Indoors or outdoors, caulking a door is essential to avoid excessive energy loss or improve poor sound insulation in your home. To overcome this type of inconvenience and to avoid changing your joinery, there are easy and practical solutions. Follow the guide !
Caulking a door: joints to be nailed
Materials to be nailed may vary. The metal models are very practical to install since they have pre-drilled holes. Very weatherproof, the seals are used to seal spaces up to 6 mm. To install them correctly, it is advisable to determine beforehand the length to be fixed. This type of joint cuts very well with a pair of pliers. For their part, PVC models, in the form of sheathed foam or felt beads, can fill larger areas up to 20 mm.
Used for caulking holes from 1 to 7 mm, self-adhesive polyurethane foam or high density PVC seals are very effective in terms of sound and thermal insulation. There are also rubber seals for voids of approximately 2 to 5 mm. To install your joint, remember to clean the surface beforehand in order to promote good adhesion.
Caulking putty for your door
More technical, caulking mastic is ideal for filling irregularly shaped spaces. To properly install this type of seal, it is necessary to be equipped with a release strip and to thoroughly clean the surface to be sealed. The installation begins with the application of a primer on the rebate, that is to say the part fixed in the wall on which the mobile part of the door is applied. Then apply the sealant to which you will affix the release strip. Close the door to mold the seal perfectly. A drying time of at least 24 hours is essential before demolding.
The wand at the bottom of the door
Another solution: fix a metal strip at the bottom of the door. In plastic or aluminum, these caulking strips generally adapt to all types of door. To properly place your wand, make sure that the joint (or brush) which equips it is in contact with the ground.