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(StatePoint) It's that time of year again when you've installed screens in your windows to better enjoy the weather. But rain and wicked weather can impact your home at any time of year. Could your home use storm doors to add extra ventilation in warm weather and help protect it against tough conditions year-round?
A storm door can be an effective defense for your house against bad weather and can also help improve energy efficiency during all seasons. Unfortunately, many people are reluctant to add this layer of protection due to outdated misconceptions about their appearance and versatility.
"When homeowners invest money in an entry door, they often don't want to cover that up with something they perceive as less attractive," says Wes Ley, door brand manager at ProVia, a manufacturer of entry door systems and other home elements. "These days though, storm doors can be customized to complement the look of the entry door while providing unique performance advantages."
Storm door technology is offering options that are stronger and more durable than in the past. Ley advises that homeowners should "take another look at storm doors because they're not what they used to be."
Here are a few things to consider:
A storm door can help protect your entry door investment. What's more, designs vary, and full-view models show off the entry door while also protecting it.
Using a storm door, you can add extra ventilation to your home, helping you refrain from using the air conditioner and improving energy efficiency.
While many people perceive storm doors as being flimsy, there are high-quality options on the market designed for strength. For example, those from ProVia feature thick rails and aluminum, and a unique feature -- multiple hollow chambers -- which makes for sturdier construction. Their corner gussets prevent bending, twisting and corners from coming apart.
Today's storm doors are a far cry from the old models with the black handle and push button. New design options and hardware finishes include bronze, brass and satin nickel, offering better performance with a more attractive look.
Current storm door technology is bringing useful new features to consumers.
For instance, ProVia's InVent screens retract from both the top and bottom, offering more venting options.
Because they are self-storing, they eliminate the hassle of seasonal installation and removal and save on storage space.