Why We Need a Storm Door

So my Dad got a new storm door recently. I had already been thinking about getting one because I LOVE the way they look. We don’t necessarily need it for storm safety, so I would be getting it as an added security feature to our home. A security feature + aesthetics if you will. :)

Because I want to be able to do this with my daughter whenever I want, like she does at my Dad’s.

Storm Door | Decorchick!®

Isn’t that the cutest? Really though, I’d love to have the main door open during the day and have some more light come in. My Dad got the highest security grade one available, so that’s what I would do also.

Plus, they just look nice. So it’s a win-win.

If any of you have some storm door stories to share, or pros and cons, I would love to hear them!



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  1. It’s so refreshing to hear somebody actually likes a storm door and simply because of how they look. I just don’t get how so many in blog land are against them. I have one and I needed it for ventilation and yes the added bonus of more light streaming in. Although I have a small dog, when he sees something like a squirrel or such, I’m sure he would still do a bit of damage trying to get at it. Because of that, I couldn’t get one with a screen that went all the way down to the bottom like the one you are showing, even though that’s my favorite look wise. So I did get a full view, but had to get the type with a bar across the middle which has a retractable screen that goes halfway down. I do love it and honestly, everybody comes through the back door so hardly anybody sees it much anyway. Truth be told, even if they did, they couldn’t care less about a bar or not, ha! I say do it!

    • Ha I had no idea people were against them in blog land! I’m glad you love yours though. :)

      • It seems like it would be annoying to have to open two doors. Are you thinking for the front or back door? And, just curious, what do you like about their look?

        • I actually have only found it annoying in the past when I have groceries in hand. However, then I just prop it open with the door stop (or whatever that’s called) and I’m good to go.

  2. I’ve been promising myself a storm door for a couple of years, at least. I have no knowledge to share, but I’ll be around looking to see what wisdom others have to impart.

  3. We love ours. We don’t use our front door for daily entry, so it’s not annoying to us. We love having it open for extra light in the fall and spring with glass in. We switch to a full screen in the later spring and summer for ventilation. I highly recommend this one: Andersen Full View 4000 series with the QuickChange glass/screen system. Home Depot installed it for us for a small fee.

  4. Down here in hurricane land, they are almost necessary! They protect that expensive wooden door from all manner of flying objects.

  5. I’ve had mine for 14 years. I am getting tired of it. I keep saying its coming down but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I don’t have it open much anyway. It does get annoying when people stop by and you have to stand there and hold it.

  6. catherine steele says:

    Hi I’m in Australia and every house has them front and back for security and to keep the flies out. I’m from Scotland originally and we don’t have them there. I love mine, I can have the doors open to let fresh air in and know we are safe.

  7. We always had them growing up. I have a love hate relationship with them. I love being able to open the front door, but hate the way they look. We compromised by putting half glass French doors in for front doors. We get lots of light and the look without the storm. But you couldn’t lay on the ground and look out.

  8. I actually have storm doors on both the front door and back. The back door has glass that is adjustable and in the fall we keep the glass down for ventilation. The front is a locking true glass storm door. The only thing I dislike is I HD a beautiful witch wreath for Halloween, no her boots, which were porcelain actually scratched the safety glass. There is very little space between the front door and storm door which means you cannot hang large wreaths for the holidays. I do not want to hang one on the storm door. But with that said, I just make different door hangings now. I really like our doors, my pup loves looking out the front too.

    • Dee I completely forgot about how I wouldn’t be able to hang wreaths!! That just might be a deal breaker.

      • Another Dee says:

        I’ve been able to use wreaths on mine. Command hooks were a fail on the glass. Eventually they would slide down the door. I think the “glue” part didn’t hold up on glass during extreme heat (here in the south the front door gets hot in the summer). Large suction cup hooks worked for a while with lighter wreaths, but they tend to warp and lose suction after a few weeks and must be replaced often. Finally I was able to use a metal over-the-door wreath hanger by bending it to fit the quirks. Plastic will be too thick. I also decorate above the door at Christmas and had to be careful to not let anything hang over the storm door because the storm door opens outward and will push the stuff off. Hope this helps.

      • I always hang wreaths w/o an issue.

      • My first thought was “but what would you do for a wreath?!” and came here to comment about it, but Dee beat me to it. :) We had one growing up and sure, we left the front door open for natural light from time to time, but it was really more annoying than anything.

  9. I have had a full glass one for 11 years. Part is for aestetics, and part for ventilation to let more airflow in. I like it for the winter as it keeps the drafts down. I have the poorest energy efficient front door possible from the builder. I have the oil rubbed bronze handle on mine. I say if you want one, get one.

  10. Another Dee says:

    Pros: Really does help with heating/cooling during extreme temperatures. Love the full light allowed into the home, but you are still able to have complete privacy when you don’t want people looking in. Still able to hang wreaths using suction cups or over the door hanger, but they must be lightweight. Adds another level of security to discourage someone from attempting to break into your front entrance.

    Cons: Takes away from a beautiful wooden front door because from the street you just see a reflection. Opens out so if on a narrow porch it really gets in the way of the ability to put planters etc on either side of the door and still allow it to open wide enough to admit visitors. Not able to use front door as a curb appeal tool (color, architecture of door, accessories, etc.)

    • Agreed, but I have a bright colored door and you can still see the color just fine.

      • Another Dee says:

        Mine is Charleston Green, but is so dark it “reads” as black. I may consider painting it. Thanks! Right now from the street all I see looking at the front door is a reflection of the yard.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Here in the south they are standard, never thought of not having one. Love mine front door open screen/glass door lets in light and fresh air.

  12. I loved ours at our old house. I really want one on ours now.

  13. Make sure you get a quality door. We replaced the original door with one that is too lightweight and bops you on your heels as you walk in. Sounds weird, hurts more!

  14. Our old house had one, new house does not. I can’t wait to get one!! I miss the light coming in! We have a very nice, expensive wooden door that I hate to “cover up”, but at the same time I hate how dark the entryway is without a storm door. I’ll bet getting ours soon.