a vital role in sealing gaps around doors and windows to keep out draughts and moisture as well as unwanted pests. We rely on many types of weatherstrip seals like car weatherstripping, garage door seals, window weather seals and door weatherstripping to be effective at their job but unfortunately, they don’t last forever. To ensure maximum performance and longevity, it's important to care for your window and door seals. In this blog post, we will guide you through essential tips on how to care for weatherstripping, helping you maximize its effectiveness and energy-saving benefits.
Cleaning garage door weather stripping and all other kinds of window and door insulation strips is essential to their performance and longevity. Luckily, learning how to clean weather stripping is straightforward. Use a soft cloth, (microfibre cloths work well for this task) and a mild detergent mixed with warm water. Gently wipe around the area to clean the weatherstripping. Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach or abrasive cleaners that could damage the material. After cleaning, thoroughly rinse and wring the cloth and wipe dry the weatherstrip seals so they can keep performing effectively.
Periodically inspect the weatherstripping for any signs of wear, tear, or damage. Since seasonal weather and prolonged exposure to UV rays can affect the performance of the seal strips, be sure to check them when the weather changes. Sometimes a cold winter or a hot summer can reduce the seal’s efficiency. These checks can be done on garage doors, windows, car doors and anywhere weatherstrips have been fitted. Look for cracks, gaps, or frayed edges that could compromise the seal’s effectiveness. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further deterioration. For minor damage, such as tiny cracks or lifted seals, you can consider patching or sealing them with weatherstripping adhesive or sealant. However, it's best to replace the weatherstripping entirely if the damage is extensive or you’re unsure about repairing them yourself.
Harsh winters and hot summers can cause window and door weather stripping to become dry and rigid. This makes them prone to cracking or splitting. To maintain the flexibility and effectiveness of certain weatherstripping materials, you can apply a thin layer of lubricant. Silicone-based lubricants are commonly used as they do not damage the weatherstripping. It’s best to avoid lubricants that contain petroleum as they can cause some seals to deteriorate. Apply the lubricant according to the manufacturer's instructions, focusing on areas where the weatherstripping comes into contact with moving parts or other surfaces. This will ensure smooth operation and prevent unnecessary wear and tear.
If you're unable to perform checks and you’re unsure about the condition of your old weatherstripping, it may be time to replace your weatherstrips. JA Seals stock a wide range of weatherstripping products for windows, doors, garage doors and cars. If you need some support in choosing the right type of weatherstripping for your home or vehicle, the experts at JA Seals can help.
All of our weatherstrip seals are designed and manufactured for high performance and are only made from high-quality materials. For more information, contact us about our selection of weatherstripping products.