Tips for replacing or adding a storm door

When to replace or add a storm door

Ask these questions to determine whether it's time to invest in a new storm door:

  • Is it difficult to open and close the existing storm door?
  • Is there warm or cold air leaking in or around the storm door?
  • How does it look? Is there warping? How smoothly do the hinges operate?
  • Does the entry door have air leaks in and around it?
  • Is there a desire to have more natural light in the entry area of the home?
  • Do you want a storm door that allows you to bring fresh air into your home?
  • Is there a desire to make a “fashion statement” with the front entryway?
  • Is the old storm door finish worn off or showing other signs of deterioration?

If the answer is yes to any or all of these questions, the home is a good candidate for a new storm door. It’s money well spent to improve the energy efficiency of the home and maintain an excellent appearance for the outside of the home.


How to measure a storm door

  1. Measure the space between the exterior brick mold trim pieces, not the inner door jamb; the brick mold is the external casing that frames the door; the jamb is the vertical piece that frames the outer edges of the door
  2. Measure the width of the entry door opening in three places; across the top, middle and bottom — use the smallest of the three measurements as your width
  3. Measure the height down the middle of the opening
  4. Most homes will need a standard size 32 inches by 81 inches or 36 inches by 81 inches door, but custom size doors can be ordered to fit a variety of opening sizes


Selecting a storm door

Style — Many companies allow the customer to design their own storm door by selecting the color, glass and handle preferences. Pella’s Select® series features many popular colors, decorative glass patterns, and solid brass handle choices to allow a homeowner to customize his/her entryway.

Frame styles — Homeowners can choose from several frame styles to fit their needs, including: 

  • Fullviews — feature the most glass area and allow the most light and air into the home. 
  • Midviews — slightly less glass area than the fullview
  • Highviews — half doorframe, half glass, allowing the most privacy; both highviews and midviews are great for high-traffic entryways

Ventilation — A homeowner can choose between several ventilation styles that allow the glass to be switched out for a screen.

Energy efficiency — Many storm doors feature overlapping frames with weatherstripping for a tight seal and better energy efficiency. Pella features several models with double weatherstripping for improved performance. According to independent testing, a Pella storm door added to an entryway can reduce energy loss through the entryway by up to 45 percent.

Hardware — Storm door handles range from basic to upscale — solid brass and pewter handles; consumers now have many choices in affordable accents for their storm door


Buying a new storm door

  1. Decide what you can afford and what you plan to spend before going shopping
  2. Evaluate your lifestyle and select the type of storm door that best suits your needs
  3. Do your homework; decide what storm door qualities are important to you and research how various brands compare in terms of function and performance
  4. Before installing, be sure to inspect the wood jamb and trim around the opening to make sure they are secure and in good condition for a proper installation.
  5. Be sure the door frame is square — use a level to decide; if it’s not, use shims to correct the fit


Further questions?
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