Dec 15, 2012

Cinch Door Insulation System

Guest blogger: Chancellor Wyman (my husband)

We received the Cinch door insulation system. This particular system uses adhesive backing on metal strips instead of screws to adhere to the wooden frame of a door to press up rubber strips against to door to help insulate from any air flow in or out.

The instructions consisted simply of 4 pictures of measuring, cutting, pulling off the backing of the adhesive, and then applying it around the outside portion of the door. While the simple instructions were meant to make it look easy, there were a few snags I encountered. 


The first issue came when I had to use a hacksaw to cut the metal strips. The best way to do this is to remove the rubber inserts since they can get in the way of fully cutting through. It's best to use a pair of sharp scissors or a box cutter to match them up to size. The main issue was when cutting the metal, it tended to bend. I even made sure I was using a new hacksaw blade, but it still bent on me. 

Also, the best way to install these strips is to close the door and then adhere the strips to the frame, making sure that the rubber is pressed up against the door to create a seal. I did encounter an issue with the frames that I bent since they didn't adhere flush to the doorframe. I ended up using screws to keep them in place, which sort of defeats the purpose of having the adhesive.

The other item that came with the door frame insulation was a covering for the bottom that also consisted of a metal strip with rubber insulation. This used 3M adhesive as well to adhere to the door. Since we already had bottom insulation installed on the front door, I used this on our side door. This was much easier to install as I just needed to measure the width and cut it with a hacksaw. There was no worry about making sure the rubber strip lay flush to the door as this was just meant to seal to the bottom and had give to it.

I was a little bit more careful this time and did not bend the metal.

In general, the idea is a good one, but I felt there could have been more detailed instructions to assist, especially with warnings about possibly bending the metal and the best way one could cut the metal by removing the rubber inserts.

 Disclosure: I received a Cinch Door Insulation System in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my husband's. Your experience may differ.

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