By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A typical aluminum storm door is designed to protect an entry door from weather damage and unwanted intruders. Today's units are energy efficient and add style with function to the front or back entry to enhance curb appeal.
Some storm doors are designed with clear glass so the entrance door is clearly or partially visible through oval or decorative panels. Ventilation that allows security glass panels to open full or halfway is another important feature. Even the most practical straight panel styles are better looking and feature retractable screens and glass panels so transitioning from one season to another is easy. Home centers and lumberyards stock a large selection of standard doors measuring 32 or 36 inches wide by 81 inches high made of aluminum with a baked-on enamel finish. A 32-inch door fits door openings that measure 31 7/8-inches by 32 3/8 inches wide. A 36-inch door will work in a door opening that’s 35 7/8-inches by 36 3/8-inches wide. Many feature weatherstripping and a door closer, so they're complete units ready to install.
What's the cost to install an aluminum storm door? The average cost for a storm door installation is $453 to replace the old door with a good quality 36-inch-wide aluminum storm door which includes the labor and material. You can buy the door for $275 and install it yourself and save 39 percent. The job involves removing the old door and replacing it, but the cost will be more if the door frame requires repair work or painting. To watch a video and download instructions go to www.larsondoors.com, a manufacturer of doors.
If your door jamb is less than perfect or the frame is out of square, consider hiring a pro who has the experience and tools to custom-fit the unit properly.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with prescreened local door contractors.
For an easy DIY project to maximize curb appeal take a look at the front entry and door jamb to see if it needs a coat of paint, a job to do after removing the old door and before installing the new one.
The cost to install a storm door noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020