Due to the advances in door technology in recent years, conventional screen and storm doors have largely become things of the past.
Storm doors were used for years as a way to increase the thermal efficiency of front doors when they’re closed, or to provide some ventilation when they’re open. But front doors have come a long way and, unless you have a very exposed, north-facing front door, we don’t recommend installing storm doors.
Storm doors only open about 80 degrees, and the less expensive ones are always prone to slamming on you because of the hinge design. And no matter how nice they look or how well they operate, they still diminish the attractiveness of your front door, which is, in many cases, a highlight of a home’s exterior.
As far as we’re concerned, the only reason to consider storm doors is if you like to open your door for fresh air or added light. If that’s the case, we recommend a higher-end model from Aluminart. They’re solid, well made, and durable, as opposed to the typical doors sold at home improvement stores. Many of those are made with an aluminum skin over particleboard, resulting in poor operation, warping or twisting, and screws constantly falling out.
Better yet, if all you’re after is more ventilation and light, why not consider just using a retractable screen door, like those made by Phantom® Screens? They’re virtually invisible when retracted, and won’t detract from the appearance of your front door or patio doors.
But watch out! They’re so undetectable, people sometimes end up walking right through them.
Why Not a New Front Door Instead?
If you have an older front door that does a poor job keeping the heat and cold out, wouldn’t you be better off putting the money you were going to spend on a storm door into a new, energy-efficient front door? It will save you money in the long run, and also enhance the curb appeal of your home.