How To Remove Old Weatherstripping On A Storefront Door
A storefront door is the face of your store. It is the first thing customers notice as they are choosing to shop at your store. Having a presentable storefront door is very important. A beat up, worn out door may give them the impression that the products and services offered inside are of similar quality. The number one component of a storefront door that can make it appear old or worn out is the pile weatherstripping. On the lock stile and pivot stile there is a narrow channel that the brush pile weatherstripping slides into. Unfortunately, depending on factors such as the age of the door, traffic level, and environment, pile weatherstripping is often the first component to break down. It is not uncommon to see sections of pile weatherstripping missing from the lock stile of the storefront door, the pile weatherstripping hanging from the top or bottom of the door due to improper installation. In this guide we explain how to removed old brush pile weatherstripping from your storefront door so you can replace it.
Identify Brush Pile Weatherstripping
Almostt 95% of storefront doors use slide in brush pile weatherstripping. The first step is to identify the locations of the brush pile weatherstripping. When you swing the door open so that the lock is facing you, you should see pile weatherstripping running the entire height of the door. On the pivot side of the door, the same pile weatherstripping should be running down the entire height of the pivot stile of the storefront door.
Identify Staking or Dent Points
When brush pile weatherstripping is installed, it is designed to slide directly into the aluminum channel on the door stile. If you gently pull on the brush hair of the pile weatherstripping it has some wiggle room all directions. The pile weatherstripping is constructed from small brush hair that is attached to a flat plastic type base. The base is what slides into the door channel and keeps the pile brush from being pulled out of the channel. However, the pile weatherstripping is still able to slide up and down out of the channel. To solve this, installers will use a hammer and flat head screw driver and punch or dent the door channel at the top of the door and bottom of the door. This keeps the pile weatherstripping in place and unable to slide out from the top or bottom. When you see storefront doors that have pile weatherstripping sliding down out of the bottom of the door or sliding up out of the top of the door, this is because the door channel that the pile weatherstripping sits in, was not properly dented to hold the weatherstripping in place. To identify the dents or staking points on your storefront door simply run your finger up and down the door channel. It will be very obvious to notice the dents as they will feel like sharp and deep scratches compared to the smooth surface of the aluminum door channel.
Remove Dents and Open Door Channel Back Up
Once the dent points have been identified, use a flat screw driver and hammer to carefully pull the channel back into normal position. When the installer dented in the aluminum channel, it basically closed part of the channel shut against the pile weatherstripping. We find it easiest to slip the flat head screw driver into the dented channel and gently pry up to open the channel back up.
Slide Old Pile Weatherstripping Out Of Channel
Once all dents on the door channel have been returned to their normal position, the old pile weatherstripping will slide out of the door. Simply remove the old pile weatherstripping and you are ready for installation of the new pile weatherstripping.
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