Winter is well on its way. In Pennsylvania this means below-freezing temperatures and plenty of snow and ice. For this reason alone, homeowners who don’t already have one a storm door should consider installing one.

This type of door is installed in front of an exterior entry door. The primary purpose of a storm door is to protect your entry door from the elements. This added protection is especially advantageous during cold, snowy, and windy weather.

If you don’t know a lot about storm doors, here are four of the most important things you should know about them.

1. Know What Types of Storm Doors Provide Ventilation

There are different types of storm doors. One such type of storm door is a full-view fixed storm door. This type of storm door provides weather-tight seal protection all year round. Because the insert is not removable from the storm door, it cannot provide ventilation.

However, if ventilation is important to you, here are a few types of storm doors that offer this feature:

  • Interchangeable storm doors. The full-view glass panel insert can be replaced with a screen insert.
  • Single vent storm doors. The insert is made up of two glass panels, one of which can be adjusted to allow for ventilation.

A single vent storm door is also referred to as a retractable screen storm door. Along with providing ventilation, these types of storm doors allow you to let the cool breeze inside and keep the bugs outside where they belong.

2. Know How Storm Doors Provide Added Security

One of the most common ways burglars break into a home is through the front door. Burglars can break into one door much more easily than two of them. For this reason, installing a storm door already provides added protection against break-ins.

However, if you want a storm door that offers optimum security, consider these features:

  • The frame of the door is made out of steel that is at least 16-gauge.
  • The hinges of the door are tamper resistant.
  • The door is made with heavy duty tempered safety glass.
  • The door contains a double cylinder lock so that it uses a key on the inside and outside.

Even with these added features, a burglar might still be tempted to break the glass to get inside your home. One way to prevent this is to add vertical steel bars that extend from the top of the door to the bottom.

3. Know that Storm Doors Come in a Variety of Styles and Designs

Oftentimes, the first thing people notice about your home is the front door. This is why, when installing a storm door, you will want it to complement your front door. This is easy to do, considering storm doors are available in a variety of styles, color, and glass designs.

When you choose a storm door, the first thing you will want to decide is what style you want. Some of the most common styles include:

  • Full view. The glass extends from the top to the bottom of the door.
  • Three quarter. Also known as mid-view, this style contains a kickplate at the bottom of the door.
  • Half view. Also known as high-view, this style has a kickplate that takes up half of the door.

Along with these different styles, storm doors come in a variety of colors and finishes. The most common color for storm doors is black or white. If you get a storm door and entry door at from the same manufacturer, you can match the colors perfectly.

The standard size for a storm door is 26 to 32 inches wide with a height of 80 inches. Custom sizes are usually available. When you choose the right style, color, and size of storm door, an added bonus is that you improve the look and curb appeal of your home.

4. Know that Storm Doors Increase Energy Efficiency

Storm doors are designed in such a way that they automatically increase energy efficiency. Most storm doors consist of 3 layers. These layers include a front and back layer, along with a layer of insulation in the middle.

When you install a storm door, you have the potential to increase the energy efficiency of your home by up to 45 percent. Storm doors keep cold air outside in the winter, which helps to reduce your heating bill. In the summertime, a storm door keeps the heat out, which means you’ll use less air conditioning.

Storm doors are also tightly fitted inside the door frame, which provides protection from air leaking inside.

5. Know Who to Contact About Storm Doors

If you need to know any more information about storm doors, contact Shank Door. We have over 55 years of experience of providing quality service and products throughout central Pennsylvania. Along with storm doors, we also offer a variety of entry doors, patio doors, and garage doors.

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