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Guide to Doors

Guide to Doors

An Open or Closed Door

Having a well draught proofed/sealed door is something to smile about

They are an essential part of any home and apart from the obvious of providing access to, from and around your home, they are a primary source of ventilation, privacy and aesthetics.

Doors are also well known for letting in draughts and being an open invitation for insects, and other creatures to enter your home.

If a door is draughty your inside temperature is going to be uncomfortable which will drastically affect your energy bills as you attempt to regulate the temperature indoors throughout the different seasons.

Fixing a draughty door is something most people can do themselves, particularly with ecoMaster’s ‘how to’ videos.



Where to look for draughts coming through your door.

Two key requirements you need to know to fix your draughty door?

  • 1. The type of entrance and internal doors you have in your home.

  • 2. Where the draughts are entering through your door.  These will most likely be on the sides, top and bottom of the doors.

The 6 most common door types:


  • 1. Single Hinged Doors – are by far the most common as external and internal doors.

  • 2. Cavity Sliding Doors – are mostly used for interior spaces where hinged doors don’t work.

  • 3. French Doors – also known as Combo, Double or Barn Doors.  These types of doors are beautiful but notoriously draughty.  They create a wider opening and give you the option of opening just one or both doors to allow cooling breezes into the house.

  • 4. Security Doors – allow you to safely open up your home and let natural ventilation in.  But some intruders can slip into your home under a gap in your security door.  Insects, spiders, rodents and snakes would be delighted to take up residence in your home.

  • 5. Aluminium Sliding Doors – are usually glass doors that lead to a deck or patio.  They can also be used indoor as well and can be a great way to divide spaces or open them up.

  • 6. Pivot doors – instead of the hinges being mounted on the side of the door they are mounted on the top and bottom side.  They rotate on a vertical axis.  This is an attractive door, mostly used internally.  They are difficult to draught proof.  We do sell draught proofing for this kind of door, but it is for the experienced DIY person.



What do I need to draught proof my doors?


Draught Dodgers – all weather, full proof door seals that protect your home from intrusive draughts but do not sacrifice good looks.   They can be fitted to draught proof VARIABLE GAPS from the top to the bottom of a door including warped doors, doors that shift in size between summer and winter or doors that move from side to side as homes shift.

EMV – for aluminium sliding doors is the answer you’ve been looking for.  The EMV perimeter seal can seal gaps and cracks that vary in width around your aluminium sliding door.  EMV is a quick, easy and durable sliding door seal.

Draught Excluders – for the bottom of your doors, an essential part of finishing off any door for draughts and other protections.  There are many different kinds available for different needs:

  • * Dependent on the depth of the gap between the door and the floor

  • * To move smoothly over carpet

  • * Dependent on the door step

  • * Excluder for one or two doors e.g. French Doors or equivalents.


Draught Proofing for Door Bottoms


Automated Draft Excluders for door bottoms

Which draught excluder to use when fixing draughts at the bottom of a door?

If the home is in a windy area use an automatic bottom door excluder. For more general  and internal doors  use an  RP35.



Which brush seal to use when fixing draughty doors?

Brushes can be an easy and relatively effective option to seal the bottom of a door onto a hard surface.

There are different brush lengths to suit most gap sizes.

Best used for internal doors and external timber sliding doors.

All are self adhesive, but some can be screw fixed.

Mostly, do not use over carpet.

Brushes are ALWAYS black - no other brush colour choices.

The ‘colour’ refers to the carrier.



Which sweep seals to use on the bottom of draughty doors?



Perimeter Seals for Door sides and top


Which perimeter seal to use around draughty doors?



French Doors DIY made easy


Which French Door Kit to use to seal draughty French Doors?





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