Here’s everything you need to know about storm door installation in Denver, Colorado. In this article I’ll go over why you need a storm door, how it will benefit you, what features to look for, how determine your size, where to purchase and how I can help you install it.
Why you need a storm door in Denver
Storm doors provide a number of benefits in protection, security and personal comfort for you and you home. In addition a storm door can be a part of making your home more energy efficient and save you money on your utility bills.
- Protection from the Elements
First and foremost, as the name implies a storm door protects you and your entry doors from the elements. A storm door gives you an initial barrier on top of your entry door reducing wind and drafting air into you home. Most importantly it will eliminates rain water from coming inside your home deteriorating the door frame, structure, threshold etc.
For most people when we think of securing our homes the normal entry points are the first to come to mind. A solid storm door not only provides protection from the elements but peace of mind that entry into you home is that much more secure. A good storm door will have a handle and deadbolt, just one more deterrent to anyone looking for easy access.
- Ventilation and Light
Another great aspect of having a second stand alone secured door is the ability to ventilate and allow in light. Using the built in screen or glass panel you can move freely without worrying about unwanted pests or guests.
- Personal Comfort
Personal comfort usually comes first when people talk about wanting a storm door installed in Denver, Colorado. Even the most modern insulated doors with a good threshold and weather strip allow for significant drafting of outside air. In cold weather especially I receive numerous requests to help people weatherize entry doors. More often than not the existing weather stripping is adequate, or as good as it’s going to get, the best solution is adding a storm door.
- Save Money
A good thing to keep in mind is heat will always move towards cold. If your doors and windows are poorly sealed or insulated the heat inside will always be moving towards the cold. Your furnace or AC will have to work that much harder. For your doors, installing a new storm door will reduce air drafting inside eating up the conditioned air.
- Energy Efficiency
These days we are constantly reminded about energy efficiency and while new homes are built significantly more efficient most older homes are energy hogs. Regardless if your home is newer or older, installing a storm door in Denver will, give you peace of mind that you are limiting wasted energy. In an older home a new storm door will go a long way in saving energy as part of an overall efficiency upgrade.
Features to look for when looking for a solid, secure and good looking storm door
- Frame Material
Storm door construction will most often be of strong extruded aluminum. This would be my recommendation as it will hold up over time, will never rust or rot out. Other options include steel, which you would find with security doors, or vinyl and or aluminum cladded doors with a wood core, usually more vinyl than aluminum. I’ll talk about cost a little later but for me aluminum is the way to go, if that’s not in your budget go with the cladded wood core. It won’t last as long but it will still provide all of the benefits described previously to a large extent.
- Color Options
Color options are available with the higher priced storm doors while the lower cost doors will just come white. While white will go with practically any color scheme, going with an aluminum storm door opens up options for spicing things up a bit with different color options. Consider the added value curb appeal when choosing acolor. I’m a big fan of color, you won’t see most of the options at the home centers but if you can wait a couple weeks for door delivery you’ll open up the options significantly.
How much light do you want? Full light, half and three quarter glass options are available. All door glass will be tempered, if it ever breaks it’ll shatter in small pieces safely falling to the ground. If you’re looking for a security glass, laminated safety glass is available for added security. Just keep in mind your screen options will be different.
Some storm doors, usually the lower cost will include a glass panel that will either lower to expose the screen for ventilation or come with a seperate screen panel that you will swap out for the glass in the warmer months. The better option, and what I recommend, is a one handed retractable screen operation. This allows you to lower the glass panel while simultaneously pulling down the screen, no need to swap panels and you can easily raise the glass in one simple movement.
Depending on the model and make you’ll also have glass options to dress things up. Want to let in light but not the heat from direct sun? Add low e glass, a coating that reduces heat gain. I already mentioned laminated glass, other glass options will be decorative, creating grids for example.
- Pet Door
Need a pre installed pet door, you can have it.
- Closer/ Hold Open
Look for the push button closer, just open the door and push the button with your foot to hold the closer open. To release the closer gently open the door a little further and release, the door will close on it’s own.
- Hardware/Lock Set
Door hardware for a lower cost storm door will most likely be a standard screen door handle. A higher quality door will have a mortise lock with keyed entry and a nice solid handle available in at least three finishes allowing you to further customize your door.
Door bottom/door sweep, look for an adjustable door bottom with a flexible rubber seal. This will give you the ability to seal off the door bottom to the threshold and combined with weather stripping give you a seal on all four sides of the door.
- In Conclusion
There are a lot of possibilities here and a number of ways to customize the storm door to fit your needs and design preference. I always suggest going for exactly what you want/need first and the back off options if price become and issue. As with anything, the more options you add the higher the cost and the more added value you get.
Where do I purchase my new storm door and how much will this cost me?
For me the best options for purchasing a storm door in Denver are the home centers. Here’s why
- The home centers have access to all the major brands such as Andersen, Larson and Emco, these are also the brands I recommend.
- Easy returns
- Good prices
If you go in prepared, having done your homework, and know what you want, choosing a stock door or ordering a door is no big deal.
What you need to know to purchase your new storm door
- Size. For most of us custom sizes will not be something you will have to deal with, regardless here are a couple tutorials for taking a couple simple measurements. Always express your dimensions as width x height.
With these dimension you can look at the installation instructions, available online, to determine if your storm door opening will work. Or take your dimensions to the home center and let them determine what you need. For most standard size doors there will be no issues.
- Here’s another way to look at it.
At this point you should know your door size and whether or not a standard size will work, if not you have the dimensions you need for a custom quote.
One final detail.
- Door handing. Every door or storm door will be either left hand or right hand, some will work either way. It’s a bit confusing to think about so check out the following image to determine your door handing.
Here are the brands that I recommend and general price ranges
Andersen is my favorite and available at The Home Depot. The Andersen name represents the high quality Aluminum storm doors. $200.00 -$300.00 and up.
Emco is also Andersen and available at The Home Depot but represents the lower cost cladded wood core doors. $100.00 -$225.00 and up.
Larson, If you like to shop at Lowes larson will be the brand to look for. Larson’s line of storm doors includes lower cost doors and up. $100.00- $300.00 and up.
The price ranges are for stock doors for the most part, some colors, glass options, hardware, etc will add cost. Keep in mind that just because you order the door you want doesn’t mean it will cost more. The vast majority of all door options are not available in store, the most commonly purchased items are what’s in stock.
So what are my options for having my door installed and what if I’m not comfortable measuring or would like more help?
I can install your new storm door efficiently with no hassles, this is what I do. You’re already here on my site why not reach out for a quote.
Do you need more than just help with the installation of your door? Let me know in your quote request if you’d like a turn key full service quote. I can measure your opening dimensions and determine handing for you, purchase/order your door and deliver your new door the day of installation.
Reach out for a quote, let me know what questions and concerns you have for your project. Many times what may be a big deal for you is all in a day’s work for me. The advantage of working with me is a no hassle experience, efficient and quality focused installation.