Meeting Rail Weather-Stripping


The Hardest Place to Seal - Meeting Rails

Meeting Rails

The Meeting Rails are the hardest place in the whole window to seal properly. Most traditional windows merely rely on the friction between the two wooden parts to make a seal. That's usually OK for a while, but sooner or later, the parts will begin to warp or become caked with paint and in either or both instances, they will eventually fail to seal properly. That's when you put the newspapers over the joint in the winter time.

The illustration on the right is a vertical cross section showing the meeting rails with the window open and our 3/8" reach, vinyl covered bulb seal on both rails.

Vinyl Covered Bulb Seals for Compression Applications

Composed of open-celled foam and a polyethylene liner which provides maximum long-term performance with low compression force, and resistance against compression set. Retains its original shape year after year to maintain an excellent seal. 

The Weather-stripping Kit provides two lengths of state-of-the-art vinyl covered bulb seals to apply to each meeting rail to ensure an air-tight fit between the upper and lower meeting rails. 

Closed Window Illustration

The illustration on the right shows the same parts in a closed position. By milling the meeting rails to the proper depth (easily accomplished with a router bit with a rub-collar), the compression will be perfect to ensure an airtight seal. Also, some customers opt to save a bit of time and effort by only applying one bulb (usually to the bottom meeting rail) which also presents an unaltered appearance from the interior with the window open.The Retrofit Kit provides two lengths of state-of-the-art vinyl covered bulb seals to apply to each meeting rail to ensure an airtight fit between the upper and lower meeting rails.