Weatherstripping | The Different Types of Weatherstripping

There are several types of weatherstripping and most can be used for either doors or windows.

Its very important that you understand the different types and uses before you start your project, so you don’t get yourself into a difficult position and unable to finish!

Some weatherstripping applications can be very difficult if you don’t have the proper tools or know how.  Make sure you do your homework before you start!

Different Types of Weatherstripping:

Adhesive backed foam

Primary use: Used on top and bottom of windows and door frames top and sides

Easy installation

This is the easiest to apply, and very inexpensive.  It  is an adhesive-backed foam, that is made in both rubber and plastic.  It comes in a variety of widths, thickness and lengths.

This product works by sealing out the air when it is compressed by a door or window.  It also provides a cushion that keeps the door or window from slamming.  This weatherstripping lasts anywhere from 1-3 years and does not hold up to any type of paint.  Paint causes the foam to start deteriorating and it looses its effectiveness.

Vinyl Plastic or Mylar

Primary use: Used on doorframe top and sides

Easy installation

Highly effective and lasts up to 20 years.  It is installed flat then bent into a V shape, with the open end of the V to the outside to the inward opening doors.

Foam-filled tubular gasket

Primary use: Used on window frames and door frames

Easy installation

Very durable weatherstripping that is made of flexible vinyl.  Highly effective and lasts up to 10 years.  Available in white and gray, it cannot be painted because paint causes the tube to stiffen and lose its flexibility.

Spring Metal strips

Primary use: Used on most window channels and door frames tops and side.

Medium to Difficult Installation

This seals by spring tension and it is almost invisible. It is very effective and available in bronze, copper, stainless steel and aluminum finishes. Super strong and secure, it lasts around 20 years. It is fairly difficult to install, but can be done by the average home owner. Most manufacturers package spring-metal weatherstripping in rolls, and they include the brads necessary for installation.

Interlocking metal channels

Primary use: Use on doors and not suggested for windows

Difficult Installation

If you decide to use this type of weatherstripping, you need to know that it will be visible after installation. It is durable and has an excellent seal.

Wood Strip Foam Gasket

Primary use: Used on door frames

Difficult Installation

The advantage of wood stripping is that it can be painted to match door frames.  Do not paint the foam or it will start to deteriorate. It is effective and will last up to 3 years.


Primary use: Used in windows made of wood for top and bottom and door frames top and sides

Easy Installation

Using felt weatherstripping is a very economical route to take, but should be limited to narrow spaces.  Felt strips are usually nailed in place, but you can also buy it with a pressure-sensitive adhesive backing.  It also comes in a wide variety of lengths, thickness and color.


Primary use: Door thresholds

Easy Installation

Available for outside and inside.  Simple to install and lasts anywhere from 1 – 5 years depending on floor traffic

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