Weather the storm with prefab or custom storm doors
To provide an extra protective barrier and give you the ability to let more fresh air into the house, storm doors can be placed in front of regular exterior doors. Your standard storm door will feature both a divided pane of glass and a screen, and the pane of glass can be raised to facilitate ventilation while keeping insects out of your house.
While wooden storm doors have a quaint look and were a popular choice in years past, aluminum storm doors are sturdier and are the most common choice of today's homeowners. You can also get storm doors that are made of fiberglass or PVC.
Choose the Right Storm Door
Though they are not as sturdy, many people feel that wooden storm doors have the most visual appeal. They work particularly well with houses that have traditional architecture, or have wooden or siding facades. If style rather than corrosion resistance is your primary concern, this could be the right choice for your home.
Aluminum storm doors offer corrosion resistance that is far superior, yet still not as good as what fiberglass or PVC storm doors can offer. With aluminum, PVC and fiberglass, the thicker the door, the sturdier (and more expensive) it will be. PVC and fiberglass are, on average, considerably more expensive than aluminum.
In addition to these choices, you can get custom storm doors that integrate both decorative and practical elements. They can be as thick or as thin as you like, and they make a good choice if you live in a region that sees extreme or rapidly changing weather conditions.
Popular Brands of Storm Doors
There are many companies that manufacture quality storm doors. However, there are three brands that enjoy a particularly high level of popularity with homeowners: Emco, Larson and Anderson.
Emco Enterprises was founded in 1932. The company developed a patented line of storm doors in the 1970s, and today, Emco storm doors and Andersen storm doors, another of the company's brands, are widely available at major home improvement retailers throughout North America.
Larson storm doors are well-known for improving home energy efficiency. The company has a long history of quality and innovation, and has been manufacturing residential exterior doors for over half a century.