Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Electrical, HVAC & Energy Efficiency > Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping Cost


How Much Does Weatherstripping Cost?

 
 average costMedium: Do-It-Yourself Supplies Can Run $50-$350 
post E-mail post Post  

Weatherstripping uses a narrow piece of metal, vinyl, rubber, felt or foam to provide a seal and eliminate gaps around moveable windows or doors, or any small opening (such as around light switches or electrical outlets). Where two types of materials come together (such as glass against a wooden frame), silicone-based caulking can be used to weatherize the area.

Typical costs:

  • Do-it-yourself supplies (weatherstripping, caulking gun, tube of caulk, rubber gaskets for electrical outlets and switches, and specialized items such as a fireplace draft stopper or an attic chair cover) can total $50-$350 to weatherize a typical home, depending on overall size of the house and number of gaps to be sealed. ThisOldHouse.com estimates it takes about 4-6 hours of moderately difficult work and about $100 in materials to make a home's doors draft-free[1] . Lowe's estimates that you can weatherstrip[2] a typical home in a single day.
  • Most types of weatherstripping are designed to be easy to install, although some (such as interlocking window channels) are difficult and may require hiring a skilled handyman or carpenter at $30-$150 an hour for 4-8 hours, or $120-$1,000 in labor costs.
Related articles: Home Insulation, Programmable Thermostat, Replacement Windows

What should be included:
  • The first step is to detect air leaks[3] by turning off the furnace on a cool, windy day; shutting all windows and doors; turning on all exhaust fans that blow air outside; and lighting an incense stick and passing it around the edges of possible leak sites, such as windows, doors, light switches and electrical outlets. If the smoke travels horizontally, there's a possible air path to the outside that may need weatherstripping or caulking. Or detect larger cracks at night by shining a flashlight at potential gaps and have a partner stand outside and watch for light. Because weatherstripping and caulking will limit indoor-outdoor air circulation, you should first determine your ventilation needs[4] .
  • All exterior doors, all doors leading to an attic or garage, and all operable windows should be weatherstripped. Several different kinds of weatherstripping are available, and they vary in terms of durability, effectiveness and ease of installation. Michigan State University describes the different types[5] of weatherstripping and their uses and BobVila.com provides a how-to video for easy-to-install forms of weatherstripping.
  • Weatherstripping and caulking should be inspected and repaired annually, just before the winter.
Additional costs:
  • Instead of using incense smoke or a flashlight, you can get a more accurate measurement of air leakage (and specific weatherizing recommendations) by hiring a professional energy auditor[6] to perform a blower door test[7] for about $200-$500, depending on the size of your home.
Shopping for weatherstripping:
  • Weatherstripping products and kits are sold at most hardware, home improvement and big box stores. Major manufacturers include Frost King, M-D Building Products and Swisco[8] . Better Homes and Gardens provides a quick chart for choosing which type of weatherstripping to use in a particular application.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Weatherstripping
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20152571,00.html
  2.  www.lowes.com/cd_Weatherstrip+Windows+and+Doors_666574941_
  3.  energy.gov/articles/detecting-air-leaks
  4.  energy.gov/public-services/homes/home-weatherization
  5.  www.msue.msu.edu/objects/content_revision/download.cfm/revision_id.498886/workspace_id....
  6.  energy.gov/energysaver/articles/professional-home-energy-audits
  7.  energy.gov/public-services/homes/home-weatherization/home-energy-audits
  8.  www.swisco.com/cl/Weatherstripping
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Pressure Washing Cost? How Much Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost? How Much Does a Deck Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Sinus Infections - Steroid shot and sent home
Paid: 2753.00
I woke up having breathing problems. I went to nearby non-hospital THH office. Nurse took blood pressure and temperature. Dr came in the room and spent less than 10 minutes and stated I had sinus infection... [more]
-Bill Moore
Emergency Room Visit Cost
Mold Testing Pacific Palisades, CA
Paid: 800.00
It cost us 800. We were pleased with Knight Environmental consulting who we hired. They were very thorough. Friendly and respectful of our home.They checked everywhere in our 7000ft home and tested the air... [more]
-AMY SCHWARTZ
Mold Inspection Cost
extraction
Paid: 739.00
Had 3 extractions yesterday. The cost was 304.00 each extraction but with some kind of insurance plan you could get 30% off. The plan was 75.00 annually and came at a huge savings on the work as my final cost with the plan was 814... [more]
-Dental mess
Tooth Extraction Cost
McHenry MD - Suburban Propane
Paid: 3300.00
Just got my bill and in 5 weeks we supposedly used 356 gals. Hard to do when you are not there the entire time and you turned the thermostat to 60. They charged $.35 more per gallon then from 5 weeks ago. $3.42 per gallon... [more]
-Check your bill with Suburban
Propane Tank Cost
Laceration from stick
Paid: 25.00
Slipped and fell on a stick while running around on a hill, and recieved 2 lacerations on my right leg, one about an inch long and one about 2 inches long. Called my insurance asap (Kaiser) and they directed me to one of their Urgent Cares... [more]
-
Stitches Cost
Urinalysis was asked of me
Paid: 3920.00
This was supposed to cost $250. Total!$3,675. for a urinalysis. Not mentioned anywhere on ANY search was this required to get a card... [more]
-Nellie28
Medical Marijuana Card Cost