Exterior Entry Doors

Most exterior entry doors are made of steel or fiberglass with an injected or glued foam core. Todayʼs doors are a significant improvement over the exterior wood doors that used to be used, which were prone to drafts, seasonal warping, and always require painting as a part of regular maintenance.

Did you Know?

If you have an attached garage, the door between your garage and your house should be checked each season to ensure the weatherstripping is in good working order. This weatherstripping helps prevent garage fumes from entering the house.

Drafts & Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping provides a flexible seal around doors to prevent unwanted air from moving in or out of your home. Exterior doors typically have two types of weatherstripping. The first is a compressible, moulded strip of foam or rubber that is set against the frame towards the outside of the door. The opening part of the door rests against this weatherstripping when the door is closed, forming an air and water seal. The second type of weatherstripping is located at the bottom of the door, and is called a “sweep” or a “threshold.” Usually, this type of weatherstripping consists of a metal or vinyl piece that holds a flexible fin or a row of thin fins that sweep across the doorsill as the door is closed. Door sweeps can be purchased in a variety of types and depths.

Weatherstripping will wear out over time. Each fall, check your doorʼs weatherstripping and/or sweeps for wear and replace them if necessary. Exterior doorsills usually feature a series of adjustable screws so that you can raise the level of the sill to the door sweep to provide an effective seal.