Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Byline: Julia Gray

TOP TIPS FOR... fitting weatherstripping

WHEN the weather's nice, insulating your home against the cold doesn't seem that important. However, fitting weatherstripping to insulate your windows and doors is an ideal outdoor summer task that will put you a step ahead of the winter chill later in the year. Weatherstripping is tape that seals the gaps between the moving parts of a window or door.

As well as helping to prevent draughts, it acts as a barrier against dust, insects and noise, so it's effective in all seasons. It's also a lot cheaper and easier to fit than double or secondary glazing. Weatherstripping comes in different shapes and materials -choosone with adhesive backing to make installation relatively quick and simple.

To fit weatherstripping to sash windows, first remove any flaking paint, then clean the window-frames thoroughly and allow to dry (sugar-soap solution or liquid is a great cleaning agent). You'll need tape along both sides of the top and bottom sashes, the bottom of the bottom sash, the top of the top sash and the outer meeting rail (the point where the top of the bottom sash meets the bottom of the top sash). Follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying the weatherstripping to the frames, and consult a good DIY book or website for the order in which to fit it.

If your windows are more modern, they may have a slot designed for weatherstripping, which is known as a kerf. The tape needed for this has a tubular edge on one side and a lip on the other to provide a tight seal.

To replace tubular weatherstripping, start by prising it off from the tubular edge.

Ensuring that the surface is clean and dry and that no remnants of the old tape remain, press the new weatherstripping firmly into the slot and trim to fit exactly. Now your windows are better prepared for whatever the elements throw at them, whatever the season. …

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