Today you can expect a lot more from a combination storm- and screendoor than protection from the weather. The new doors made with a heavy-duty frame, decorative grill and deadbolt lock also offer added security. These features help deter intruders, and the replacement screen and glass panel create a strong barrier that keeps bugs and nasty weather outside.
A carpenter will charge $366 to install a good quality 36-inch wide security storm door, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the door for $170 and install it in a few hours, and save 54 percent. Figure it will cost you more time and money if carpentry work is needed to repair or paint the doorjamb. These doors are sold at home centers in standard sizes ranging from 30- to 36-inch widths; a custom size will cost more.
To install a storm door, you will need basic carpentry tools: a measuring tape, hacksaw, pliers, screwdriver, chisel and electric drill. Carefully measure the door opening before you go shopping. Measure the width of the opening from jamb to jamb and the height of the door from the head jamb to the threshold. The frame for the door can be installed for a left-or right-hand swing.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$366 -- $170 -- 2.1 -- 3.5 -- $196 -- 54 Percent