How To Choose The Right Security Storm Doors For Your Home
Security storm doors are one of the best ways to deal with both Mother Nature and Human Nature (i.e. intruders).
While many homeowners have storm doors installed just before winter, security storm doors offer a whole series of benefits all year long. The main benefits of installing security storm doors include:
- Added Security: A storm door with a regular lock and a dead bolt that requires a key to open both sides is a powerful deterrent to would-be thieves and home invaders.
- Preservation of the Main Entryway Door: Decorative entryway doors are an investment that you don’t want compromised or warping because of exposure to rain, snow, sleet, or hail. By adding a clear glass storm door, you can highlight the beauty of the main door but keep it protected from the elements. This will extend the life of this important design element at the front of your home, as well as other exterior doors.
- Increased Energy Efficiency: A storm door that’s properly installed with a tight seal literally improves the energy efficiency of your home, since air leakage from doors and windows typically are the main sources of heat loss in the winter. By adding a storm door, particularly if you have an older entryway door that doesn’t fit as well as it originally did, you’ve added a cost-effective solution that will help you save energy and save money.
- Increased Comfort In Your Home: In addition to helping you use less energy, a storm door also can make a drafty room more comfortable in the winter, purely because the storm door helps stop drafts.
- Added Natural Light: Adding a security storm door with lots of glass allows you to keep the main door open and let natural light stream into the entryway of your home when weather permits.
- Added Ventilation Without Bugs In The Summer: No question, we all love summer breezes wafting through the house. A storm door with interchangeable panels of glass and screen allow you to open the door, and let fresh air flow through without bugs joining you inside.
Choose Security Storm Door Materials Based on Colorado Weather
There are four main types of materials used for storm doors, including:
Superior Products Colorado does not even offer wood, vinyl, or aluminum doors because they simply don’t do the job that a quality storm door should do. None of the three options provide adequate security, and don’t provide a tight seal so you won’t see savings in energy or increases in comfort.
The bottom line is: If you’re spending the money on a security storm door, do it right the first time and buy one that will last, and accomplish your objectives, i.e. a steel storm door. Steel storm doors offer the highest level of security, are long-lasting, and offer the greatest improvements in energy efficiency and increased comfort inside on a snowy, cold day.
Do I Really Need A Security Storm Door?
To determine if adding a storm door is in your best interests, answer the following questions:
1) Do you want to save energy?
2) Do you want your main entryway area comfortable year round? i.e. Is your main doorway drafty and cold in the winter, and hot in the summer
3) Is the entryway or front room cold in the winter?
4) Do you have an expensive main door that could be damaged if it gets wet?
5) Are you concerned about break-ins and looking for additional security?
If you answered yes to these questions, you need a storm door!
How To Choose The Right Security Storm Door
Here are some attributes of storm doors that can help you narrow down the right storm door for your home.
Glass Options for Security Storm Doors
Three main options for storm door glass include:
- Full View Storm Doors (One big glass panel lets you see the main door behind it.)
- Partial View Storm Doors (These storm doors have a solid panel at the base and the top with glass in the middle.)
- Decorative Glass Storm Doors (These storm doors have special decorative glass such as frosted patterns that provide light and privacy.)
- Self-Storing Storm Doors (Self-storing storm doors feature glass that can be dropped down to expose the screen.)
Materials Options for Security Storm Doors
The only material Superior Products Home Improvements recommends for storm doors is steel. If you truly want the benefits of a storm door, steel is really the only option.
Screen Options for Security Storm Doors
The two main options are:
- Removable Screen Panel: This panel must be physically installed, with the glass panel removed, for air to flow through.
- Self-Storing Glass Panel: The glass panel can be dropped down, exposing the screen. (You will pay a bit more for this feature.)
Door Sizes for Security Storm Doors
There are a number of standard sizes for storm doors. Standard front door sizes are 36 inches wide by 80 to 81 inches tall. In contrast, standard back doors typically are 32 or 36 inches wide by 80 to 81 inches tall. If your main door fits this standard, you’ll have plenty of options. If you have a custom door size, finding a storm door will cost more, simply because it’s custom.
Security Storm Door Installation Advice
If Superior Products Colorado had a nickel for every time we’ve been hired to fix someone’s “fixing,” we’d be living in Tahiti! Why? Hanging and installing storm doors is not as easy as you might think. If you cut the doorjam too much, you will compromise the load-bearing qualities and the main door will have to be replaced, or re-hung with a rebuilt frame. That gets expensive! Bottom line: you’ll save time and money in the long run if you have professionals install your new storm door, and we are here to help.
What Should I Expect To Pay For A Security Storm Door?
There’s such a wide range of options for storm doors that it’s hard to accurately state costs with detailed specifications. But a general range to expect to pay for a quality steel storm door that also provides security is anywhere from $750 to $1,500 installed. In addition, storm doors with interchangeable panels of glass and screen cost a little more but are worth their weight in gold on nice summer and fall days when you want some fresh air in the house. Some storm doors also include self-storing panels, so that the screen is always there, and when you want fresh air, you simply slide the glass panel down, expose the screen, and let the fresh air waft in.
The bottom line is that a new storm door can solve a host of problems you may be facing:
- Wasted money paying huge utility bills each month
- Drafty cold rooms
- Security concerns; and more.
When you add security storm doors to your home, it packs a big punch in improving the aesthetics, energy efficiency, security, and comfort of your home.