Wading Through the Storm Door Options
Storm doors offer many benefits for your home. They improve
security and offer a nice view, while optional screens allow fresh
air to circulate. In addition, storm doors with the Energy Star label might
help lower your energy bills and qualify for a tax credit or
Choosing the Best Storm Door
Not sure where to start when choosing a screen door? This quick
primer can help:
- The vast majority of storm doors are sold as
pre-hung units. Someone handy with a screwdriver could install a
new storm door in an afternoon, though more expensive or heavy
doors might need professional installation.
Measure your door before you go shopping; most pre-hung doors are
available in 30-, 32-, 34-, and 36-inch sizes.
- Most storm doors offer window screens. In some
cases, the glass panel can be clipped out and replaced with the
screen. Many models offer screens that slide on tracks alongside
the glass panels, and can be opened and closed with a simple flick
of the wrist. Other versions offer hidden screens, which can be
slid into the lower panel of the door for storage.
- When you purchase a screen door, you aren't limited
to what is in the box. Many companies offer mix-and-match
purchases. You choose the door, then the glass, and then the
hardware--there are several options for each.
- Consider the construction of your storm door.
Cheaper models are usually made of vinyl, and though they might
look good, they don't come with promising warranties. A solid wood
core with an aluminum coating is a popular and sturdy option.
Composite doors are very tough and last for a long time, but come
at a higher price.
- Do you want a storm door that adds security to your
home? Consider security storm doors with a wood core and heavy-duty
aluminum frame. You can also opt for aluminum bars, which are both
secure and decorative. A secure storm door should have excellent
locking capability, as well.
- Look at the warranty. The best storm doors have a
lifetime warranty, and are made by a company that has been around
long enough to back it up!
When you choose your storm door, don't forget to ask about a
door kit. Several pre-hung storm doors
come with a kit in the box, but if you aren't sure, ask! Purchasing
a door kit from the same manufacturer can ensure your door's
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near
Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair
and renovation have become her hobbies.
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