Storm Doors: What They Are and Why Canadians Need Them

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Storm doors have been increasing in demand throughout Canada over the past few years, and there are many reasons for their rising popularity. Storm doors provide many benefits to Canadian homes, and making the decision to install one can be a great addition to your home.

Storm Doors 101: The Basics

A storm door is simply an exterior door that fits over your existing exterior door. These doors protect your exterior door during inclement weather and provide you with a windbreak or a way to keep the rain and snow off your current door. They also offer a great way to vent your home in the summer and allow you to open your front door for ventilation without letting in bugs or rodents.

These doors were popular throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s - however, with global efforts to go greener, storm doors in Canada have never been more popular. We have seen a massive increase in requests at Canadian Choice Windows and Doors, and we are not surprised. They are a practical solution to keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Why Should You Invest in a Storm Door?

Investing in a storm door for your home is an excellent idea, especially if you are looking for a cheap way to add value to your home.

Better site lines

When it comes to exterior doors, it is reassuring to know that you can look out your storm door and make sure your children or pets are doing ok. Installing a storm door will allow you to watch the yard without risking bugs or critters making their way into your house. You can also install a pet door for your storm door so that your four-legged friend can have easy access to their backyard, and you can keep an eye out, so they do not dig a hole in your vegetable garden.

Fresh air

One of the best things about the summer is opening up your windows to get all the fresh air into your home. With a storm door with a retractable screen, you can enjoy all the fresh air you want through your door. Storm doors allow you to efficiently ventilate your home without running fans, air conditioning, or anything else.

Natural light

If you are coming into spring, you know that natural light is a game-changer for anyone in Canada. There is something about bringing natural light to your space that makes a difference to your mental health and indoor plants. A storm door can provide natural light in your entryway to create a world of difference in that space.

Weather protection

If you have a wood door, the effects of sun, rain, wind, and snow will show considerably quicker than you might expect. That is why it is essential to have weather protection to ensure that your door will last for years to come. With a storm door, you get this protection from the elements, which allows your door to flourish.

How to Choose the Right Storm Door for You

It is important to first figure out what you are looking for in terms of look. Are you looking for a door with removable panels, a retractable screen, protective grilles, or even glass? It all depends on the feel and design that you envision.

Once you figure out what you are looking for, you will need to take quick measurements. We are often asked how to install a storm door, and it is a pretty straightforward process. Storm doors come in two sizes at 32 inches wide for the back and 36 inches for entry doors.

It would be best to avoid cheap metal or plastic storm doors. They will not provide insulation or protection with a proper aluminum door. The hardware on a storm door is also essential, so look for quality parts and not something flimsy.

Finally, you will need to finalize the design, including the frame, glass, colour, finish, and screen type. These are a lot of decisions, and these decisions are part of the reason that when you order through Canadian Choice Windows and Doors, we walk you through the process and ensure that the door is installed correctly when it comes to your installation date.

Questions

Is it necessary to have a storm door?

It is not absolutely necessary to have a storm door, but you may want to consider a storm door, especially if you have an older entry door or do not have air conditioning installed in your home. Storm doors provide a great way to protect your door and provide you with ample fresh air during the summer without the risk of bugs or insects making their way into the home.

Do storm doors add value?

A new storm door will add some value to a home, but it is not as influential in your overall home's worth as new windows or a new entry door.

What's the difference between a storm door and a screen door?

Storm doors are second doors that are installed over your existing doors. Storm doors are made of aluminum and can include glass or screen components. They protect your door from the elements and provide ventilation during the warmer months.

Screen doors keep bugs out when you want to bring in the fresh air. They do not provide the protection or insulation that we see with a properly installed storm door.

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