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What Is A Storm Door?

When installed in front of an outside door, a storm door shields the door from bad weather and improves the look of the entrance. Most also function as vents for air circulation. Finding the ideal storm door for your house is simple because of the abundance of options available. Here, we’ll demonstrate the essentials of storm door research and selection.


Storm Door Basics

  • Most storm doors feature an aluminum frame or a strong, wood-core structure.
  • Most storm doors feature an aluminum frame or a strong, wood-core structure.
  • Many models incorporate storm door weatherstripping to decrease drafts and enhance energy efficiency.
  • The most typical storm door sizes are 32 or 36 inches wide, but Window Replacement Group also provides a broad selection of custom widths.
  • Consider a security storm door, which comes with a protective grille, a welded steel frame, and an anti-removable pin mechanism.


How to Fit a Storm Door

Storm doors may be adjusted to a certain extent so that they suit your house, but you still need to measure your door frame to locate the right size storm door. Do not measure from the inside of the door, but rather from the gap between the outer brickmould or trim. Take measurements of the door frame’s top, middle, and bottom widths as well as its height. Door sizes should be determined by the narrowest width.

The door, frame parts, hinges, and usually one or two pneumatic closers are all often included in a DIY storm door kit. You may opt to have the door swing to the left or the right when installing it since most doors are available with universal hinges.


Choosing a Storm Door Style

Different frame types provide various perspectives of the outdoors (and your entry door). Storm doors with fullview, petview, midview, and highview views are available.

A fullview door has glass that runs from the top to the bottom. It provides the most open view of the outside and is ideal for accentuating a front door. For added beauty, go for beautiful beveled glass or Low-E glass (low-emissive glass) to make your house more comfortable and minimize energy consumption. Low-E glass retains heat in the winter and reflects heat away in the summer. While letting natural light in, it also helps to prevent UV rays, thus decreasing fading of your front door or entryway furniture.

A midview door also provides an excellent view, but the glass does not complete the frame. A metal panel or kickplate protects the door from harm. This sort of door is a fantastic choice for a rear entrance that is used often.

A highview storm door features a glass panel at the top for external views and a solid panel at the bottom for protection. Highview doors, which combine weather protection with a strong construction, are another wonderful choice for heavily used entrances.

A storm door with a pet door built into the bottom panel (also known as a petview door) enables your pet to enter and exit easily.


Wooden door with storm door on the outside.

Storm Door Colors

Storm doors are available in a range of hues to compliment your house, including white, brown, black, almond, sandstone, and graphite.


Storm Door Ventilation Options

You may discover a wide range of ventilation solutions, from completely screen-enclosed storm doors to those with one or more glass panels.

Glass enables natural light to enter a room and provides excellent visibility of the outside world. The door’s adaptability is enhanced by the addition of screens to the glass panes.

Screens let in fresh air and beautiful scenery from the outside while keeping bugs out.

  • Fullview doors with interchangeable screens are available, allowing you to replace the glass with a screen depending on the season.
  • Retractable screen doors allow you to quickly enjoy fresh air by providing rapid ventilation when required and retracting into the top of the door when not in use.
  • Traditional or standard-vented doors have a fixed air flow screen.


Storm Door Handles

Handles for storm doors may serve aesthetic purposes as well. There are a number of options open to you.

Look for storm doors that also come with levers or knobs for the ultimate in convenience.

If you’re going for a really unique appearance, get a storm door without any hardware and then add a handle that coordinates with the rest of your door’s design and finish. Keep in mind that the lock body is not included with these matching handles; rather, it is part of the storm door’s integrated assembly. However, some handles include a deadbolt.


Storm Door Handle Replacement

If you buy a door that already has handles installed, you may change the handles to give your door a more modern design. In the same way that you should get replacement handles that match the existing ones, you should also make sure that the new handles you buy are suitable for your door. One common kind of replacement handle that incorporates a mortise lock body is for outside doors.


Storm Door Handle Finishes

Storm door handles are available in a variety of finishes, including nickel, satin nickel, brass, bronze, matte black, and others.


Storm Doors With Pet Doors

You may benefit from the security and aesthetics of a storm door while giving your pet the freedom to come and go as they want with a pet door, also known as a petview door. To prevent intruders from entering via the pet door, a locking panel covers it while it is not in use. The ingenious design of this pet door saves you the trouble of modifying your regular entranceway to accommodate your pet. Furthermore, it provides your pet door with a polished, expert appearance with little work on your part.


Storm Door Closers

A closer keeps the door from opening too widely or shutting too rapidly. The closer also lets you adjust the door’s closing speed and force. Even while a pneumatic closer is standard on storm doors, some models have two closers to better withstand strong winds. You can always add a second closer.


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