A storm door is an additional layer of protection that is installed in front of your property’s front door in order to help protect against the elements, such as heavy rain or snow. Storm doors also help with ventilation in the home. There are a variety of different storm door options available for installation as well as a range of construction materials. These doors generally have glass panels for visibility and screen panels to prevent pests from entering. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. For first-time storm door buyers, here are the 3 basic types of storm doors you need to know before purchasing for your property!

Full View:  As the name suggests, the full view option for storm doors offers the most open view inside the house. This is ideal for homeowners looking to show-off the interior of their property or enjoy the view out of their property as well, for those who live in scenic areas. The full view includes glass and screen panels that can be swapped out as needed. Full view doors have a full spectrum of customization options. Depending on a homeowner’s budget, location, and personal preference, full view screen doors can be constructed from a combination of glass, fiberglass, aluminum frames, galvanized steel, and bronze, among others.

Retractable Screen: Retractable screens are easy to hide when not in use. Unlike the full view storm doors, they do not require disassembly to store somewhere else on your property during off-seasons. That is because the retractable screen hides easily in the top area of the door, outside of view from visitors. This option is perfect for homeowners hoping to avoid seasonal installation. Like full view storm doors, retractable screens can come in a variety of materials. Additional customization options are available as well, depending upon the storm door provider.

Ventilating: Ventilating storm doors include a full or partial screen that is always attached to the store door fixture in order to increase ventilation throughout your property. It cannot be removed or hidden like previous options. This option generally has a variety of different panels that can be open or shut on the door in order to provide either more ventilation or protection, depending on the season and the weather. Ventilating storm doors are convenient for property owners who want to shift between coverage without having to physically remove any layers or panels off of the door.

When deciding what type of storm door to install on your property, it is essential to consider the climate and location of your home. Certain materials fare better in specific environments and the intensity and type of weather in your region should definitely influence your final decision on storm doors. No matter the basic type of storm door you end up deciding upon, there are a variety of different materials and ways to customize your new storm doors to make them perfectly suited for your property.