Storm doors attach on the outside of an exterior door, creating a space between the outside weather and your door. These doors are becoming increasing popular for their ability to protect your doors and improve the energy efficiency of your home. Additionally, these doors are a great way to add security and ventilation to your house.
Storm Door Advantages
People buy storm doors for a number of different reasons.
Storm protection. When a wind, rain or snow storm hits, the storm door protects the main entrance to your home or whatever door they are in front of.
Insulation. Because these doors provide an additional barrier between the inside of your house and the elements, the pocket of air between the doors acts as an insulator and barrier.
Energy savings. The insulation provided by a storm door means that air conditioned air doesn’t flow out and cold air doesn’t get in. This saves money in the form of the need for less air conditioning in the summer and less heating in the winter.
Security. A solid storm door also offers additional security . You can get a clear view of a person at the door without having to try and look through a restrictive peephole.
Air flow. Storm doors with screens are a great way to create cross ventilation while preventing insects from entering the home.
Curb appeal. If you have an older door, putting an attractive storm door in front of it will make your home look better from the outside.
Types of Doors
There are three basic types of storm doors available.
Full view. This door has a full-length pane of glass, which allows you to see who is outside without having to unlock the door. These normally come with a screen insert that you can change in and out according to the season.
Ventilating. The second option available is the ventilating door, which has moving panels. The top half of the door has both a glass and a screen panel. You can easily slide the screen up and the glass down depending upon the weather.
Retractable screen. The third kind of door is the retractable screen, which is sometimes referred to as an invisible screen or roll screen. When the door is not in use, the screen is conveniently hidden away. When you want to use the door for ventilation, you can pull out the screen from its housing and latch it into place.
Storm Door Construction
Storm doors are made from a variety of different materials. Each kind of door has advantages and will create very different looks to the exterior of your house.
Wood storm doors are the oldest type of storm door. The appearance of the wood appeals to many people, but you may have to repaint the door every couple of years.
Aluminum storm doors are one of the most weather resistant. They will not corrode.
PVC or vinyl storm doors are also available and they are becoming a common choice. That’s because extruded PVC is very strong and it can be made to look like wood. These doors are frequently reinforced with various materials, such as a steel frame, to make them stronger.
Storm Door Options
There are hundreds of different options available on the market. One thing that many people like to choose is a more decorative glass panel. You can select etched, v-groove, fogged glass or even thermal glass.
With storm doors, you also have options when it comes to the handle and which side of the door you want to place it on. Doors can either open right or left. You can have a standard pull handle or select a lever.
Additionally, you can choose to have key locks put on for more security.
If you have a disability, you should investigate doors, which automatically close and can be held open with the touch of a button.
Other options for your door include kick plates and pet flaps. Storm doors are also available for French and sliding doors.
A basic storm door will cost about $100. This price does not include installation. If you are handy with a screwdriver, most doors can be installed in a matter of hours. The price of the door is going to vary greatly depending upon the material that you select, and the options that you want to have included.
Storm doors are a wonderful and relatively inexpensive way to protect your home from inclement weather, save on energy costs, and improve your home’s security. And they come with plenty of options that can make these doors useful the whole year round.
For additional weather protection, read about storm windows.