Keep the weather out with a storm door
Storm doors are metal or wood-framed doors with panels of glass. They can save you energy and money, especially when added to a home with an older front door that lacks modern insulation. Storm doors can be fitted in most standard door frames, including 30, 32, 34 and 36 inches wide. To ensure you get the correct size, measure the opening between the door jambs before you go shopping.
Storm doors can range in price from $79 to $450 and are occasionally easy enough for a do-it-yourself handyman to install on their own, while more complicated models may require professional installation. Read the door's warranty for purchase to make sure you're getting a durable, safe door.
Storm Door Materials
Aluminum storm doors are generally considered low maintenance. They usually have foam insulation in their frames. Low-emissivity (Low-E) glass or glazing indicates high quality. Vinyl-clad doors are less expensive but often aren't as durable and have a more restrictive warranty.
You can use a general window and glass cleaner on the storm glass, as well as common cleaning products to keep the door frame clean.
Storm Door Brands
When shopping for storm doors, you should focus on brands that are known for making safe, energy-efficient doors. Not only will this help ensure that you get a quality storm door, but most of the major brands will also assist you in getting a federally funded tax credit for 30 percent of your purchase price for an energy efficient door. Thus, you'll see an immediate return on your investment in addition to the long-term savings on energy costs.
Larson storm doors can protect your home without making it obvious that you're using a storm door. Full-view doors are full glass doors that allow maximum light into your home. Ventilating doors give you a screen, while ScreenAway doors have a retractable screen, giving you more ventilation options. Security storm doors have safety glass and more locking mechanisms to keep you and your family safe.
Andersen storm doors are beautiful, fashionable doors that can be customized to complement your home. You can choose from a wide variety colors, as well as from brass, nickel or bronze fixtures and accents. EMCO storm doors is a subsidiary of Andersen and offers low-maintenance, economical options.
Pella storm doors come in several colors with three handle varieties, allowing for a certain amount of customization. These doors also have interchangeable screens, making it easy to change them or replace them if necessary. For a more fashionable look, Pella also offers storm doors with decorative glass.