Full View Storm Door Pros and Cons

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A full view storm door can be a lovely way to enjoy the area around your home and welcome more natural light into your space. However, before you purchase one, you should consider a few pros and cons.

Pros of Full View Storm Doors

As their name implies, full view storm doors offer an unobstructed view of the outside from the room into which they open. This means you'll be able to easily see visitors approaching your door, or monitor the activities of children or pets outside your home. The type of glass used in full view storm doors is a tempered safety glass to better resists breaking or scratching.

Full view storm doors also offer better insulation than ventilating (screen) or steel bar security doors. This allows you to leave your main door open and see through the door to outside while running your home's air conditioner or heating system. You can also add a vent if you'd like to get the best of both styles.

Cons of Full View Storm Doors

While these types of storm doors have some advantages, there are a couple of less favorable points to consider. For instance, full view screen doors are often much more expensive than ventilating storm doors that are fully or partially screened.

If you are the type of person that leaves the main door open to allow your home to air-out, then a full-view storm door may not be for you. Screened or ventilating doors allow you to let in a fresh breeze while keeping out mosquitoes and other insects. With a full view door, you will have to open the door wide to let in a breeze.