Storm doors have a number of benefits, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. A storm door is installed on the outside of the main door and typically comes in aluminum or vinyl.
The storm door, as the name implies, is a barrier against nature’s elements. This helps prevent leaks and reduces repairs and maintenance on the main door. The storm door also acts as insulation, reducing the amount of heat escaping in the winter, and air conditioning in the warmer, summer months. Storm doors are generally made of glass panels but you can add a screen during the spring and summer to increase airflow.
Here are some of the biggest advantages of adding aluminum and vinyl storm doors to a home:
Aluminum Storm Doors
- Very strong and durable
- An aluminum pre-hung frame offers easy installation
- Has the option to include an elite lever handle and matching door sweep in brass, silver and oil-rubbed bronze.
Aluminum can be painted almost any customized colour. Aluminum storm doors also come in many styles that will compliment the look of any home. A storm door can be as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional whether you want a style that matches a Victorian house or a home with a cozy, vintage feel.
Vinyl Storm Doors
- Vinyl is an affordable material, especially for the quality
- It is virtually maintenance-free
- Very easy to clean
- Excellent as an insulator
- Easy to customize
A vinyl storm door can be purchased in the full view design, which features tempered glass. This is the ideal option for homeowners who have a decorative main door with intricate glass decorations or wood carvings that shouldn’t be hidden from view.
Vinyl storm doors with hidden, retractable screens are great ways to improve a home’s ventilation. The screen is hidden in the top door rail. They easily slide down and can lock into multiple positions. This door features a decorative horizontal SDL bar (simulated divided light bar) and is also ideal for displaying decorative embellishments on a main door.
Whether you choose vinyl or aluminum storm doors, there are other benefits besides the aforementioned ones.
Privacy and security
Storm doors provide an added layer of privacy and security. You know when someone knocks on your door to sell something and tries to solicit your money? If you open your door without the added security of a storm door, you’re going to have to deal with that person face-to-face. Storm doors come with locking mechanisms and they allow you to literally screen your visitors.
On days where it’s too hot to function, you’ll probably want to run your air conditioner. On the days where it’s hot but not too hot, you can open your front door and let the storm door let in air. You’ll get a nice cross-breeze flowing into your home, cooling it down without having to spend money running your A/C unit. Storm doors are also great in the spring when you want to air out your home after a long winter. Since the storm door acts as a barrier against the outside world, you can let air in while keeping everything else out.
Keep bugs out
Bugs and other unwanted pest want nothing more than to take up residence in your home. When they see an opportunity in the form of an open, screenless window or a door that’s ajar, they’ll waste no time flying, crawling and slithering into your house. When you’re airing out your home or creating a nice cross-breeze, you want to keep pests out. Storm doors allow air to enter while keeping bugs out.
Quick and easy installation
Storm doors can be installed in any entry door. They can match any style door frame whether it’s vinyl, brick or wood and will hold securely once they’re installed. As simple and fast as storm doors are to install, it is recommended that you call a professional. If you attempt to install a storm door yourself you risk damaging your door’s frame. A door expert will be able to install your storm door efficiently without damaging your door frame.
A storm door is a great investment, especially if your main door is getting older but you don’t want to buy a new one immediately. Before purchasing a storm door, ask an expert about whether an aluminum or vinyl storm design matches your home’s needs best. This will help you choose a door that offers maximum energy efficiency to help you save money on utilities while protecting your door from nature’s elements.