A storm door is an auxiliary exterior door, also known as a weather resistant door, intended to defend against Mother Nature. It’s easily recognized by its convertible, detachable panels and screens. When weather is favorable, installing a storm door can aid in allowing fresh air to enter your home.
Benefits of Installing a Storm Door:
Expanded Airflow: Storm doors with screens allow air to filter through your home even if the door itself is locked. This feature proves particularly advantageous in homes that do not have air conditioners.
Protection Against Mother Nature: A weather resistant door can act as a barrier for your front door from rain, sleet, and snow. This can maximize its life expectancy while also acting as an obstacle against air flow and water infiltration. Storm doors with screens also prevent insects from entering the interior of your home.
Supplemental Security: Storm doors add an additional layer of protection because they present an additional obstacle to burglars entering your home.
Enhanced Energy Efficiency: One of the many benefits of a storm door is it enhances a home’s energy efficiency. By acting as a barrier between the heat of the summer and frigid temperatures in the winter, it reduces air leaks from the primary entry door.
Increased Natural Light: A home’s entryway can become dreary without the installation of a storm door. This makes them particularly favorable in spaces with a sizable foyer.
Upped Curb Appeal: Storm doors are offered in and endless array of combinations. A custom look can be created through experimentation with hardware, glass designs, retractable screens, and colors. When carefully selected, these items can be a major contributor to your home’s curb appeal.
Storm Door Disadvantages:
Inconvenience of Two Doors: Tasks such as bringing in groceries, moving into your home, and leading your pet inside can become more tedious having to walk through two doors.
Potential Damage to Your Front Door: Another disadvantage includes the glass panels on a storm door having the potential to trap hot air on warm, sunny summer days. If the spot you’re considering installing a storm door is subject to routine direct sunlight, it may be worth reconsidering, as there is potential to cause damage to your front door.
Not Necessary on All Homes: If the spot you’re considering adding a storm door to is already sheltered with a roof overhang or covered porch, there’s no need to add a storm door to protect your front door.