Most home owners go to great lengths to save energy consumption in their homes by installing weather strips on various doors and windows around the house. For some strange reason, patio sliding doors are often missed. It is just as simple to install weather strip here as it is elsewhere, and although the door may have to be removed to install the strip properly, the whole process can be completed in less than two hours with the help of another person.
Most sliding door hardware, including tracks, weather stripping, etc, can be obtained directly from the companies manufacturing good quality sliding doors.
Using the companies’ product related accessories will ultimately guarantee the best fit and the best possible insulation. In addition, many hardware stores also stock the jamb seals and the so-called brush fin stripping required to weather proof patio sliding doors. These are suitable for most different types of sliding doors, although, as mentioned, a product specific strip may work slightly better.
Naturally the manufacturer’s instructions for dismantling the patio doors, as well as those for the weather strip itself, will have to be followed carefully when doing this. As a rule, the old weather strip will have to be removed before the new strip can be placed, but this should be done easy enough, as should placing the new strips.
Ultimately, replacing weather stripping on patio doors as regularly as that on other doors and obviously windows will ensure a home will remain warm and cozy even in the harshest of winters, without having to pay out on huge power or other fuel bills. It may take two hours to do it, but it will provide months if not years, of energy efficient, cost-saving protection from wind, snow and freezing temperatures.