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Storm doors are an essential aspect to enhance the appearance
of your home. In addition to aesthetics, storm doors are also a
great way to weatherproof your home and save in energy costs.
Certain storm doors also provide ventilation and illumination. They
consist of windows, screens with glass or acrylic panels and
There are several things to consider before purchasing a storm door
including the type of door finish, hardware quality, weather
stripping, and construction material. It is best to invest in a
storm door if your main exterior door is old. It is often a waste of
money to add a storm door to a new exterior door because the energy
savings are not worth it.
The price of a storm door is affected by a large range of materials
and options. High-quality storm doors and windows use low-e glass
and are typically more expensive. Frames are usually made of
aluminum, steel, fiberglass, or wood. Metal-framed storm doors and
windows might have foam insulation in their frames. Wooden storm
doors require more upholding than the other types.
There are many different styles, colors and designs to choose from
as well. Certain storm doors are equipped with full view panels
which allow the exterior door to be viewed. Also, you can get glass
panels that slide out of the way for ventilation. Other doors come
with half screen and half glass which slide past each other. Some
are removable for cleaning, others are not. Some doors have
self-storing pockets for the glass in summer, and an insect screen
for the winter.
In addition, kick plates that shield the lower portion of the door
are also available. If circulation is a concern, there are vent
options for on the top or bottom of the door. Also, security
features such as grids and dead bolt locks increase the level of
protection. All of these features add some convenience and higher