Are Storm Doors Practical?

Your front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior. Not only can your front door make your curb appeal pop, it’s a safeguard against unwanted guests.  However, have you ever wondered why some doors stand alone, but others are shielded with a storm door?

While a storm door has its purpose, weighing out the pros and cons will help you determine whether or not  it’s the right fit your home. Here are some storm door facts to consider when making a decision on installing one in your home. 

What is a storm door?

A storm door is an additional outer door designed to add extra protection from inclement weather or extreme heat and cold.

Storm doors function as a shield, however, many storm doors are equipped with panels that are interchangeable to screen or glass. For example, if you want fresh air to come through in the warmer months, than you can switch to a screen panel and vice versa in winter to glass.

What are the pros and cons of a storm door?

Depending on the climate in which you live and your personal preference, here are some pros and cons to consider before deciding to install a storm door.


  • Protects your entry door from the elements, especially if you don’t have an overhang or roof over your door
  • Your entry door lasts longer
  • Lets in more light
  • Keeps heat in
  • Can get in a variety of styles that can be plain or decorative
  • Keep out pesky bugs


  • If you have a south facing door, or it’s exposed to the sun most of the day, trapped heat could cause damage to entry doors.
  • If your entry door is located under an overhang or awning, an entry door may not be necessary.

While there are considerably more pros to installing a storm doors, it’s always best to do your homework and research what type of storm door would work best for the climate in which you live. If you need assistance with door installation or want more information about how a storm door can be a good addition to your home, contact Preferred Exterior today!


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