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ble630
wood storm doors

we want to install wood storm doors on our house. has anyone ever built them or ordered them? what are the pros and cons?

ordjen
Re: wood storm doors

The biggest advantage to wooden doors is from the standpoint of aesthetics. You will find vastly more styles and options with wooden doors to compliment your homes' architectural style. Generally, you will find them to be somewhat more costly than a similar size aluminum or fiberglas door.

The biggest advantage of aluminum or fiberglas/plastic doors is maintenance. They will not rot or become disjointed and it will be years before they need painting. They offer some features which are hard to find in wooden doors, such as moveable and self-storing glass panels. This feature makes the seasonal change over from storm glass to screens much easier.

Some wooden doors are hybrids with metal or plastic tracks which allow the screen/glass panels to move.

Installation of alluminum/fiberglas or wooden doors is not difficult if you are fairly handy. You will notice that an entrance door has a slight recess designed to accept a storm door. In the case of wooden doors, the most difficult part would be the mortising of the hinges. If you can handle a wood chisel, you can hang it.

An aluminum door usually only calls for shortening the length of the side rails to the opening size with a hacksaw. Just a few basic tools are required - hacksaw, drill, etc.

ble630
Re: wood storm doors

thanks for replying. our main problem is the door opening is two inches smaller than standard so we would need to order a custom sized door. we are playing around with the idea of retrofitting two salvaged wood doors by cutting in a rabbet.

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