Storm door

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  1. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

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    Our 12 year old builders grade storm door didn't get latched by one of our kids and we've had wind gusts of 40-50mph plus so the door hinges are basically completely sprung. We do have a small portico so I was wondering if I could get away without having a storm door at all. Our door to our back deck has no protection and it doesn't have a storm door. I'd say in our development there are more houses with a storm door than without, but there is a not-insignificant number of homes with no storm door. What say you?
     
  2. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

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    Never mind, my wife wants a storm door so it doesn't matter what you guys think.
     
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  3. Randy Rhoton

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  4. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    On my list too. Old one is as old as the house (33 years) and it doesn't even have a latch anymore. One on there now has a slider for glass going up and screen on bottom, but I want one with the glass sliding down and screen on top (dogs), another item on the list.
     
  5. claud

    claud Well-Known Member Donor

    If you Have a Lowes check out Pella and Larson storm doors. Herebouts, Lowes will install it too.
     
  6. CJ

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    I'm looking at Larson but will take a look at Pella when I go (was already planning on Lowes). Definitely want a reasonable upgrade as this one is pretty low end.
     
  7. Dan Driscoll

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    Life is simple when SWMBO speaks. :D
     
  8. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    that says it all. :p

    Regardless, I doubt you need one.
    (high end home rarely have these)

    I have Pella storm doors front and back.
    the back has the lower panel always raised
    to allow dogs to come and go via doggie door
    installed into solid wood door. $$$ what we do for dogs!

    and I quite often out back, leave the STORM door permanently open.
    Coming and going from kitchen to deck for grilling I hate having to
    open and deal with multiple doors.

    Get a good door. Dual dampers. Movable Glass Easy foot release or second push release.
     
  9. Mike B

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  10. CJ

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    Yep, we need a good door if we're going to have one. It opens to the west, the hinge side is south, so north winds have frequently ripped it out of peoples hand.
     
  11. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    CJ, are you "required" to pull a permit for this in your area?
     
  12. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

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    To replace a storm door? I don't know but I won't be finding out.
     
  13. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure no permit required. There was already a storm door it's being replaced by one that looks similar. Neighborhood associations sometimes places limits on the looks - in my 'hood only full glass is acceptable.
     
  14. CJ

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    No HOA.
     
  15. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Active Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Jesus, a permit...... ummmmmm do people pull permits for stuff?
     
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  16. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

    Oh yea? You think that do you? You just wait and watch while it all falls apart!!!
     
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  17. CJ

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    Storm door ripped off again today. The design is the dampers have little clips that clip to plates that mount to the frame so you don't mount the dampers directly, you slide these clips over the plates you've mounted. Wind jerked the door open and broke both clips.

    I'm done. I don't want a storm door. It will dangle there until my wife does something about it. $400 lasted abut 3 weeks. I can probably find new clips but why? It will rip off again and again.

    The problem is you can't force guests and strangers to make 100% sure your door is closed. I'm 99% my mother is at fault for the first one and 99% sure the cleaning lady this time. So I'm out. You don't need a storm door with a modern insulated door and proper weather stripping.
     
  18. JeffC

    JeffC Active Member War Zone Member

    It's nice when the weather is good, but if I remember correctly you have allergy problems so maybe that's a no go. I don't think they offer much insulation at all.
     
  19. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

    If it's a metal door could you drill a couple holes right through the frame and bolt the damper to it?
     
  20. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    CLIPS?
    Really?
    Sorry for your Frustration & $400 loss.
    I just re-drilled two large bolts into the Bottom
    Damper door mounting plate for a neighbor.
    The Top Damper has had no problems.
    It's solid....and has been for years.

    There is a slight air chamber effect between
    the House Door & the Storm Door, so the storm door
    might be ajar...decrease the damper back pressure so it closes
    faster & harder.


    Good Luck
     

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