Weatherstripping & the Effect on Neighborhood Noise

When you live in the city or on a busy road, it’s a constant battle to deal with traffic and pedestrian noise. I noticed a dramatic change when I swapped out my 50 year old single pane windows with double paned replacement ones. The difference in the outside sound level was remarkable.

Maybe you don’t need to replace your windows, or maybe you can’t afford to do so now. Not to worry, because there are other easy and affordable solutions to noise reduction. Do you notice light coming through around your doors? If you can see light, you most likely hear noise, too. Houses settle over time and it becomes especially noticeable around doors. This is because the frames and doors don’t settle in the same way as the surrounding structure.

Weatherstripping is a solution to noise reduction, but also to controlling and securing indoor air flow and keeping pests out. You may be able to solve the noise problem with a door sweep. However, if there are more serious settling problems, you could benefit by using a jamb seal, too. Both can work well separately, or in conjunction with one another, to solve the problem. You’ll find that closing the gap helps reduce noise, makes the house a little more comfortable and energy efficient, controls dust and light, and even prevents unwanted creatures and crawlers from entering your home.

If you are looking for an easy and affordable way to eliminate outdoor noise inside your home, weatherstripping might be the best solution. Feel free to leave comments or questions on using weatherstripping for noise reduction, or any other purpose, here.

Brush Weatherstrip- A Durable Option for Weatherizing Your Home

Fall is here and you may be thinking about preparing your home for the cold months ahead. There are lots of maintenance items to to tackle. For some of them, you might want to call a service company- like winterizing your HVAC, or making sure your furnace is in good working order.

Other checks are easy to perform and you can probably manage them yourself.

  • Clean the gutters
  • Replace screens with storm windows
  • Make sure the outside faucets are off and hoses stored away
  • Seal drafts around doors and windows
  • We can help with the drafty doors. If you find that there are some gaps or cracks, because your door no longer fits properly, an easy and cost-effective way to take care of it is to install weather stripping. There are a couple of different types available. Vinyl is available at most hardware stores and is inexpensive. Brush weatherstripping is not necessarily available at your big box stores nor is it the least expensive option. But, brush has a long life span. Vinyl can suffer from dry rot and tear or crack with age. Installed properly, brush weatherstripping can last as long as the door.

    Brush weatherstrip from is made of thousands of close set nylon filaments. The filament (hairs, or bristles) won’t take a set or wear away. It will conform to irregular surfaces for a more complete seal.

    A little preventative maintenance goes a long to making your home more comfortable.

DIY Brush Weatherstrip Installation

Do you feel drafts or see light around the exterior doors in your home? Do you have unwanted pests? Noise? These problems can be alleviated by installing brush weatherstripping. Brush weatherseal can installed fairly easily with just a few household tools.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Heavy duty shears or a bolt cutter
  • Hack saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill (optional)

(These instructions are for installing a door sweep on an entrance door, like the front door to your home. We have instructions for installing all of our weatherseal products on the installation guides page.)

  1. Measure the length of the bottom of your door.
  2. If your door is wider than the size of brush, you can cut the brush and holder to length and splice them together. To splice the brush and holder, put 2 or more pieces together by staggering the brush and holder joints. Cut the brush with diagonal cutting pliers, shears or bolt cutters. You must use something that cuts with a pinching action otherwise the brush filament will fall out! Cut the holder with a hack saw, power saw, or angle iron shear.
  3. If the end of the holder is a little tight for the brush to fit into place, pry it open with a screwdriver.
  4. Insert the brush into the holder and peen both ends of the holder with a hammer to lock the brush in place.
  5. Mount the seal by holding the aluminum flange to the door bottom while aligning the brush to the proper fit. Make sure the brush just touches the floor or the top of the threshold.
  6. Secure it using self-drilling screws. Slotted holes in the holder provide easy adjustment for a perfect fit.

That’s it! Now your home will be more comfortable, quieter and pests should be reduced.

How Brush Seals Work as Pest Control

We’ve mentioned before that it’s common for houses to settle over time, causing gaps and cracks. Not only do light and air make their way inside your home through these crevices, but so do unwanted pests.

There are common-sense things you can do to keep pests away.

  • Sweep up every day, especially in the kitchen and around the dining table
  • Make sure food is sealed tightly or refrigerated Repair holes in window and door screens
  • Take the trash out regularly
  • Seal gaps around windows, doors and other places pests can crawl in like dryer vents and around the foundation

Brush weatherstrip is ideal for blocking bugs and rodents from entering your home. It’s easy to install, comes in colors that will compliment any type of door and is a non-toxic, long-lasting alternative to poisonous pesticides.

Brush is flexible, conforming to the most uneven doorways; it seals gaps without inhibiting a door’s functionality, it blocks light, sounds and smells that attract pests. The thousands of filaments that make up brush weatherseal nest together so tightly that pests perceive it as a solid wall. The nylon filaments are inert, they don’t off-gas and won’t fail or dry rot over time like vinyl strips can. Whether you’re fighting mice in Maine or scorpions in Arizona, brush weatherseal keeps pests outside- where they belong.

Brush Seals for Garage and Barn Doors

If your garage or barn is your workshop, your haven, dare we say it? Man Cave? You’ve probably gone the extra mile to make it a clean, comfortable, pest free space where you can work in comfort and keep your current (and completed projects) out of the weather.

Garage doors can be a little problematic when it comes to keeping the elements and pests outside. While stuffing rags in crack and crevices will work it’s not a very permanent solution and besides, it’s kind of ugly. Brush weatherseals are an effective and affordable way to eliminate drafts, rain and snow and reduce pests in your garage or barn.

There are several options for sealing your garage or barn doors:

  • Overhead/Sectional Garage Door Seals: These seals are meant to go around the entire door, helping reduce energy costs, eliminate dust infiltration and keep bugs and rodents outside. These seals can work for sliding-type doors as well.
  • Garage Door Sweeps: These brush seals are for the bottom of the door. Most new doors have perfectly good seals but over time, they fail and these replacement brush weather seals last longer and seal more completely than traditional rubber seals. Garage door sweeps are best used when your floor isn’t level. The brush will flex to conform to any imperfections, maintaining a good seal.
  • Garage Door Bottom Seals: These are compression seals. These seals are just like the seals most garage doors already have. They don’t hold up as well to the elements as brush does but the purpose is the same.
  • Garage Door Thresholds: These types of seals are affixed to the floor with adhesive rather than to the door. They serve the same purpose- to keep out weather and pests.

    These are good for keeping out rain and small particles, especially if your garage or barn is at the lower end of a slope.

Brush seals are flexible, yet heavy duty enough to work in areas more exposed to outdoor elements, like garages, sheds and barns. They can close gaps up to 3 inches while providing a seal against insects, rodents, drafts, dust and bad weather. The filaments are made out of nylon or polypropylene; both of which stand up well to extreme heat and cold. So, whether you’re somewhere that experiences harsh winters or summer heat waves, brush weatherseals can be relied on to help keep your space comfortable.

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