A storm door is used to protect exterior doors from the elements. Typically installed in colder climates, the storm door provides another layer of insulation by creating a pocket of insulated air between the exterior door and storm door. It also creates a weather-proof barrier that helps to prevent exterior doors from premature weathering.
Storm doors contain a variety of materials that suit the needs of a colder environment. Many newer styled storm doors are made from weather-proof materials. Vinyl and aluminum are probably the most common materials used for storm doors, as well as the cheapest and most economical choices available. Many cheaper models contain a wooden finger joint core.
More expensive models range in various materials. While wood is typically the most attractive, it does warp, bend and twist in the extreme elements of winter. Many models of storm doors exist that contain wood stiles while maintaining an artificial core. Thermatru brand doors contain a wide variety of interior composites with wood stiles.
Many storm doors are treated with wood sealants that prevent twisting and decay. They also are provided with heavy duty hinges that counteract the ferocity of harsh winter winds and heavy snow fall that can destroy conventional doors. Magnetized weather stripping also provides an extra layer of weatherproofing that conventional doors lack. Storm doors can also add another level of security by adding another locking door.
Storm doors can range in varieties and styles as well as price options. While costing from anywhere between $100 to $500, storm doors provide extra insulation that returns the cost of installation with savings in heating costs. If you’re worried about costs, the federal government can help. EnergyStar tax breaks can help you get a good quality storm door, at a fraction of the cost.
Installing a storm door can be easily done by the average homeowner with a few tools and basic DIY experience. Many kits exist and basic tools are all that is required for installation. Even if you’re not that handy with a screw gun and tape measure, finding a qualified contractor to install a storm door is easy enough.
But storm doors are not just for the winter months. A storm door can also double as a screen door during the warmer months. Several storm door manufacturers make doors with removable window inserts that easily replace with screens. Some storm doors even come with a storage mount for the windows.
Whatever your reason for installing a storm door, a storm door can provide you with added security, great weatherproofing and a beautiful entryway.