44. What should I consider when selecting or shopping for weather strip?

Choose a product for each specific location. Felt and open-cell foams tend to be inexpensive, susceptible to weather, visible, and very inefficient at blocking hot or cold airflow. However, the ease of applying these materials may make them valuable in low-traffic areas, provide overall "look and function" are not major issues. Vinyl, which is slightly more expensive, holds up well and resists moisture. Metals (bronze, copper, stainless steel, and aluminum) Weatherstripping Products last for years and are affordable - but not so much as they used to be. Metal weatherstripping can also provide a nice touch to older homes where vinyl might seem aesthetically unappealing or out of place - just a few issues to consider when selecting or shopping for weather strip.