How to replace your front door

When you need a storm door

The lower the door’s energy efficiency and the more maintenance-prone it is, the more likely you’ll want a second barrier like a storm door to slow air movement.

Most of our experts don't recommend storm doors, saying that many people don’t like the inconvenience of two doors.

But you might want one to prolong your door’s life if you live in a harsh climate. All-glass styles keep your attractive front door visible.

And some storm doors can help keep the sun’s heat out in the summer or help a home retain its heat in the winter.

Storm doors with screens allow for air movement and bug protection when you keep the front door open, says real estate broker Jerry Grodesky.

"Of course, putting a cheap screen or storm door on will affect the perceived value of a beautiful front door, so be careful of your choices," he says.