How to Buy Storm Doors

Insulation can save a lot of money on your heating bills, but you can still lose heat through an old, poorly fitting, or leaky storm door.

Here's how to complete your insulation project. .

Measure the size of the doorway (and your existing door).

Make sure that you get a door with the correct facing. Face your existing door from outside - if the hinges are on the left, you have a left-handed door; if hinges are on the right, you have a right-handed door. (Note that some storm doors are reversible; you can install them to be either right- or left-handed.)

Consider the type of material that best matches your budget and the appearance of your house. Storm doors are made in aluminum, vinyl, and a number of composite materials.

Decide if you want a model with glass (or plastic) panes.

Consider the style of the door - do you want a colonial look to match your home's architecture, or would something more modern be appropriate?

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring Tapes
  • Storm Doors
  • Utility Knives
  • Variable-speed Drills


  • If you plan to install the door yourself, make sure it comes with an installation kit and complete instructions. You will need a utility knife and a power drill (with both drill bits and screwdriver attachments), and a tape measure or ruler.