This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in March 2013.
A good storm door is not overrated, there are plenty of benefits to installing one, and it can be installed in an afternoon with a little patience and a few tools. If you’re looking for a step-by-step on how to install a storm door, check out this post on DIY Network.
I’m a big storm door advocate, so I’m telling you what I know from personal experience. The price ranges of the products available in your local home improvement stores is designed to satify every budget, with most manufacturers producing a variety of tiers that present different insulative benefits and design options. Like most products, there are many doors to choose from at varying price points, colors, and glass options.
I’ve updated two on our house, with much satisfaction. The one on the ground in this next photo, I should mention, was the one we took out. It’s metal frame did not hold up well to being kicked and scratched in the years before I owned the house.
Consider adding a storm door to the exterior entryways of your home for these reasons:
- For added insulation. The main reason I like our storm doors is because they serve as the first barrier for the direct wind, rain, and snow that blasts our home. It means that less cold air will force itself inside, and does a great job protecting our painted wooden entryway doors from the elements.
- For light. I really like the full glass pane doors because when the solid entry door is open on a day like today, I can still get a bright, warm sunny day greenhouse effect without actually feeling that it’s only 50 degrees outside. Nothing screams springtime like welcoming in more sunlight.
- For ventilation. I swap in a screen panel in place of the glass pane come summer, opening up my un-air-conditioned home to a refreshing cross breeze. Most doors come with a screen included, and others are sold with the screen built directly into the door itself so that the glass and screen run on parallel tracks for easy interchangeability.
- For safety. Storm doors also lock, so consider them one extra door lock for intruders to have to get through.
- For the dog. OK, I’m joking, but man, our dog really loves watching passers by through the glass window (furniture or window height inhibits his view from other places in the house). He could stand there smiling and wagging his tail all day.
A few tips if you’re in the market to buy:
- You can special order door colors. There are so many options that stores don’t have the space to keep all colors and sizes in stock. Don’t feel obligated to pick up a white door if brown would go better with your home, or wood if you want a steel model.
- When going to buy, width of your doorway noted. Storm doors for the most part are sold as 80″ in height, but the width itself should match the doorway of your home, which is much more subject to variation. When it comes to adjusting for height, if your door height is, say, 82″, know that you will be able to customize the door sweep and weatherstripping to create a tight, weatherproof seal all around.
- Almost all doors are interchangable in the way they are installed and can accomodate left- and right-swing doorways. You will get to pick which side the knob hardware goes when you are installing it. Quick tip: If your entryway door swings in and to the right, install the storm door to pull out and to the right. Hinge the door to the same side that the entryway door hinges are installed on.
Go get ‘em.