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Everything You Need to Know About Weather Stripping Your Windows

Cold, wintry weather is just around the corner. The easiest and most effective way to get old windows ready for winter is by replacing them with new vinyl windows in Charlotte. Vinyl is valued for its versatility, affordability, and efficiency. If you would rather keep your current windows, try replacing the weather stripping. Here are some of the most common types of weather stripping you can choose from.

Adhesive-backed foam

This popular type of weather stripping blocks drafts and seals gaps using compression. When the window closes against the foam, it compresses it to create a tight seal. This stripping features a convenient peel-and-stick application.

Spring V-Seal

Spring V-seal is made from polypropylene plastic or metal and is V-shaped. The “V” springs open, which creates a very tight tension seal between the window frame and the sash. For this reason, it is also commonly referred to as tension-seal weather stripping. Plastic V-seal can be cut with scissors, while metal V-seal must be cut with aviation snips. This type of seal is a great choice for vinyl windows in Charlotte.

Tubular Rubber-Gasket

Similar to adhesive-backed foam, tubular rubber-gasket weather stripping also works with compression. However, it is a hollow tube instead of a flat, dense foam. Some tubular weather stripping has to be installed with screws or nails, but peel-and-stick options are also available. Tubular gaskets that are filled with foam tend to hold their shape better than hollow-core gaskets.


Felt is another type of compression weather stripping and is affordable to install. However, it doesn’t have a long lifespan and needs to be replaced every two to four years. It is one of the oldest types of weather stripping available for purchase.

Upgrade Your Windows

If you’re thinking about replacing your old windows with new vinyl windows in Charlotte, give Zen Windows a call. We’d love to help you choose the ideal window replacement option for your stylistic preferences and energy-efficiency goals. Fill out our online form or call us at (704) 980-0057 for a free estimate.