One of the most wonderful things about living in Colorado is the year round sun shine. But once the days get short and the snow moves in, it can get incredibly cold. Not to worry, we live in a modern house, capable of keeping the cold out and the warm in . . . or can it?
The problem I most often see is not that the doors are warn out or even of poor quality, but rather that they are out of adjustment or have never been adjusted at all. Check a few key locations and you can make sure your doors are keeping out the cold like they should.
Check the threshold of our doors: With the door closed, look for light creeping in under the sweep. This can many times be remedied by just adjusting the threshold.
1. Gently pry off the screw caps from the 3 or 4 screws along the center of the threshold
2. Use a screwdriver (usually a flat head, but not always) to adjust the threshold up or down as needed. Keep closing the door to inspect for visible light.
3. Replace the caps
|Light is visible under the door|
|Gently pry off the caps|
|Adjust the height of the threshold by turning the screw|
|Add an optional draft sealer|
|Replace damaged weather seals|
If your door is an older style that does not allow for the weather seal to be replaced or if you still have gaping, you can purchase a thicker weather seal with an adhesive back and place it where you need it. Be thoughtful about how you install this though as it's not very attractive if it is visible from the exterior when the door is closed
Have you tried replacing the seals or adjusting your threshold?
How did it go?
The beautiful photo at the top of this blog was provided by R.Nial.Bradshaw and was downloaded from flicker.com as part of their creative commons project.