How Important is a Storm Door?

A nice storm door on the front door of a house.

Your front door is an important part of your home, both aesthetically and in energy efficiency. In certain climates, adding a storm door can be important to protecting your front door and adding another layer of insulation to your home. In certain climates, a storm door can also add protection, light, and fresh air to your home, and may be a good choice for you. Whether you are looking to add a storm door, or you are looking into storm door replacement, it’s important to understand what a storm door is and what it is supposed to do.

What is a Storm Door?

A storm door is a second outer door, installed in front of an entry door. A storm door typically has three layers. The front and back of the door enclose a layer of interior insulation. It can include a glass pane, a screen, or it can have both and be interchangeable depending on the season. There are many choices in design, some of which are clear glass, allowing the look of the front door to show through. Others may be etched or designed to enhance the front door.

What are the Benefits of a Storm Door?

A storm door has several great benefits, especially in climates with cold and windy winters and mild spring and fall temperatures. In windy climates a storm door makes a big difference in your home’s insulation, adding another layer of protection against the elements. Exposure to wind and winter weather can damage a front door and cause the paint to fade, and a storm door will protect the front door from this damage. While the primary purpose of a storm door seems to be in protecting against the cold and wind, storm doors have a benefit in mild weather as well. A storm door with a screen allows a homeowner to open the door for light and ventilation without letting in bugs, animals, or outdoor debris.

What to Look for in Storm Door Replacement

When looking at storm door replacement or to add a storm door to your home, the first step is to talk to a contractor about your choices. Just like front doors, there are many options in both material and style. Storm doors are often glass, but the frame can be wood, fiberglass, or metal. An interchangeable storm door with a screen option is a good choice for ventilation in the warmer months.

A storm door can be an important piece in your home’s energy efficiency and can enhance the curb appeal of your home. Allowing fresh air when the weather is temperate and protecting against fierce winter winds is a big benefit for those who live where the seasons can be extreme. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today for more information about our quality storm doors and expert installation, or to schedule a virtual appointment today!


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