Storm doors are the aptly named exterior doors that serve as your home’s first line of defense against the elements. But they don’t merely guard your entryway rug from raindrops. Contemporary storm doors provide multiple layers of home protection, all while aiding the environment.
Storm doors can save energy by regulating your home’s temperature year-round. The extra layer of home insulation reduces heat loss in the winter and keeps cool air inside when it’s warm outside.
However, the energy savings from storm doors are minimal. Aside from air leaks, doors aren’t a significant source of home energy loss. If you’re looking to improve energy efficiency, you’ll get more bang for your buck by updating your indoor appliances, replacing your leaky air ducts or fitting your front door with high-grade weather-stripping.
Increasingly, storm doors are viewed as an inefficient economic investment in energy savings. The average storm door costs about $200, and installation fees can nearly double the shelf price.
Cost climbs quickly when adding optional security features, removable panels and low-emissivity glass. Low-e glass increases the sticker price by 15 percent, but this addition controls temperature flow and doubles your energy savings. To invest in a well-made, long-lasting storm door, upgrades are inevitable.
However, if saving energy isn’t your primary goal, there are many advantages to installing some extra weather protection. You should consider investing in a storm door if:
When it comes to super energy savings, storm doors fall short. However, there are many other reasons for adding an extra exterior door. Ultimately, your home improvement priorities and budgetary boundaries will help you determine if it’s best to weather the weather without a storm door.