Replace copper weather stripping for door?

quandaryOctober 18, 2010

Our house was built in 1964 and has copper weather stripping around all exterior doors. We plan to replace a door soon. Is superior weather stripping available now to justify removing this old copper stuff?


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Is is most likely bronze and does a decent job.

There are newer seals available, but it is unlikely to be worth tearing out otherwise functional seals.

Try 'Resource Conservation Technology' in Baltimore, MD for all sorts of door and window seals.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 2:49PM
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I have replaced that kind of copper(have seen the brass as well) weather stripping with new stuff of the same type---to satisfy the home owners desire to remain period compliant.

The latest design that would be the best replacement would entail the removal of the doorstop section of the jamb and cutting a 1/2" deep dado in the stop(or replacement stop) to allow the rubber weather stripping to be installed in that slot.

That also would mean the door stop would have to be relocated and the jamb refinished/repainted.

The new rubber collapsable weather stripping is much more energy efficient as well as maintenance free(other than an occasional cleaning if needed). The major problem with the copper type is getting clothing snagged and tearing the metal. And it can be noisy in high winds.

The other nail on types of weather stripping are less functional than the copper, IMHO.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 5:21PM
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While it would be good to improve the efficiency, I don't think I'm up to the task of replacing it. In the 19 years we've lived here, it's never required any maintenance (that I'm aware of) nor have we snagged anything on it. I think I'll just leave well enough alone.

Thanks for the information!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 12:57AM
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Why does it need replacing? Perhaps you can just bend it back out to make greater contact with the door.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 11:42AM
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It seems to be in good shape. I'm planning to replace the door and just assumed that 1964 weather stripping should be replaced. I thought that there were probably superior products available now, but I don't want to get into a complex replacement project if what I have now is adequate.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 11:50AM
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I made the mistatke of taking off the copper stripping and now cannot find any to replace it. Anybody know where I can purchase it?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 8:47PM
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Do a search for "spring bronze door weatherstripping" and hundreds of sites will come up.

Ace hardware even lists it.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 10:48AM
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I would leave it if it is good shape.

As Brickeyee said, it does a good job and can last forever unlike the newer stuff.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 10:59AM
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