The 7 Best Storm Doors of 2022 to Defend Your Home

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A storm door adds a layer of protection from the elements during inclement weather and helps keep heat inside during the winter months and cooled air inside in the summer. 

We researched dozens of storm doors, evaluating ease of installation, quality of materials, and versatility. Our best overall pick is the Andersen 3000 Series Full Storm Door, which comes preassembled and is incredibly sturdy thanks to a thick aluminum frame and thermally tempered safety glass.

Here are the best storm doors.


Final Verdict

Overall, we recommend the Andersen 3000 Series Aluminum Storm Door (view at ome Depot) because the door is offered in multiple sizes and colors, is made with thermally tempered glass, and has a lifetime warranty. For a budget-friendly option, consider the EMCO 100 Series Self-Storing Storm Door (view at Home Depot). The door has a built-in screen, left or right orientation, and a 10-year warranty.

Hardware

Though it may seem like just a small part of the door, the hardware is a key consideration when it comes to choosing a storm door. After all, you’ll want handles and hinges that can withstand everyday use. Be sure to confirm if the door includes the necessary hardware before purchasing—some units don’t include handles, so you’ll need to purchase it separately. Regardless, you’ll want to be sure it’s either Grade A or Commercial Grade as those will be the most durable.

Frame and Glass Strength

Since the purpose of a storm door is to offer protection from inclement weather, you’ll certainly want one that’s made with a durable frame and glass. Most doors are made of either solid wood and/or aluminum, two strong options that’ll be able to withstand the elements. In terms of glass, consider thermally tempered options. They’re stronger than traditional glass and should be able to resist any inclement weather.

Additional Features

In terms of additional features, it all comes down to your preferences and lifestyle. If you have pets, there are options with dog doors built in. Additionally, some doors will have built-in blinds, retractable screens, and additional locks.

FAQ

  • A storm door is a door that is installed in front of a main exterior access door to help protect it from rain (but not floodwater) and snow, and to reduce drafts from blowing into the house. Some storm doors are equipped with a sliding glass panel to keep out the elements in cold weather, and a warm weather screen that can be slid into place to ventilate the house while keeping bugs out. While storm doors are meant to help increase the energy efficiency of your home, the U.S. Department of Energy points out that buying a newer, insulated front door might be more cost effective than adding a storm door, which may not pay for itself in terms of energy expenditures over time.

  • To measure the door frame, use a tape measure to calculate the height and width of the finished door opening. Be sure to follow the old adage to measure twice and cut once for best results. 

  • For DIYers, installing a storm door is a fairly simple project that is nonetheless easier to accomplish with two people. First, remove and set aside screen or glass panels. Measure the door frame using a tape measure to calculate the height and width of the finished door opening. Using a hacksaw, cut the hinge plate (the long metal section from which the door will hang) so that it is as long as the vertical inside measurement of the door opening. Attach the hinge plate to the storm door with fasteners. Place the storm door in the door opening. Attach the hinge plate side of the storm door to the front of the door casing. Use a level to ensure that the door is vertical. Install the drip cap that goes above the storm door to prevent rain from leaking behind the storm door frame. Run a bead of caulk on the drip cap. Then, using a cordless drill, screw the drip cap into the front of the door casing. Screw the jamb on the other side into place, verify that the door opens and closes correctly, and adjust as necessary. Attach the door closers, handle, and strike plate, and re-install any screen or glass that you removed prior to installation.

Theresa Holland has been contributing to The Spruce since 2019, where she covers home improvement, outdoor living, cleaning products, and commerce deals. You can check out more of her stories on Verywell Family, MyDomaine, and Byrdie. To make this list, she considered each pick’s hardware, frame and glass strength, and any additional features.

Disclaimer: Curated and re-published here. We do not claim anything as we translated and re-published using google translator. All images and Tattoo Design ideas shared only for information purpose.

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