A storm door is a secondary door that’s installed in front of your exterior door to protect from the elements while allowing for ventilation. Storm doors generally have glass panels and screened sections to allow for airflow while keeping insects out of your home. Many exterior doors have small windows or potentially no windows at all, so installing a storm door will also bring more natural light into your home. In the US, the average cost to have a storm door installed is $527.
In addition to protecting against the elements, a storm door also increases your home's energy efficiency by adding a second layer of insulation over your doors, which are common culprits for air loss. According to energy.gov, installing a storm door in your home can reduce heat loss by as much as 25-50%.
|What you can expect|
|Range per door:||$421.02||$649.48|
|Range for this type of project:||$421||$649|
Storm Door Installation Cost
Cost of aluminum storm door with double weather striping on frame. Mounting hardware and locking handle set included.
Basic Labor for Storm Door Installation
Typical labor cost of storm door installation. Hinge rail will be measured and set, along with the drip cap rail and latch rail. Clearance and latching operation will be adjusted after the storm door is secured. Everything will be taken care of, from planning to preparation to cleanup.
Job Supplies for Storm Door Installation
Standard supplies used in the installation process. Fasteners, shims, flashing, drip cap, perimeter foam insulation, and exterior caulking are among the materials covered by this fee.
Frame Interior Door Opening Labor (Optional)
Custom-fit door frame can optionally be built for optimal installation without existing frame. Header, trimmer studs, king studs, and cripple studs will be measured, cut, and secured in turn. Bottom plate will be trimmed to fit opening.
|cost to install a storm door|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per door||$303.93|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 1 door||$526.67|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 1 door||$414.27 - $639.08|
Storm doors are categorized by how much glass they have — generally, more glass is more expensive. The styles and types of screens will vary by manufacturer, so it’s worth it to spend some time comparing to find the storm door that suits you best.
A mid-view storm door (the least expensive option) has a window on the top half of the door. Depending on the manufacturer, you can have a full or partial screen across the window that slides vertically or horizontally.
On the other hand, a security storm door has metal reinforcements between two glass panels. While a determined burglar could smash the tempered glass of a high-view door, the reinforced nature of a security storm door means that even if the glass breaks, gaining entry is still difficult.
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High-view storm doors offer the least ventilation and light into your home, with a window and screen on only the top 50% of the door. These are best for high-traffic areas because the lower part of the door isn’t glass and, thus, more durable. They also have the most insulation, which can help with temperature control.
Mid-view storm doors offer more ventilation and light to your home, with a window and screen on about 75% of the surface. They can also be good for high-traffic areas but are less ventilated than high-view options.
Full-view storm doors bring in the most ventilation and light in, with a window and screen on 80 - 90% of the surface. These are great options if you want the maximum natural light, but you’ll also get less durability and insulation.
Security storm doors are made to be stronger and less susceptible to break-ins than storm doors. They are typically made from steel instead of aluminum and feature built-in security options like:
Typically, installation for these types of doors requires an expert's help, and you’ll pay extra for locksmith services.
Double-storm doors are made to fit entryways with two doors inside a single frame. They’re more bigger and expensive than single storm doors and will cost more to install as a result.
If you already have a storm door and want to upgrade to a newer model, you can expect to add $50-$100 to your contractor's bill to remove and dispose of the old door. If damage to your door frame needs fixing, that cost may go up to account for the repairs.
If your door frame has damage or has degraded with age, which can happen if moisture has gotten in, causing the wood to rot, you can expect to pay about $300 to have your door reframed.
You might want to spiff up an older storm door with cracked glass by having the broken panel replaced instead of purchasing an entirely new door. The cost to replace a glass panel in a storm door is about $250. However, this can vary based on the size and complexity of the glass.
Over time, wear and tear and exposure to the elements can cause holes or rips in your screen. It’s a quick job to replace the screen and should cost you around $65.
Each manufacturer has its own line of doors that vary in terms of quality and price tag. Here's an overview of the typical prices for the most common brands.
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Some of the most common enhancements on storm doors include upgrading the hardware to something more current that matches your home’s style, adding digital door locks for convenience and security, installing weather stripping, and adding kick plates.
Brass hardware comes in different styles and finishes and can be a beautiful touch to add to your home’s design. For most hardware sets, you can expect to spend between $20 and $50, although you may be able to find more affordable options at a local home improvement store if you want to save over buying from the manufacturer.
Smart locks are becoming increasingly common and are a great way to upgrade your storm door. With a digital keypad and Bluetooth connectivity, you can easily and quickly open your door from any smart device with the code. Smart lock sets can be purchased for an average of $250 and come in many styles and colors.
Weather stripping is a dense foam strip installed between the edge of your door and your door frame, boosting the seal when your door closes. Gaps around doors are one of the most common culprits for air loss, increasing your heating and cooling costs. In contrast, weather stripping is relatively inexpensive, coming in between $25 and $35 on your total cost for a storm door.
Kick plates are a great way to protect your storm door from overenthusiastic pets and kiddos, in addition to day-to-day wear. Some storm doors come with a built-in kick plate, but if you’re looking to add one, it will be between $25 and $50 to install.
If you’re a seasoned DIY-er and thinking of doing a simple storm door installation, you’ll probably have no problem tackling this on your own. There are a few things that might make an install more complicated and make it easier to bring in a pro, but the good news is that you can always get started on your own and decide to call a contractor if things start going sideways.
A security storm door has some more particular parts and ways that it needs to be set in order to function correctly, especially if you’ll be connecting it to a security system. You might want to consider having a contractor install a security storm door for this reason.
If your door frame needs to be refit or replaced, having a contractor help you out could save time and potential frustrations. While they seem simple, door frames are a bit fussy to install and have to be “just so'' to ensure that your door will fit and swing correctly.
Similarly, if you’re installing storm doors in a French door setup, it’s probably best to save some time and bring in a pro. French doors need to be installed reasonably precisely to ensure they work correctly and don’t cause you issues in the long run.
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