By Gene and Katie Hamilton
While a traditional aluminum storm door is designed to protect an entry door from weather damage and unwanted intruders, today's units do much more by adding style with function to the front or back entry to a home.
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 easy-to-interchange 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 - 32 3/8 inches wide. A 36-inch door will work in a door opening that’s 35 7/8-inches - 36 3/8-inches wide.Many feature weatherstripping and a door closer, so they're complete units ready to install.
A door installer will charge $453 to replace a good quality 36-inch-wide aluminum storm door which includes the labor and material, but you can buy the door for $275 and install it yourself and save 39 percent. The job involves removing the old one 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 doorjamb is less than perfect or the frame is out of square, consider hiring a pro who has the experience 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 local contractors.
Before you install a storm door, take a look at the front entry to see if it needs a coat of paint, a job that's easy to do after removing the old door and before installing the new one.
The average price 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 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.