Storm Doors vs. Security Doors: Which is The Best Choice

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Most of us have heard the timeless words of advice “Dress in layers” when it comes to addressing the bone-chilling temperatures introduced by winter weather.

In the world of door installation, dressing in layers involves installing a second door in one or more of the entrances to our homes.

The most significant difference between dressing in layers for clothes and the addition of a second door is that not every second door installed addresses weather-related issues.

Thus, we have a debate between storm doors vs. security doors.

On the surface, both storm doors and security doors possess some of the weatherproofing qualities that we need to stay comfortable when the weather turns less than favorable.

However, security doors provide an additional door layer that also does a great job of protecting unwanted visitors to our home. For weather-related reasons, installing a high-quality storm door should enhance the comfort level of your house.

Let’s clear up the confusion that surrounds the debate between storm doors vs. security doors.

What is a Storm Door?

As the name applies, a storm door protects you and your family against the worst elements delivered by Mother Nature.

Storm doors effectively add a layer of insulation to prevent warm air from escaping from an entrance to your house. As well as encourage the circulation of air to increase the comfort level of your house during the warmer months of the year.

Installing a storm door at every entryway to your home produces three significant benefits in addition to protection against extreme weather elements.

Plenty of Style Options

Storm doors come in a wide variety of colors and materials to give you flexibility in designing a custom door that greets visitors at the front entrance, as well as prevents cold air from entering from the back and sides of your house.

Adding features such as glass and/or screen panels allows you to modify the configuration of a storm door to match seasonal climate conditions. For example, screen panels move up and down to adapt your home to sudden temperature changes.

Energy Efficiency

Installing high-quality storm doors represents the most effective way to save money on utility bills. By providing an extra layer of insulation during winter. And circulating cooler air when the temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels in summer.

Storm doors insulate the most vulnerable points of a standard exterior door to keep warm air in during the colder months of the year and create a natural ventilation system when the calendar turns to June, July, and August.


Storm doors will also provide increased security, especially if you add features such as durable grilles, strong security glass, and/or multiple-point locking systems.

Adding a multiple point locking system consists of three locks, which include a keyed deadbolt that secures the door jamb, as well as hooks placed at the top and bottom of the door frame.

Impact Rated Doors

Specifically in Florida, you will be required to install impact doors, such as these impact rated doors from ETO Doors. Also called hurricane doors, they are evaluated and specifically rated to withstand the high winds associated with hurricanes.

Look for hurricane or impact doors that are rated with the Miami-Dade High-Velocity Hurricane Zone Test (HVHZ).  ​​

What is a Security Door?

Unlike a standard storm door, a security door is designed with one purpose in mind, which is to protect you and your family against home intruders.

While these doors are specifically intended for security, they are also typically manufactured with stainless or galvanized steel, allowing these types of doors to also resist damage done by rust and corrosion.

The anti-rust and anti-corrosion benefits of installing a security door give this type of door a secondary purpose of resisting the damage done by prolonged exposure to the elements.

You can order one of two types of security doors. The first type is constructed similar to a conventional door in that it possesses a solid structure that resists strong impacts.

This type of security door is the perfect complement to most types of entry doors regardless of the material used to construct an exterior door. Second, you can install a security door that is designed with rods secured in a barred format.

The barred format type of security door does a much better job of alerting criminals to the heightened measures you have taken to protect you and your most valuable possessions. 

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The Bottom Line: Storm Doors vs. Security Doors

The easiest to understand explanation of the difference between a storm door and security doors boils down to purpose. Manufacturers design and construct storm doors to withstand the worst weather onslaughts sent by Mother Nature.

On the other hand, security doors withstand the worst onslaughts delivered by potential home intruders. Although a storm door works best when installed in front of an entry door. You can install a security door inside your home to create a panic room or provide additional protection for a vaulted room.

One important note for homeowners: Storm doors work best in colder climates, while versatile security doors are appropriate for installation in both hot and cold climates.