Storm Door Installations
What To Expect
To prepare for a smooth storm door installation please review the following:
Arrival and Departure Times
Our installation crew typically arrives between 8:00am - 10:00am on the day of install and will work until 5:00pm. During the scheduling process, you will be given a more specific time frame.
When we arrive at your home, our installer will introduce himself to you. Please understand that this is a work area and things can often times get loud and messy. When the job is complete, we will shop-vac the work areas to leave it as clean as possible. If you have any questions during the installation, don’t hesitate to ask our installer or Production Manager in the office questions.
The Work Area
Typically most of the installation for storm doors is completed from the exterior of the home. Occasionally the installer will need to open the entry door to make the proper adjustments so the new storm door is fitted properly.
Potential Drywall Damage
During any home renovation, there may be minor damage to the plaster/drywall (this is normal). Although we do our best to prevent this from happening, sometimes it is inevitable. If this does occur, it is best that you hire an expert to repair those areas. We also do not paint the new trim or nail holes.
If your home has an alarm system, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to contact the alarm company and notify them of the date of your new installation. The alarm company is also responsible for the removal of the sensors in addition to the re-connection.
Ring or other type of Electronic Doorbell
If your home has a Ring (or similar type of) Doorbell , the removal and re-connection of the system is the responsibility of the homeowner.
If you are a proud pet owner, we would appreciate your help in keeping an eye on them and keeping them away from any work areas as much as possible. This is both for your animal’s safety and our crew’s safety.
How Long Will It Take?
A basic storm door installation will typically take 1-2 hours to complete.
Please plan on being home when the installation is complete. Please review our work and feel free to ask questions on how to operate and clean you new windows and doors! Upon review, please sign our job completion certificate and give to our crew chief. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to call the Production Manager in the office. Enjoy your storm new doors, and the energy savings that are soon to come.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What Does a Storm Door Do?
A: For protection against bad weather, while also allowing fresh air to flow into the home while keeping flying pests out, a modern storm door provides this multi-functional service. These doors are available in different materials and sizes and are usually installed on both the front, side and rear exterior doors of a home. There are three main styles of storm doors:
Full-view storm doors which feature a full-length glass panel and can be interchanged with a full screen during warmer months.
Ventilating storm doors with a full or half screen that stays in the storm door for year-round ventilation of the home.
Retractable screen storm doors where the screen is rolled up and into the storm door’s frame when not in use.
Q: What are the Benefits of a Storm Door?
A: There are times when you should consider replacing your home’s storm door. When completing home improvement projects such as replacement windows, new entry doors, or updating the home’s paint or siding, and when changing the landscaping of your home, it is also beneficial to update or add a storm door. Other benefits of storm doors include:
Additional light when the entry door is open,
Increased ventilation and air flow into the home,
Protection against rodents and bugs when entry door is open,
Increases in the life of main entry door by protecting from rain, ice, and snow,
An extra barrier against air leaks, and
A pocket of insulation to keep warm air in and cold air out.
Q: What are the features of a Modern Storm Door?
A: Today’s storm doors are available in different materials other than metal, which over years can suffer from denting, scratching, and discoloration. Aluminum and fiberglass doors are low maintenance and last for many years without needing to be replaced. To enhance the architectural style of a home, wood storm doors are a beautiful addition but will require some maintenance.
According to Energy.gov, “adding a storm door can be a good investment if your existing door is old but still in good condition…If you plan to purchase a storm door, consider features that improve the energy efficiency. “
Aside from choosing the best material for your home when buying a winter screen door, consider energy efficient factors that can increase the performance of the door and save on energy costs. These include foam insulation inside the frame to limit the transfer of cold/warm air and Low-E glass coating that helps house stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Storm doors save you money on utility bills and keep your home more comfortable
Aluminum and fiberglass storm doors are low maintenance and last for many years
Install storm doors on the front, side and rear exterior doors of your home for greater savings
Q: Why Are Storm Doors Important?
A: Despite their name, the most important thing about storm doors usually has nothing to do with serious storms. Instead, they’re important partly because they help stop the wind from hitting the main door at full force. This greatly reduces the force of drafts. In turn, that keeps the house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Storm doors are also important because they can be switched from glass in the winter and screening in the summer. This allows the main door to be opened without allowing mosquitoes, flies, rodents, and other interlopers in. It also keeps humans from getting the idea that it’s okay to walk right in without knocking. It is important to note that storm doors are not 100% sealed and some critters or elements can find their way in still.
Yet, another benefit of having a storm door is that it provides protection to the main door’s finish. Through the years, exposure to rain and snow can fade your main door. With some types of doors, the weather exposure can crack or otherwise damage the material that the door is made of. By putting in a storm door in, you eliminate the direct exposure to precipitation and drying winds.
There can also be some surprising personal benefits some people say that their dogs bark less when they can see out the storm door!
Modern Storm Doors Can be Beautiful. For those who grew up with an old-fashioned storm door, the idea of actually wanting to get one may be a bit shocking. That’s because the old kind of storm door typically had a pane of glass on top and an ugly, unfinished aluminum bottom. At best, the solid part was painted in plain black.
Now, it’s common for storm doors to be made entirely of glass, or in the summer to have a screen within a sleek door frame. The frame can be painted in any color you desire. Finally, the glass for during winter is very clear so the main door is still easy to see. These attributes make storm doors beautiful and ensure that they don’t take away from the home’s appearance.
Q: What Are Storm Doors Made Of?
A: There are a few materials that have proven to be popular for storm doors. These include wood, aluminum, and fiberglass, each with its own benefits.
Aluminum doors don’t rust, so they’ll last for years, even without maintenance. However, they look best when they’re painted. Fortunately, many of them come with a factory finish that will last much longer than paint that is applied by hand.
Fiberglass doors typically have their color already in them. This is great for someone who wants to be sure that they’ll never have to paint the door frame. Fiberglass is also lightweight.
Wood is best for people who want a natural look. It can be painted in any color, so it’s also perfect for those who want a perfect match to other elements of the house. The main drawback with wood is the same thing that draws people to want it, it’s natural. This means that without proper maintenance, it can rot, crack, or even be attacked by termites.
Luckily, doors are at ground level and aren’t hard to repaint.