A storm door protects your exterior door from bad weather and provides ventilation. Most manufacturers sell prehung doors in kits, so installation is easy. Choose a door based on your specific needs and the size and style of your house.
Before you buy a storm door, check its components in the store. Open and close the display model to make sure the hinges and latches operate smoothly. To get the most out of your storm door, invest in the highest quality components you can afford.
Most door manufacturers offer a kit that includes all of the hardware needed for installation, including the pre-hung door and the frame, handle set, hinges, pneumatic closers and latches. Depending on which way your door opens, storm doors can be hinged to the left or right.
Whether you want to make a black front door pop or you want to enhance commercial entry doors, the options for custom entry doors are endless.
Door Frames & Glass
Frames styles include full-view, mid-view and high-view. Full-view doors offer different types of glass, such as beveled, waterfall, as well as the option to have blinds between the panes.
Storm doors with Low-E, high-performance glass provide better insulation and reduce fading of your entry door. Check the Department of Energy's website to see if your state offers tax credits when you buy energy-efficiency products.
The image shows some of the frame and glass selections that are available. Ask a Lowe's associate for details about other types.
Storm Door Colors
Storm doors come in a variety of colors. White and almond are available for purchase in the store. Other colors including taupe, brown, black, cranberry and green can be ordered.
Storm Door Finishes
Handle sets are available in several different finishes including brushed nickel, satin nickel, brass, antique brass, aged bronze and matte black.
Storm Door Screen Types
You can choose between full-view, retractable and standard screens. Full-view includes separate glass and screen panels that are switched out as needed. When not in use, a retractable screen hides in the top of the door. Standard screens are fixed and the glass panels slide up and down.
Tired of opening the door to let Fido in or out? Lowe's offers a built-in pet door option.
Glass panels can heat up the space between the two doors and cause weather stripping to deteriorate. In extreme cases, the heat could warp metal house doors. If your storm door gets direct sunlight, use screens starting in early spring and use glass starting in late fall. Pro tip: Be sure to check the compatibility of the metal screens you want to buy. In some cases, when different metals come in contact with each other, it can speed up corrosion.
Most storm doors come with either a closer or a door stop. Both devices control how far your door will open.
A door stop, also called a snubber, uses a chain attached to a spring to control the door. It's easy to install and adjust.
A pneumatic closer prevents a door from opening too fast or too far, and also closes the door slowly and firmly. Most doors have one pneumatic closer, but some have two for extra protection against high winds. You can add a second closer, if necessary. A sliding washer can hold the door open when needed.
Your storm door may just need a simple tune-up to be good as new. Watch our DIY Basics video: How Do I Adjust My Storm Door?