Storm doors are installed over exterior doors to provide an extra layer of protection. The most common types are wood storm doors, aluminum storm doors, fiberglass storm doors, or vinyl (PVC) storm doors. Typically, storm doors are comprised of one glass panel or a solid bottom with a glass panel at the top. All non-glass parts of the door are most often made out of aluminium and can have an added solid or foam core. Read on to learn more about storm doors for your home.
Residential Aluminum and Glass Storm Door |
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Costs of Storm Doors
Storm doors are generally inexpensive, especially when compared with most kinds of wood doors. On average, most storm doors cost $100 to $350. However, installation can add up to $100 to the final bill.
Durability of Storm Doors
A storm door’s most essential function is to add a layer of protection and stability to your home. Any storm door should be exceedingly durable and able to withstand the elements. Additionally, because a storm door offers a shield against harsh storms or intense sunlight, it will considerably increase the lifespan of any door it protects.
How to Treat Storm Doors
A storm door is itself a method of treating or finishing an exterior door. Storm doors protect exterior doors from the weather, and are especially effective in preventing the build-up of moisture. This will be especially beneficial for wooden doors that are susceptible to rot. When installing a storm door, it is often possible to carve designs or patterns onto its glass panels. It is also important to ensure that a storm door is vented to avoid temperature build-up.
Repairs and Maintenance
Though undeniably hardy, storm doors can be susceptible to some damages. In particular, a storm door’s latch and hinges can become flimsy. Parts like these are easily replaceable. To prevent dents or scratches, ensure that all the door’s hinges and latches are oiled and function smoothly. Also, it's important to make sure that the door’s tracts are clear and clean, as this will help the door open and close properly. Additionally, homeowners should never leave a storm door locked in an open position, as strong winds can damage it.
Energy Efficiency and Tax Credits
Storm doors significantly increase your home’s energy efficiency with an extra layer of insulation that helps to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Adding a solid inner core or foam insulation can increase a storm door’s insulating capabilities. More expensive storm doors often incorporate low-e glass or glazing for added energy efficiency. A typical storm door has an R-Value of 1 to 1.25.
Summary: A Practical Choice for your Home
Storm doors help protect your home and reduce energy costs by increasing your entry door’s insulation. Additionally, a storm door need not detract from your front door’s appeal, as most modern storm doors are designed with elegance. Find a storm door for your home today with HomeAdvancement’s easy links.