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DavidG

08:36AM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 11/02/04
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Seems like over the years I've tried all the products...felt, plastic, foam, etc. What is THE BEST way to seal my house front door?

Thanks, DavidG

bravey

10:10AM | 01/11/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
162 lifetime posts
I have found the "best" to be the magnetic seals. They don't offer as much resistance to closing as those relying on compression. They are common on new prehung doors/frames but can be somewhat massive on retrofits (compaired to compression seals). They also will offer some resistance to opening similar to that of a refrigerator. The magnet has an accordian connection to the base which provides a uniform seal with elasticity. They are similar to the seals on your refrigerator. Seals with neoprene are tougher than those with vinyl. Size-wise, the bulb type compression seals are small and less conspicuous but the seal may not stay tight if your door has a lot of movement due to age or wear.

At the threshold, I like seals with the vinyl part fixed to the door which eliminates foot traffic from damaging it. There are fixed seals that dado into the bottom of the door, or apply to the side of the door bottom, or which drop down when the door is closed.

Look at the products at www.zerointernational.com or www.npg.com. Both manufacturers have all wide range of weatherstripping. You can order them through a Finish Hardware or Commercial Hardware supplier.

Regards
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