Installing a storm door is one of the smartest home fixes you can undertake before those cold fall and winter months set in. Storm door installation is a relatively simple project that requires only basic tools that you might already have on hand. It's also one of those remodel projects that you can feel confident about since the rewards far surpass the modest amount of labor and cost of materials.
Reasons to Install a Storm Door
Before you purchase a storm door, acquaint yourself with its features since some homeowners may have misconceptions about their functions and benefits. In some cases, you might even find that a storm door is unnecessary for your situation.
Storm doors are aptly named because their main purpose is to protect your exterior door against the effects of weather in general and inclement weather in particular. Secondarily, storm doors help preserve your heated interior environment by reducing drafts that may enter through your exterior door's weatherstripping.
There are many reasons to install storm doors. Storm doors can:
Protect your main, exterior door from direct contact with rain and snow
Add more light to your room during fair weather with the solid door open
Provide short-term protection against banked-up snow
Reduce drafts that pass through your exterior door's weatherstripping
Storm doors are not a cure for all winter-related woes. If you have a covered porch that reliably prevents moisture of all types from reaching your front door, adding a storm door will add little or no value. Replacing your exterior door with a better model might, in fact, be a wiser move. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a storm door will provide minimal benefits if you already have a newer, insulated front door. Your energy savings may not offset the cost of the storm door.
Consider these other limitations to storm doors:
Storm doors cannot prevent floodwater from entering your home.
Similarly, storm doors banked with snow will eventually leak through the seals if left in place too long.
The air pocket between the storm door and the front door is only of minimal R-value.
Storm doors usually cannot be painted to match or otherwise complement your home's exterior.