Choosing a Storm or Security Door

It is very easy to say that storm door isn’t very important. It simply secures the house and keeps the bugs away. However, this is not true. A storm or security door is a sturdy, strong door that provides ventilation and protects the exterior door from rough weather. These doors are designed in such a method that they complement the décor style of the main existing door. As a result, the decorative aspect of the main door is not disturbed, though the storm door shadows the main door.

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There are various types of storm doors available in the market to cater to different needs. There are several factors that need to be considered while purchasing a storm door. Here is a list of few tips to assist you choose the right storm or security door.

Types of storm or security doors

In accordance to your budget, one or other type of storm door might interest you. Varied types of materials are used to manufacture storm doors. The most common material used today for manufacturing storm doors is steel. Steel storm doors are durable, strong, resistant to tears and holes, and are also inexpensive. Aluminum and vinyl are other popular choices as they are less expensive. However, they are not as durable as steel. The most expensive storm door is the one made out of wood. Wooden storm doors are the ideal choice if you are looking for an exquisite piece to complement your decoration theme.

Shapes and sizes

Most of the storm doors are sold as pre hung units along with the hardware required to install the door such as latches, closers and hinges. As a result, they are available in standard width size that is 36, 34, 32 and 30.  The doors may be hinged on one side or on the both sides. On the other hand, if you desire a custom shape or size, you need to conduct a research to find out the best deal in accordance to your requirement.


The hardware that comes with the storm door should also be considered. Some of the storm doors come with a door closure and rest with a door stopper. In addition, some higher end models feature both the closure options. However, if the high price is due to the hardware included then do not forget that the hardware can easily be brought separate for low rates and attached to the door.