6 ways to weatherproof your front door this winter

As winter approaches, it is increasingly important to ensure your front door is weatherproof, and able to withstand all weather conditions. By making sure you’re prepared, you can not only avoid unexpected costs and damage, but also ensure your home remains warm and dry this winter.

Here at Door Superstore we’ve put together a quick guide with 6 ways to weatherproof your front door before winter arrives. If you have any questions about weatherproofing your front door, or are unsure which product best suits your door, don’t hesitate to get in touch – call the team on 01752 422501, or use the live chat in the bottom right hand corner.


1. Weatherstrips

One of the easiest and most common ways of weatherproofing your home and front door is to add a weatherstrip around the opening of your door. A weatherstrip is a length of material that sits around movable components, such as doors and windows, to fill gaps and prevent air from entering the property, whilst still allowing the door or window to open and close.

Weather strips are generally super easy to install, as they can be cut to size, and are also often secured with a self-adhesive strip. Weatherstrips are generally manufactured from rubber and/or foam, but can also be purchased in silicone, felt and vinyl.

Install a weatherstrip along the bottom or even around the whole door frame to minimise heat loss, draughts and even in some circumstances prevent water ingress.

2. Caulk

Caulk is another way of preventing draughts and heat loss from occurring, particularly in cooler winter months. Caulk is often applied at time of installation of the door, to prevent draughts and moisture from entering the property, but caulk does tend to wear down and deteriorate over time.

Old and damaged caulk can easily be removed using tools that are as simple and easy as a flat head screw driver or a knife. Once the old caulk has been removed, a new layer of caulk can be applied – caulk is often supplied in a tube with a nozzle which allows for precise application.

3. Draught excluders

Draught excluders are also available to minimise heat loss and prevent draughts from entering the home through gaps beneath the front door.

The most common form of draught excluder for your front door consists of a plastic or metal fixing plate, with thick bristles attached. The bristles allow the door to open and close effectively, but prevent draughts from entering the house. The bristles can also be cut down to size if they are longer than required to cover the gap between the door and the floor.

4. Letterbox draught excluders

As well as ensuring the gaps around the edges of your door are covered, it is important to remember that there are other aspects of the door that may allow draughts and moisture into the property.

In order to prevent heat loss and draughts via the letterbox, letter box draught excluders are also available. The most common form of letterbox draught excluder consists of a metal plate that sits on the inside of a letterbox, with bristles that sit on both the top and bottom of the frame. This creates an opening for letters to pass through, but still blocks any draughts that would normally enter the home through the letterbox.

5. Door thresholds

Ensuring you have a durable and weathertight door threshold is another way of being prepared for inclement weather conditions. Door thresholds help to ensure no water runs into the property from outside, helping to divert any rainwater that runs down the front of the door away from the entry point.

6. Update door hardware

Another way of making sure that your front door is weatherproof and ready for the winter is to ensure that all pieces of door hardware are in good condition and fitted tightly. If door knobs, latches, hinges or lock sets are broken or not fitted correctly, the door may be loose and draughts will able to pass through.

Therefore, it is important to check that your door is hung correctly, so that no gaps are widening either side of the door, and check that there are no loose screws, damaged connections or broken door knobs. If there are any loose screws, loose door knobs, locks, damaged hardware or warped hinges, ensure they are tightened and replaced to create a door that sits tightly within the door frame to minimise heat loss.


Still got an unanswered question or want to know more about any specifics regarding door hardware and weatherproofing your front door? Don’t forget to get in touch with our team, simply call them on 01752 422501 or use the live chat in the bottom right hand corner.

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