How Much Does Weatherstripping Cost?

José R. Mendoza
Written by José R. Mendoza
Updated January 11, 2022
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The average cost of weatherstripping is around $260 per project

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Weatherstripping seals gaps in your doors and windows. This prevents air from coming inside your property, indoor air from escaping during the summer, and heating from leaking in the wintertime. The typical price range of weatherstripping is around $130 to $400 per project. The price difference depends on the type of material you use and the number of doors and windows you need to seal

How Much Does Weatherstripping Cost Per Linear Foot?

Weatherstripping is a cost-effective way for homeowners to save energy and comes in various materials and styles. The price range per linear foot is $1.45 to $25. On the low end, you have foam, tubular, and gasket weatherstripping products, and on the high end, you have magnetic, metal, and door sweeps. 

How Much Does Weatherstripping Cost Near You?

Weatherstripping prices vary slightly in different parts of the country. Keep in mind that most of the cost comes from the labor when you hire a professional to do the work for you. Here is a list of the average cost of weatherstripping in major cities around the country.

LocationAverage Cost
Los Angeles$310
New York City$300
Austin$360
Denver$240
Miami$140
Chicago$220
Columbus$220
Boston$340

How Much Does It Cost to Install Weatherstripping Yourself?

Weatherstripping is a fairly easy DIY project that anyone with the time and patience can tackle. The materials you choose and the tools you need ultimately determine the cost.

For example, if you choose foam tape as your weatherstripping choice, the cost is around $10.25 for a seven-foot roll. A standard door of 80 inches by 36 inches will need three rolls of tape, and the total cost will be about $30.80, plus the time you spend doing it, which won't be that long. 

When getting weatherstripping installed by a handyperson, the labor costs for the entire project will be around $150, including multiple doors and windows. If you only need to weatherstrip one or two doors, you are better off doing it yourself, unless it is an intricate door like a French door and you don't have the time to do it.

Weatherstripping Cost Breakdown

The cost breakdown of installing weatherstripping is relatively simple. If you hire a professional handyperson, expect them to make up most of your costs. The other factor is the type of material of weatherstripping products you use and the number of drafty windows and doors that need sealing. Generally, the average cost will be as follows:

CostPrice
Labor$0 to $150
Material$1.50 to $25 per linear foot
Tools$0 to $25

How Much Does Weatherstripping Cost by Type of Product?

There are a good number of choices of materials to pick from when it comes to weatherstripping. Foam tape and felt are some of the most affordable items, and metal and magnetic ones are the most expensive. Here is a list of the most used weatherstripping material types and their average price. 

Product TypePrice
Felt$0.10 per linear foot
Fin seal$0.20 per linear foot
Foam tape$1.47 per linear foot
Gaskets$0.60 per linear foot
Magnetic$20.50 per strip
V-Strips$0.25 per linear foot
Tubular$0.35 per linear foot

How Much Does It Cost to Weatherstrip a Door and a Window?

The final cost of weatherstripping your home will depend on the dimensions of your specific doors and windows and whether they are indoor or outdoor doors. Keep in mind that garage doors will be more expensive given their size. For doors and windows, you should estimate to spend about $64 per exterior door, $94 per interior door, and around $100 per window. And for a garage door, plan on spending somewhere between $170 to $490 when installed professionally.  

What Factors Influence the Cost of Weatherstripping?

Several factors influence the total cost of your weatherstripping project, such as the number of doors, windows, and garage doors and their dimensions. The type of material, the size of the gaps, and the type of labor you choose––especially if you select a contractor for the project––will affect the price as well. Bundling up the entire house in a single project is more cost-effective than doing them per piece at a time, especially if you hire a pro since they may have a minimum amount they will charge for a project of this size.   

Different parts of your house may require different types of sealing depending on the materials and the size of the gap. For example, a door with a wide gap at its top edge will need more weatherstripping than a window with a thin gap.

FAQs About Weatherstripping

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Should I install weatherstripping in my doors and windows?

Yes, you should install weatherstripping in your doors and windows. Most air drafts come from the gaps in your doors and windows, increasing your utility bill. Installing weatherstripping will eliminate those gaps, keep your property more climate-proof, keep insects out, and could reduce your utility bill by up to 20%. 

How do I replace weather stripping?

Inspecting your weatherstrips is the first step to effectively replace and update your weatherstripping in your doors and windows. Here are some steps to get started: 

  • Inspect your weatherstrips for air leaks and drafts 

  • Carefully remove the old weatherstrips

  • Clean the work area thoroughly

  • Take measurements

  • Cut all of the pieces needed

  • Install them following the manufacturer’s direction

How should I pick the best weather stripping for my project?

There are several different designs of weatherstripping and materials to choose from, including foam, vinyl, rubber, aluminum, silicone, and more. Keep in mind that not every weatherstrip type will work for each of your doors or windows. You can use this guide to get a sense of what materials will work best for your project. 

Door sweeps

As the name suggests, door sweeps are for door bottoms, both indoors and outdoors. Whether you have hinged, French, or Dutch doors, they all need a door sweep. 

Felt

This is best for all door jambs. 

Fin seal

This works best for sliding doors and windows.

Foam tape

This weatherstripping is a good choice for door and window jambs, door bottoms, and window sashes. 

Gaskets

The best use of gaskets is in doors and window stops, in and out of window sashes, and in door bottoms.

Magnetic

This is more efficient in doors, sliding windows channels, and double-hung windows. 

V-Strips

The same as with magnetic ones, V-strips can be used in doors and double-hung windows jambs. 

Tubular

Tubular weatherstripping is a great method to use for doors. 

What other projects should I do at the same time?

When you are weatherstripping your windows or doors, you can also consider reapplying caulk around them to prevent any possible air draft from coming through. 

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