The doors of your house are multi-functional features, but are primarily known for their ability to open or close at your will to either allow access to an area or maintain its privacy and safety. Other functions associated with doors are:

  • Controlling the internal atmosphere of a room by barring out external factors associated with the outdoors or a different room.
  • Allowing more than one access points to an area that would’ve otherwise been inaccessible from certain locations, such as the garage having an internal door that can be used from inside the home.
  • Becoming a barrier to external noise by blocking it out and providing your room with a degree of soundproofing.
  • Allowing a means for proper airflow and lighting to come into an area and maintaining suitable conditions inside.

Some of the earliest doors were made from wood, especially in medieval Europe. Even more ancient civilizations such as the one Mesopotamia used doors that were constructed from animal hides or textiles. These materials were very prone to wear and tear, making the doors that used them quite ineffective. They weren’t able to keep out even the lightest of drafts, let alone protect people’s homes from more severe weather conditions like heavy rain. They were also hardly durable and were quite susceptible to water and insect damage.

Since then, doors have evolved considerably in design, function, and composition. Although some doors might still be made from wood, chances are it’s not the only material that’s been used. Most doors in present-time are made up of material like vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum or even steel. These materials are notably more high-performing in a variety of aspects, including durability, reduced need for maintenance, impact-resistance, and energy-efficiency. The doors we supply encompass exactly these components and more desirable features that meet the needs of homeowners.

Modern doors are increasingly becoming more efficient as technological advancements come around, but the forces of nature are such that they’ll always find a way to tamper with the mechanisms we built. The same is the case with the doors in your house, which are sometimes put to the test during extreme weather conditions.

Drafts of wind are one such weather factor that can be a problem for your home. Door drafts are characterized by gusts of winds that are let into your home through the crevices and leaks in your door.

Why are Door Drafts Harmful and How Can You Control It?

It goes without saying that gusts of cool air that are let into your home, especially during the winter can make your indoor environment quite uncomfortable by creating a further drop in temperature. What’s more, they interfere with the HVAC system, reducing its efficiency and causing it to not only work overtime, but also forcing it to use more power. This in turn, drives up your utility bills. In the past year or so, an alarming percentage of Americans were unable to pay their energy bills at least once during the period.

Since there are so many drawbacks to drafts of wind entering your home, it’s crucial you learn how to deal with the problem before it even occurs. There are multiple methods of keeping door drafts out from your house that we’re going to walk you through.

1. Weatherstripping

The weatherstripping on doors refers to the sealing process of openings in the door that can let things like cold air and water into your home. Over time, the seals can become worn out from frequent use. Whether your weatherstripping seals have broken off or weren’t added to your door in the first place, you’re going to benefit from using new seals to close weak points.

Commonly used weatherstripping materials are vinyl, neoprene, and silicone. Weatherstripping is typically applied around the doorframe, the designated wall area where your door system is supposed to fit in. The best way to know if your doorframe needs weatherstripping is to check if you see light coming in from around the door, which indicates that there’s adequate room for winds to make their way inside. The United States Energy Department recommends that people use weatherstripping material that can withstand friction, temperatures changes, and wear-and-tear.

 

2. Hardware Maintenance

The hardware of your door typically includes the hinge, handle or doorknob, the latch and the deadbolt—all of which work together to help you open and close the door, and also lock it when needed. Poorly installed hardware may not just affect your door’s functioning, but also sometimes possesses gaps in it that then become passageways for excess air.

With a little door inspection and maintenance, like lubricating the hinge and tightening screws in it or the ones in the latch, you’re able to improve the function of your door.

3. Add a Sweep or Shoe

The bottom of your door can be another area from where cold air can rush in. You’re able to seal it, however, using some simple materials. The sweep is one of your options, which is a piece of vinyl or rubber that is applied to the bottom of the door at the external side.

Alternatively, you can go for a “shoe” which is a U-shaped piece typically created from plastic or vinyl that cups the door from the bottom, sealing it completely at the area.

If you find that none of these DIY tips work, consult us at EcoView Windows! We’re a team of professional window and door contractors in Florida and Alabama with a wide range of home improvement products. We’ll help you out with any doors problems in addition to guiding you about our door replacement services.