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Old 07-09-2010, 07:13 AM   #1
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I need a new storm door for my front door. I'm looking for something that is energy efficient and provide some extra security. How much security do storm doors really add? I've looked at the Pella from Lowes and EMCO from home depot. Any recommendations? Do most storm doors qualify for the tax credit? I want a door that will qualify.

I was quoted $150 to remove old door and install the new door plus $35 if new molding was needed. To me that sounds a bit high but this guy has done several projects for me and has always been very reasonable. Does that price really sound right? How hard would it be to install the door myself? I'm a complete novice with tools and home repair. Is this something I complete novice like myself can do in a few hours?

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Old 07-10-2010, 09:37 AM   #2
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The charge quoted is reasonable. If you want it done for less money, do it yourself. This isn't brain surgery, so if you're handy you can save yourself some cash.
Unless this is a security storm door, it won't provide too much protection. But any thief can pop open a window faster then you can unlock your front door. Protection is house wide, not opening specific.
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:18 AM   #3
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I'm thinking about one of these two doors. I don't really see a difference besides 7 vs 12 year warranty in the two doors. Recommendations or suggestions?

http://www.homedepot.com/Doors-Windows-Doors-Storm-Doors/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xh7Zas85/R-100058973/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

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If this is a "wood" core door, there have been issues with these for years. I forget which company, Andersen or Pella, bought Cole Sewell. Their doors would fail again and again because water would get in from the window area and it would literally eat away the aluminum. The wood was flakeboard and they couldn't seem to keep the water out.
I would not recommend any storm door with a wood core.
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I was quoted $150 to remove old door and install the new door plus $35 if new molding was needed.
Is this something I complete novice like myself can do in a few hours?
It has taken me up to 6 hours but the people who do this for a living can do it in 2 hours. You may need a table saw to rip trim strips to the right width.

There is always some quirk with these things.

If you install a snubber spring you may need to make a standoff block so it doesn't chafe the door frame. And these door closers tend to pull out the short screws they come with.

Glass is surprisingly dense so a helper is a good idea.
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Do most storm doors qualify for the tax credit? I want a door that will qualify.

Thanks I appreciate the help.

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Storm Windows & Doors

A less expensive approach to replacing old windows/doors, is to use storm windows to improve energy efficiency. When installed in combination with older, less efficient window/door, storm windows/doors can enhance efficiency by creating another barrier between the interior of you home and the weather outside.
Requirements

In combination with the exterior window/door over which it is installed:
  • U-factor and SHGC of 0.30 or below
  • Must meet the IECC
Tax Credit does NOT include installation costs.
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I went with a Larson Tradewinds aluminum storm door from Lowes. The install was $97 flat and the guy installed it so fast and tight. It is truly weather resistant. Before I had an exposed wood door and my exposed wood door developed cracks in it where you could literally see the slivers of daylight thru it. We had a bad thunderstorm where I witnessed my front door bleeding, all the little slivers had water drops dripping down from them looking like multiple stab wounds! All the drops came down into my foyer and puddles were running all over the place. After that I ran to get a storm door installed. Since then I can open my front door during the worse of storms and not feel any wind or a drop of rain come in. I am extremely satisfied.

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