When upgrading their entry doors, homeowners quickly realize it’s not just the entry door that needs to be upgraded. Many homes have at least one or two storm doors placed in front of the main entry door. In some cases, it may be a screen door. More increasingly, however, homes have favored large-paned storm doors.

But do you need either option? And what exactly is the difference between the two? Let’s take a closer look!

Storm Doors

A storm door is an exterior door designed to protect your main entry door from the elements, hence the name storm door. The classic storm door consists of mostly glass, ensuring that your beautiful entry door is still seen.

A storm door keeps rain, snow, and other moisture away from your door, keeping its appearance intact and increasing its longevity. It can also act as a large window if you wish to open your entry door but leave your storm door closed. However, storm doors facing the sun can also trap heat, which may actually increase wear on your door.

Storm doors come in a variety of styles, including some with retractable glass and screens. Speaking of…

Screen Doors

Screen doors are actually a type of storm door that feature mesh screens like those found on windows. Though they’re not quite as common as they used to be, screen doors are still made and regularly used in modern home design.

In addition to helping protect your door from the elements like a traditional storm door, screen doors can be used to let in fresh air while keeping out bugs. However, they’re often not quite as attractive as all-glass storm doors. Because of this, screen doors often used for wide, rear, and deck doorways but not front-facing entry doors.

Are Storm Doors Right for Me?

Ultimately, the choice is up to you. You certainly don’t need storm or screen doors, but they can serve as a nice addition. A screen door can be great to have off the kitchen, as it allows you to easily ventilate smoke and heat. Meanwhile, having a storm door on your main entry door can allow you to interact with someone outside without having to open your entire door to them.

The best way to learn about the options available to you is to speak with a door retailer. At Springfield Overhead Door, we provide a huge range of entry doors, storm doors, and more. We also provide installation services so that your door is setup correctly.

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