7 Best Storm Doors
Storm doors help protect your exterior doors from the elements and add light, ventilation and insulation. Here are seven of the best for you to consider.
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Buying a Storm Door
The first hint of cold weather is a great time to invest in a storm door, to protect your exterior doors from rough winter weather and let in light. In warmer weather, a storm door can help ventilate your home.
When selecting a storm door, points to consider include price, energy efficiency, aesthetics and ease of use. Here are our picks for the best storm doors for every need and budget.
Best Full-View Storm Door
Let there be light! If you’re looking for a full-view storm door with a solid glass panel, you can’t go wrong with this aluminum model from Larson. It lets in plenty of light, plus the shatter-resistant glass adds an extra layer of home security. And it blocks UV rays to boot. The screen and glass panel are interchangeable and the door comes in white or almond.
Best Half-View Storm Door
We love the classic look and the versatility of this half-view storm door from EMCO. It features a fixed screen and a top glass panel that slides up or down, so you can let fresh air in without removing glass panels and insert screens. For price and ease of use, this door is a good bet.
Best Storm Door with Retractable Screen
A retractable screen in a storm door means no swapping out screens in cold weather. We like this retractable screen model from EMCO because the screen rolls up into the body of the door and out of sight. You have to take out the glass panel to use the screen, but it’s less fuss than other doors with screens that must be removed and stored.
Best Storm Door for Pet Owners
The full-view door is divided into three panels, including a screen that can be positioned at the top or the middle of the door. The 10-inch x 17-inch flap will accommodate pets up to 100 pounds, and it can be closed off when you want to keep your pet inside.
Best Budget Storm Door
If you want to keep your storm door investment under $200, this basic full-view option from Andersen lets in plenty of light and comes with a full-size screen insert. For the robustness of the door, its double weatherstripping and ease of installation, this model punches above its weight class. The handle is sold separately.
Best Splurge Storm Doors
If we were going to splurge on a storm door, we’d contact the nearest ProVia dealer. These high-end storm doors are several notches above the competition and their prices reflect that — they start at around $700. But for durability, insulation properties, quality of hardware and materials, plus overall curb appeal, this is our top pick. ProVia’s Decorator line offers a luxury effect, while their Duraguard line, with heavy-duty screens, offers added security.
Best All-Around Storm Door
At about $430, the Larson Tradewinds full-view storm door costs a little more than an average storm door. But it’s worth it, mostly thanks to its Low-E glass inserts. Low-E glass reduce the amount of infrared light and UV rays that enter your home, while still allowing ample light to pass. This solidly built door also has a screen that retracts into the storm door frame — one of our favorite storm door features.