Weather the Elements with the Right Storm Doors
If you live in an area of the country that seems to have more than its share of inclement weather, you know the importance of storm doors. When thunderstorms, snowstorms or other extreme weather conditions hit, these protective doors can be a solid barrier between you and the outside.
In addition to providing protection, storm doors permit you to let fresh air into your home without losing any security or protection. That’s something that a mere screen door can’t do alone. Combine that with the easy installation that is a feature of most storm doors and it can be an answer for many homeowners.
A Variety of Models
Storm doors can come in several models: a full glass storm door which features a full length of glass; a vented storm door that is divided into two glass panels and a screen panel and a convertible screened storm door that features a screen that rolls up and out of the way when not needed. Then there are other storm doors that come with additional screen panels that can be inserted into the doors in place of glass panels during the summer to let more air into the home.
We carry the following manufacturers of storm doors (click below to read more about styles and colors):
As far as security, storm doors can be made secure by utilizing one of several lock systems available. Many door models have deadbolt locks that can thwart many potential intruders. To further make the doors secure, some models also come with bars that can add reinforcement to the glass sections. Also, the screen sections can be replaced with glass that adds a slightly higher level of security.
When it comes to materials, quality storm doors are made of the most durable material possible. Aluminum is one of the most popular choices, because of its strength and flexibility. It’s able to withstand a pounding from the elements yet remain intact. In addition, it can be coated with vinyl and pained in any color that compliments your home. Furthermore, elements such as brass hinges can compliment the aluminum as well.
As for the screens on the storm doors, homeowners have a choice of several materials, each with a different benefit. Galvanized steel is highly affordable yet strong. However, the steel should be sprayed with a special lubricant each year to reduce the possibility of rust. Aluminum screens are highly resistant to rust and corrosion (except in areas near the shore) but has a tendency to be easily torn. Finally, screens made of fiberglass are the least likely to corrode or rust but can be more expensive than the rest.
Storm doors can offer protection, security and style to your home. If you’re looking to add a storm door or replace your worn existing storm door, investigate the options and find the right door for your environment.