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Applying Permanent Weatherstripping Instructions

  • Applying Permanent Weatherstripping

    As a homeowner, your heating and cooling costs are some of the most regular and expensive costs in operating your home. Eliminating uncomfortable drafts from windows and insulating them from the outside elements can significantly reduce these costs.

  • Overview

    There are several permanent methods to eliminate drafts from your windows. You can use either adhesive or non-adhesive foam weather stripping, as well as plastic v-channel strips. Each method will work in different situations, on different types of windows, and by your preference. There are several different versions of each of these products. Check your windows and the options available to best suit your particular windows.

  • Install Adhesive Foam Stripping

    On double-hung windows, you should install foam stripping to the underside of the bottom sash. To be sure that your insulation makes a tight fit, be sure to clean all surfaces that you will be applying insulation to. There are several types of foam stripping insulation. Some are self-adhesive, and others are not. If you use an adhesive stripping, be sure that the temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit or the insulation will not stick. Cut your weather stripping to the length of your bottom window sash, remove the adhesive backing and press the foam strip to the underside of your sash.

  • Install Non-adhesive Foam Stripping

    To install non-adhesive foam stripping, use a staple gun to attach the stripping. Staple the inside edge of the strip and be careful that the outside remains compressible and is not stapled. If you choose to use non-adhesive weather stripping, be sure that it is wide enough so that you can easily staple it to your window.

  • Install Plastic V-stripping

    You should use plastic V-channel strips to insulate the sash channels on your windows. These are adhesive-backed but should be secured with nails to prevent folding while opening and closing your windows. Some double-hung windows have a metal runner in the channel which you will need to accommodate for. Choose a V-channel that you are sure will fit in the sash channel. Measure the height of your bottom window. Cut the length of the V-channel strip two inches longer than this measurement. Remove the adhesive backing and press the top part of the stripping under the window and press along the length.

  • Insulate the Sash Channels

    If you have installed the stripping properly, the plastic weather stripping should extend 2” beyond the top of your window sash when the window is closed. This will prevent snagging as you close your window. To be sure that the channels remain in place, nail your plastic insulators to the channel. Tap in a nail every few inches with a tack hammer. It is very important that you make sure your nail heads are flush to the insulation. If they are not flush, the window will snag and pull on the nail.

  • Insulate the Top Sash

    Apply plastic V-stripping to the top sash of your window. Open the “V” upwards so that the window can close and seal properly. Pull out the channel slightly once you have adhered the channel so that the seal is tight when the window is closed. You will not be able to nail in this piece of weather stripping. Allow the adhesive to set for about 5 minutes before closing the window so that it makes a tight bond.

  • Insulate Casement Windows

    Casement windows are easier than double hung windows to insulate. Simply use adhesive foam stripping to the window stop. Wipe the window stops clean before applying the stripping so the stripping adheres properly. Use the foam stripping on all four sides of the window stop. Be sure that the temperature is above 50°F as the adhesive will not stick otherwise. Simply roll the stripping along the edges of the casement while removing the adhesive backing. After laying the stripping along the casement, apply pressure along the stripping a second time with your finger to make a tight bond.


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