Winterizing and repairing your exterior door is an excellent way to keep a little money in your pocket when the winter season rolls in. When you have cracks in your door or the door does not go flush with the doorframe, heat can leak out of the home. This keeps your heating running constantly and can really rack up the power bill. By repairing any cracks in your exterior door and winterizing, you can easily keep the heat inside your home and save a little cash. If you’re not too sure about how to winterize and repair your exterior door, here is a short guide to get you started.
Go to your door during the day and look at it with a keen eye. If the door is not flush with the doorframe, you should be able to see the light outside. If there are cracks in the door, you should also be able to see the daylight. If you can see daylight through the doorframe or through cracks in the door, you are losing heat.
Buy some weather stripping from your local hardware store. The amount of weather stripping that you will need will be dependent on how bad the door has warped from the frame. Typically, one box of stripping is enough for the job. You will also need to buy stain for your door and brown epoxy glue if you have cracks in the door.
Remove the door from the doorframe. You might have to use a drill to remove the door from the hinges, but most door hinges have pegs that you can tap out with a hammer and a screwdriver. This makes it very easy to remove the door from the frame. Once you have the door off of the doorframe, look for the crack. You will need to repair this before you apply the weather stripping.
Apply the epoxy glue to the cracks in the door. You might have to use a small paintbrush to get the glue inside the crack. It’s easier to do this when the door is off of the frame because the glue could run down the door if it’s not flat. Once you have the glue inside the cracks, allow it to sit for about an hour.
While the glue is drying, you can apply the weather stripping to your doorframe. Take the weather stripping out of the box and unroll it. Use a tape measure to measure the length of your door frame and then cut a piece of weather stripping off of the roll per this measurement.
Pull the plastic lining off of weather stripping to reveal the sticky side. Press the sticky side onto the doorframe so it sticks. Take your door and put it back onto the hinges. Pound the pegs back into the hinges so the door is secured. Close the door and make sure that the door is closing properly. Wait for about 24 hours so the glue is dried and then apply the stain to your door with a paintbrush. The stain will only take about 6 hours to dry. Once this has dried, your door will be repaired and winterized.