Weatherproofing The Home

Poorly sealed windows and doors are the biggest culprits allowing cold air in during the winter months and cool, conditioned air out during the summer. Yet there are some basic steps the home handyman can take to seal leaks properly just by using simple Construction Supplies. All you need are some construction tools such as a caulking gun and caulk to seal up any leaks that may be compromising your efforts to heat or cool your home efficiently. Additional areas that may need leak prevention strategies include base molding, floorboards, electrical outlets, and plumbing areas. In this blog we will share best practices and some effective construction supplies to weatherproof your home and reduce your heating and cooling bills as a result.

Weather Strip Door Bottoms

man weatherproofing a windowIf you have been experiencing drafts from door bottoms, you may need to install new thresholds or weather stripping. This is easily accomplished by measuring and attaching a new vinyl door sweep. If you prefer, a bronze or felt strip at the bottom of the door can be installed instead. Each of these threshold devices is effective at preventing leaks.

Caulking Doors, Windows, and More

Leaks are most common around door and window frames, yet other areas may need attention as well. Some of’s most effective construction supplies stopping leaks include the following products:

  • Dap Window & Door Sealant: This water and airtight silicone plus sealant by Dap provides excellent flexibility and sticking power. It is mold and mildew resistant and won’t crack or shrink. Available in clear or white colors. Simply apply to cracked areas surrounding frames to plug the leak.
  • Dap Dynaflex 230 Sealant: The elastomeric latex sealant by Dap is a superior sealant for all types of window and door frames. It is also effective at stopping leaks on baseboards, around pipes, joints, corners and trim molding. Weatherproofed and mildew resistant, Dynaflex 230 flexibility and staying power adheres to a wide variety of surfaces including wood, aluminum, vinyl, drywall, plaster, metal, masonry, glass, brick, stucco, and stone. Can be applied both inside the home and on its exterior. Comes in white but can be painted over.
  • Dap Latex Foam Sealant: Dap’s foam sealant stops leaks while insulating and weatherproofing holes or crevices. Use it to seal leaks around electrical outlets and/or wall switches. Use Dap Foam sealant between the wall and outlet cover, making sure to turn off the power before applying. It won’t ever expand and is completely airtight. It can also be used under sinks and to insulate plumbing behind walls to block air leaks.

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