Choosing the right materials for a storm door

Doors, Installing a security screen doorA storm’s door purpose is to protect another door from bad weather conditions. It can also help you save some money on energy. Usually, storm doors are made from wood, vinyl and aluminum.

We will talk about the pros and cons of each of these.

Pros and cons of vinyl storm doors

The main advantage is that vinyl doors are the least expensive among all 3. They can bought for around $100 and it isn’t a great investment. Scratches and holes are not very visible on vinyl doors. They are rust-free and are great for insulating a door. You can choose from a wide variety of designs and colors.

Doors, Velcro vs tracking attachments on screen doorsThe main disadvantage is that they aren’t very durable and they will need to be replaced once in a few years. But because of the low price, sometimes it’s more profitable to change the vinyl door then to buy a wood or aluminum one.

Pros and cons of wood storm doors

Wood storm doors have very nice design and can give a nice, sophisticated look. If they are treated right, sealing and painting, they can last for years and they also provide good insulation. They are very durable and are perfect for security storm doors.

Doors, Installing a pet doorThe biggest drawback is that they are very sensible to weather damage. Moisture is the biggest enemy as is makes the wood warp and swell. To avoid this, the wood needs proper treatment and maintenance. Also temperature can affect the wood

Pros and cons of aluminum storm doors

Aluminum doors are very visual appealing. The durability is the greatest among all 3. They also offer the highest degree of security. They cannot be damaged by bad weather, and are not affected by temperature and humidity.

The thing is that they are very expensive. They can cost up to $500. Because aluminum is heat conductive, this is not the best way to insulate your house. You can improve this by adding some foam strips or vinyl to the frame.

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Help me find a wooden storm/screen door?

I hate BB guns.
I'm in need of a new storm door.
My requirements are that it is solid wood and can be painted to match the rest of my vintage home. It must have a tempered glass panel that I can swap with a screen for the summer, or leave out to hand out Halloween candy. The opening for the glass should about 3/4 of the door height or greater.
I have had on or installed these on several of my houses over the last 20 years. However, I have called all of the local building supply stores and a few door stores in the Chicago area and no one has one that meets my needs

Good storm windows. Windows leak

Alot of heat. In the big older homes with lots of glass it can be expensive even for the medium grade aluminum "triple-track" storms, but you have to have them. Proper fitting storm doors on the exterior doors are also a must.
The newer winterising film that attaches to the inside of the frame with tape then are strecthed tight with the heat from a hair dryer are ugly but will save big bucks in heat cost trough a long tough winter. They are a few bucks per window ,usually last all winter and make a noticable difference both in livability [no cold draft] and in heat bills.
Weatgerstrip the exterior doors and get bottom sweeps too

After gold, silver, and copper, aluminum has

The highest thermal conductivity among metals.
The glass also has high conductivity. So, from a conduction standpoint, the combination is terrible.
However, most heat or cooling is lost from a house by leakage. A well fitting storm door could greatly reduce leakage and be well worth it from that standpoint.
It could also create or capture a dead air space between the two doors. Dead air spaces make good insulators. To minimized convection, or thermally induced air current, the doors should be only about half an inch apart.

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