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Are Storm Doors Really Necessary?

We here at Clera are lovers of all things doors and windows so, technically we’d never turn down an opportunity to supply and install a high quality functioning door, even if that means a storm door! But, if the question is whether or not a storm door is honestly and truly really that necessary? Well then, we’d say generally, no it’s not always all that necessary and we don’t normally recommend the installation of storm doors to all our clients.

A storm door is a second, outer door commonly installed for protection against bad weather, and allows for ventilation in fair weather. Storm doors typically have interchangeable or retractable glass and screen panels and are available in many sizes and materials.

When Clera Windows and Doors installs your beautiful new entry way doors, they are engineered to handle Canada’s tough and varied climate, as well as provide optimal security and functionality. Moreover, they add such a beautiful modern touch to the exterior of your home, so why cover them up with a storm door? Most homes have a porch, or an overhang that measures at least four by four feet which means that the door is pretty well protected from the elements and a storm door may not be necessary to say the least.

Adding a storm door can be a good investment if your existing door is old but still in good condition and you’re not quite ready to take the plunge in replacing the entire door. However, adding a storm door to a brand new, insulated door is not generally worth the expense, because you won’t save much more energy. One benefit could be that storm doors generally have interchangeable glass panels and window screen panels. When the weather is nice, you can leave the front door open, provide visibility to the outside, added ventilation, and let the natural light in while preventing flying insects from entering the home.

Homeowners will consider storm doors to try to better insulate the door in order to save on energy bills. But, how much is the potential to save versus the cost of the storm door and installation itself. To be honest, storm doors can save energy by regulating your home’s temperature year-round. The extra layer of home insulation reduces heat loss in the winter and keeps cool air inside when it’s warm outside. However, the energy savings from storm doors are minimal. If you’re front door is drafty, leaking cold air, not opening and closing with ease, then why add more to the problem? Why not replace the entire system. Understandably, a replacement door is a big decision for most families but in the long-term, it certainly reaps the most benefits as well as adds immediate value to the home. Instead of spending on a storm door to cover up an old door, wait for right opportunity to replace your door with a brand new energy-efficient replacement door that will not only look good but fix all the issues in one job.

With that being said, there are certain circumstances that may call for a storm door to be added such as, high crime, high traffic areas where an extra layer of protection may be desirable or homes that are constantly exposed to extreme weather situations like high winds and driving rains. Again, these are the exception, not the norm.

If you’ve been considering installing a storm door, speak to a specialist at Clera Windows and Doors first. We’d be happy to provide our insight on whether or not a storm door may benefit you or other options that might suit your home’s needs for added comfort and security. There are many design possibilities for storm doors that might interest you, the frames and glass of storm doors can come in many different styles, all which let in different levels of light and ventilation. Full view storm doors have an entire panel of glass in the door so your beautiful front door could be fully visible. If you need a storm door customized to a style that matches the exterior of your home, they are available in a variety of colors, and handle sets are available in many different finishes.

Clera Windows and Doors is family run company since 1978, you can be assured that we understand and appreciate the importance of any home renovation project to your family. We’re in the business of providing comfort and security for households across Canada, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all the homes and families that have entrusted us with such an important decision to improve their home’s functionality and security. All of our fenestration installation technicians are rated by the Canadian Standards Association and our products are all ENERGYSTAR rated as well, so you know our work can be trusted. We’ve also taken home the “Top Choice Award” and are so confident in our craftsmanship that we include a written, lifetime factory warranty on our products. Contact Clera Windows and Doors to find a specialist in your area and set up a free consultation today!