So we’re those people who insist on having a storm door. I know, I know…houses in magazines NEVER have them. But they also never have any clutter, ceiling fans, TVs, coffee tables with storage, dust bunnies, or any evidence that real people actually live there.
Sometimes you gotta go for practicality. And I have a LOT of reasons for wanting a storm door. Such as…
- Our front door doesn’t have any windows or transoms, so I like being able to leave our front door open to bring more light into our living room.
- It makes it WAY easier to paint your front door and your wreath/door decoration doesn’t have to be weather proof. (Important stuff here, folks!)
- It protects the wooden door jambs from the elements.
- The cats love to look out and watch the birds. Really important, right?!
One of the biggest reasons was that when we were painting the exterior of our house and the door was down to paint the trim around it, our house looked incredibly cheap and unfinished. If you have a really nice house or at least a decorative front door, go for it. Ours just looked dumb and naked without the door.
Now that you know why we wanted a storm door, here’s why we didn’t want this one! Not only was it incredibly faded and no longer black…
It was also gappy, and therefore not energy efficient at all. Andrew would never let me keep the front door open because it would change the temperature of the room so quickly!
The hydraulic closer broke when we took the storm door off and put it back up during our exterior painting project.
So if we didn’t make sure to pull the door closed behind us (or it didn’t get latched tightly) it would flap around in the wind.
Not ideal. We could have bought a new closer and spray painted the door, but we really couldn’t fix the warped frame. So we opted for a new one, and sadly, not a cheap new one. All the cheap ones (as in under $100) are the same style as our old one or only have a window in the top half.
After comparing prices, features, and looking at the doors in person, we settled on this 3000 series door with fast and easy installation system by Andersen. We went with white to match our windows, gutters, and trim. Here’s the before.
This door comes in a wide assortment of colors, and the glass actually comes out and you can replace it with a screen (which is also included). The door has a locking mechanism with a key, if you prefer to keep it locked, and a much nicer handle than our previous door (obviously) and most of the other comparable doors we looked at.
The handle set is sold separately so you can choose the finish. All the other doors had to be special ordered if you wanted a different finish than what was in store. The total price for the door and handle set after tax was $271.08.
This door was a bit more expensive than some of the other white full glass options, but we chose it because the frame seemed much more sturdy (specifically compared to Larson brand doors.) It advertised an easy 45 minute installation process…which quickly turned into over an hour. But hey, we did get it installed eventually!
It’s a big change compared to the dark door we had before, and I don’t always do well with change, so it’s taking me a while to adjust. I do think it feels fresh and bright, and we wanted to keep the colors consistent, but I also think I might have liked a black or dark brown door that tied in with the dark bricks.
This door also has double closers, one on top and one on bottom, and this cool feature where you tap the button with your foot to make the door stay open.
It’s probably a more useful feature if you actually have a functional front porch…but who knows, it may come in handy.
And now, just for fun, let’s look back at our house before we ever even lived here. This is the picture currently on Zillow (before the repainted front door, new roof, landscaping, windows, mail box, exterior paint job, gutters, and lots of cleaning up!)
Yikes! And here it is in progress.
And now! Complete with our awesome green, weed-free lawn. Which, sadly, will turn brown once this spring rain stops and summer weather finally arrives.
So there you have it! Technically, now there’s nothing left on our “must do” list for the front of the house (not including landscaping, of course, which is never-ending!). And there are always still things we’ll dream about doing…like adding a real front porch, new sidewalk, and an extended A-frame roof line to match. *Sigh* Maybe in the next house.