Just curious if anyone has built a wooden storm door, and if it has held up
well, warpage, etc? How is attached to the brick molding, etc...
I have a neighbor who has a nice looking one, and I have to think it
protects from the cold better than aluminum.
We have a few of them at work, store bought though. Fairly harsh
environment but they have held up well with just paint on them. Lot sof
moisture from inside as well as outside. They do require more maintenance
than a typical aluminum door with paint that holds up for 20+ years.
It is attached to hinges on the door casing, same as an aluminum one is.
Yes/No depending on construction. Some of the newer aluminum doors are made
with an insulating core that is overall, better than wood. Compared to the
doors with just a stamped metal panel, the wood is better.
We have a screened in gazebo with a $20 borg wood screen door, it lasted
7 years and all I ever did was give it one coat of deck sealer. It
never warped, swelled only after hurricanes and only the bottom rotted
out. If I had given it any care at all it would have lasted 20 years.
I would think that a well finished wood storm door could be a better
insulator but some of the newer materials are fairly impressive. BUT I
prefer the look of a wood door.
On our small greenhouse I used a borg aluminum storm door because of the
conditions inside and it allows me to swap out the glass for a screen in
Buck Turgidson wrote:
Insulating value of a storm door is more in the seal it makes, trapping air
between itself and the main door, than anything else. Dimensional stability
the main factor in how well it meets its weather-stripping.
Which is why I wonder about them advertising the R3 value of the foam
sandwiched between the cold-conducting metal sheathing. Or brag about the
large window area....
<BRuce> wrote in message
I made one a few years ago (from a plan in Wood magazine as I recall).
I used quarter sawn white oak for weather resistance and finished it
with a high end stain/ sealer (can't remember the brand right now). I
live in a hundred year old house that had and old (possibly original)
oak front storm/screen door, so I wanted to duplicate the look. Mine is
a combo screen/storm also.
My door faces directly South into the sun and experiences a fairly harsh
Iowa winter. The original is under a covered poirch, but mine is not
protected at all. To brighten it up, I added a coat of finish to the
exterior after a year and again after year 3. Probably needs it again,
but there has been no deterioration or warping. I did let the wood
aclimate in a dry winter basement for a while before building the door.
I got screen door hinges with springs built in from an outfit in Canada
(www.nicks.ca as I recall. At least it's close to that.) This was by
far the most reasonable spot I could find for them. They came in pairs
so thinking I needed 3, I bought 4, then I decided to use all 4 on the
door. Works great.
It was my first attempt a mortise and tenon joints and I'm really happy
with the results.
Buck Turgidson wrote:
Although I didn't make them I've just recently replaced the cedar storm doors
that were on my house. They were installed in 1952. I've lived in the house
since 1977 and have never refinish them. I replaced them after they were
damaged by being caught by the wind.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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