First, Pick Your Storm Door
I just installed an Emco storm door, and I really like these doors. These doors are made entirely of aluminum unlike some other storm doors that are aluminum clad wood. The wood core can get wet and swell and disform the aluminum skin, which doesn’t look too good.
I installed the full view 3000 series storm door that has a custom etched glass perimeter that borders the full open view glass. This is a very attractive and functional door. I highly recommend this storm door for your front door because of its beauty.
Many people like the elegant look of a full view storm door, and I’m one of them. The down side, however, is that if you want to use the full screen you’ll have to remove and replace the glass panel with the screen panel. This is much less convenient, but for the front of the house it’s still the most popular.
What to Buy
Let me also inform you that a door handle set is not included with the storm door, but must be purchased separately. The reason for this is that there are several colors and even styles from which to choose. The included latching mechanism has a built-in deadbolt, so the handle set has to facilitate that also.
We picked up a handle set at Home Depot made by another manufacturer, “Wright”. They had brass, nickel, black and chrome. On the outside it’s a solid faceplate with a single knob, on the inside it also has the deadbolt lever.
A Great Storm Door Installation Makes a Great Result
As far as the installation is concerned this was one of the easiest storm doors I’ve ever installed. The frame doesn’t have to be cut as with some makers. And the closers worked well with the frame and the door indicating a well-made storm door.
There are usually two closers, one on top and another on bottom, and this door was no exception. It’s a heavy door and needs 2 closers. All storm doors also come with an adjustable sweep that keeps the “hawk” out, that is the howling wind!
During the installation the included aluminum door frame cannot be twisted out of plumb by the existing wood frame, which may itself be out of plumb. Care has to be taken to be sure the door meets the frame equally on the top and the bottom, shimming where necessary. Then the door will latch freely and yield its maximum weather sealing potential.
Cost Of Installation
Depending on the existing wood or masonry door frame the labor on the installation of this Emco storm door will be between $150 and $250. For more about general carpentry, please see my Carpentry page.