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The Difference Between Screen Doors and Storm Doors

| Mar 22, 2024

Screen doors and storm doors have long been used interchangeably when talking about home improvement and protection. However, there are some key differences between the two that are important to understand when deciding which one is right for your home. Keep reading to learn more about the distinctions between screen doors and storm doors.

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 Screen doors are typically designed to allow fresh air into the home while keeping insects out. They are often made of lightweight materials such as aluminum, vinyl or wood and feature a mesh screen that allows for ventilation. Screen doors are great for use during warmer months when you want to let air flow through your home without letting bugs in. They are commonly placed in front of exterior doors, such as the main entrance or patio door, providing an extra layer of protection against insects and debris.

When To Choose Screen Doors Over Storm Doors

 If you prioritize airflow, ventilation, and keeping insects out during the warmer months, a screen door would be the most suitable choice. Screen doors are ideal for areas where the climate is mild and harsh weather conditions are not a concern. Additionally, screen doors are lighter and typically less expensive than storm doors, making them a practical option for those on a budget.

Larson screen doors are constructed with aluminum and surrounded by heavy-duty weatherstrip. They offer fresh air without compromise and feature optional kid- and pet-friendly screens for added durability. Before buying a screen door, consider the material, durability and size of the mesh.

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On the other hand, storm doors are beneficial year-round, helping to keep your home more energy-efficient by providing an additional barrier against drafts and extreme temperatures while still allowing natural light into your home. They are specifically designed to provide an extra layer of protection against the elements and are often made of materials like aluminum, steel or composite over wood. Storm doors feature glass panels to provide insulation and protection from harsh weather conditions and come in different view types such as fullview, midview and highview.

When to Choose Storm Doors Over Screen Doors

 If you live in an area that experiences harsh weather conditions, such as strong winds, heavy rain or snow, then a storm door would be the most suitable choice. Storm doors help to provide an extra layer of protection against the elements, helping to keep your home more insulated and secure during inclement weather. Additionally, storm doors offer enhanced safety features such as thicker frames and deadbolt locks, providing an added level of protection for your home.

Even if you don't live in an area with inclement weather, storm doors almost always have screens, allowing you both the benefits of a screen door for ventilation, insect protection and natural light, as well as the added protection of a storm door. With fullview glass panels, storm doors also allow you to see and enjoy the outside view even when the door is closed and locked, providing a sense of security as well as a connection with the outdoors.

PlatinumRS_whitelinen_AB4The Larson® Platinum Retractable Screen Storm Door offers features that improve daily life, like a hidden hold-open closer, Low-E glass, and a Screen Away® retractable screen that disappears above the window for a clear view. These doors also come with additional benefits such as a multi-point locking system for added security, and a quick installation process that takes minutes instead of hours – all while boasting a sleek modern look.

Platinum_IFGwhite_Environment-12-1The Larson­® Platinum Interchangeable Full Glass Storm Door features a fullview glass and screen that allows maximum light and seasonal ventilation while providing fresh air during summer and natural light during winter. The full screen interchanges with the glass to enjoy unobstructed views and enhances your curb appeal by framing your entry.

Key Differences Between Screen Doors and Storm Doors

 The key differences between screen doors and storm doors lie in their functionality and construction. Screen doors are primarily designed for ventilation and insect protection, while storm doors provide a variety of benefits like providing an extra layer of insulation, protection against harsh weather conditions and added natural light. Storm doors also almost always have screens, allowing for maximum light and seasonal ventilation. Screen doors are typically lightweight and have a screen, while storm doors are heavier and more durable and have glass panels with screens. Both types of doors have their own advantages and uses, so it's important to assess your specific needs and priorities before deciding.

When it comes to choosing screen doors and storm doors, it's important to consider your specific needs, priorities, climate and material preferences. Whether you prioritize airflow and insect protection or require extra weather protection and security, there are options available at Larson for both screen doors and storm doors. To find the perfect door for you, use the "Find Your Storm Door" tool on our website.

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