01:01PM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 01/17/05
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HELP please, we've lived in our home for over 13 years and have always had a moisture problem with our windows and storm doors. We have electric heat and although our house is insulated I don't think it's over done. We installed a ridge vent in our roof when we redid our roof about 10 years ago and there are drafts under the doors and you can feel the cool air around the windows. Why is this happening and how can we correct the problem??? our new pella storm doors are getting ruined and it's just plain driving me nuts. Right now it's extremely cold here and the ice buildup on the doors is rediculous. Does anyone have any suggestions??


07:55AM | 01/19/05
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
The first question is do you have too much moisture in your house? Too high humidity will condense on the cold surfaces.

For the storm doors, I think your main door needs weather stripping replaced. This would cut the draft under the door and reduce the humidity getting to the storm door. For the space under the door either replace the door sill/ threshold or add a door sweep.

Are the windows double pane? With wood or vinyl (sp?) frames? Single pane or metal frames are extremely poor insulators and should be replaced.


12:16PM | 01/19/05
Member Since: 01/17/05
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I know this might seem silly but how would we know if we have too much moisture in our house??

I'm going to talk to my husband about the weather stripping. If we replace the door sill will that interfer with the door, in other words will the door have to be cut or anything?? I think a door sweep would get caught in the carpet.

Our new windows are double pane and vinyl with vinyl frames but the old windows are single pane wooden windows with storm windows and wooden frames.

Any help would be so much appreciated.



03:27AM | 01/24/05
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
For the door, there are several options. I just replaced the sill on my door. You can get one with a raised rubber seal that pushes lightly against the bottom of the door. Door sweeps come in several lengths to fit the gap. A problem for sweeps is having high carpet which gets torn and dirty from the door (I had a house like that). If the gap is small then you can use weather stripping which comes in a number to thicknesses. I have used short segments on different sizes to close a tapered gaps (frame out of square).

I'm always leery of cutting doors since I don't have the tools to do it right.

Signs of too much humidity are condensation on windows (which could be poor windows), walls, etc. I have a table top humidifier for when my son is sick that came with a little humidity meter. I think it's call a hygrometer. On the other hand you have low humidity if, compared to summer, you get a lot of static, your skin is dry, the woodwork shrinks and gaps slightly .


10:06AM | 01/30/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
Where your new ones properly installed ? Flashed,caulked,insullated in the ruff opening?


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