In this article, you will learn:
1. The purpose of a storm door
2. Storm Door Benefits
3. Selecting the right style
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Storm doors are an excellent addition to any home renovation project.
Commonly mistaken for screen doors, storm doors offer similar framing and screen options with the addition of protective glass panels as well as latching/locking security capabilities.
As Canadian homeowners experience a wide range of climate changes throughout the year, this extra level of protection does a great job of keeping out the elements, preventing break-ins, improving energy-efficiency and increasing property value.
As storm doors are an often underrated upgrade, the following article will identify all of the helpful benefits a storm door can add to your property!
At Stouffville Glass, we pride ourselves on helping our clients make the most educated decisions possible.
By understanding the purpose, benefits and styles available, we hope to help you select the best storm door for your home and your family.
What is the Purpose of a Storm Door?
A storm door is a second, outermost door to a home’s front entrance.
Commonly used to protect against break-ins and bad weather, storm doors serve a wide variety of purposes.
With retractable/interchangeable glass and screen panels, homeowners are able to enjoy the fresh air through a built-in ventilation system.
The screen/glass panels also allow parents to watch their children play outside without the obstruction of a solid door!
In the colder months, the extra insulation blocks cold air from entering the home, drastically improving energy efficiency.
Available in a variety of colours, materials and styles, here is a full list of the 11 benefits a storm door can provide:
11 Benefits of Installing a Storm Door
1. Protection Against the Elements:
Storm doors serve as a protective shield for your front entrance.
This means that it will act as a durable barrier between your front door and any harsh weather that may occur throughout the year!
From rain, snow and ice to hail, wind and heat – storm doors are especially helpful in protecting front doors that are made of sensitive materials and/or finishings.
2. Better Air Circulation:
With retractable screen panels, storm doors provide an excellent source of air circulation.
As some homes (such as townhouses) might not have as many windows distributed throughout the property, storm doors create an excellent solution to improving air quality from the front end of the home.
3. Keeping Out The Bugs:
While the above point outlines the benefits of air circulation, screen panels also protect the home from flies, bugs and unwanted pests.
Keeping your front door open for a few minutes may help blast some fresh air circulation, but a storm door will keep the bugs at bay.
4. Increases the Lifespan of Exterior Doors:
The hot rays from the sun can often fade and/or warp the materials of your front door.
As a storm door’s protective glass panel will deflect the rays, it will also diffuse the intensity of the heat, preventing it from damaging anything behind it.
By installing a second, protective door to the outside of your front entrance, you can actually extend the lifespan of your exterior doors!
5. Protection from Theft:
A storm door with a lock is an added security feature for any home.
Many styles come with bolt-and-padlock security features, strengthened screens, advanced vault locks, and reinforced fibreglass.
As an additional barrier between the outside world and your property, storm doors can add an extra level of home security to prevent theft and burglary.
6. Extra Insulation:
Entry doors are one of the major sources of air leakage problems in homes.
As the door materials age, weak points along the top, bottom and sides start to allow air to pass through!
Storm doors can insulate your home the same way storm windows or double paned glass windows might, by creating a barrier that traps air from entering or leaving.
7. Improves Energy Efficiency:
When your home is properly sealed, your cooling and heating systems don’t have to work as hard to regulate internal temperature.
In fact, storm doors can reduce energy loss up to 50 percent!
By keeping your home as energy efficient as possible, it is much easier to keep your home (and your energy expenses) feeling a lot more comfortable.
8. Noise Reduction:
Recording studios often install double-glazed windows and double doors to slow down the vibrations of sound.
Similarly, storm doors create a noise-reduction barrier that reduces the amount of outdoor noise entering your home.
This can be especially helpful for homeowners that live near traffic, highways, railways and even schools!
9. More Natural Light:
Installing a storm door to the front entrance of your home can immediately brighten up your hallway.
As solid doors must remain closed, the glass panels of a storm door can allow you to enjoy some natural sunlight without the risk of pests, bugs or debris.
Completely replacing your front door can be an expensive upgrade.
In some cases, the more cost-effective door options may not be as safe, durable or long-lasting as others.
As storm doors are durable and affordable, they are an excellent way to protect your front entrance and prolong the life of your existing front door.
11. Increased Property Value
Storm doors provide a wide range of benefits to homeowners.
From safety and durability to energy efficiency and air circulation – a storm door adds a significant amount of value to your property!
By installing a front door storm door, your property value will also increase for when you are ready to sell.
Selecting The Right Style of Storm Door For Your Home
Storm doors are available in a variety of different styles and materials.
Most commonly made from wood, aluminum, vinyl and fibreglass, there are three basic types of storm doors:
1. Full-View: a full-view storm door offers a solid glass panel that can be interchanged with a full screen panel during the warmer months. The unused panel is then stored for future use.
2. Ventilating: a ventilating storm door contains two glass panels and 1-2 screen panels at the same time. The glass panels are then moved up or down to reveal the screen and allow air circulation.
3. Retractable Screen: a retractable screen storm door (also referred to as a rollscreen) is a relatively newer version that combines the full-view and ventilating styles. The screen is connected to the top window and conveniently rolls up on a tensioned dowel at the top of the door. This creates a full-view door when the screen is not in use, with ventilating capabilities when it is.
While storm doors were originally made using wood and mesh screen panels, the risk of mould and corrosion takes away from it’s low-maintenance, long-lasting potential.
At Stouffville Glass, we provide the highest quality in aluminum storm doors..
With materials sourced from Everlast Group of Companies, our aluminum storm doors provide the following features:
– Cost Effective
– Corrosion Resistant
– Do not need to be frequently painted or maintained
– Available in a variety of styles, shapes and thicknesses If you are interested in upgrading your home with all of the wonderful benefits of a storm door, our experts are happy to help!
Click here or call us at (905) 640-4016 for a complimentary consultation.