If your STORM door was worthless during the snow storm, why do you even have one?

Ever wonder why the flimsiest thing on the outside of your house, that combination screen/glass door blocking your real door, is of all things called a STORM door? Didn’t help much during the snow storm this week, did it? Wouldn’t you think something called a STORM door would look sturdier, like the hatch doors on Auntie Em’s storm cellar?

Those so-called Storm Doors are also not much help when you’re carrying-in a package, are they? They spring back to whack you in the you-know-where. Geez, like you REALLY needed that little extra bit of encouragement to keep walking that Amazon package into your house.

So, maybe it’s time to ask Fix St Louis to just REMOVE your nuisance Storm Door, patch-up the exposed damage left behind, and call it good. On the other hand, maybe there are actually good reasons to keep your Storm Door, fix it when it breaks, or even ADD a new one!

I’m sure you never imagined having to suffer through a history lesson delivered by a handyman, but this short one may prove helpful. Once upon a time there were these things called Storm Windows, another outside layer of windows, designed to insulate houses better from cold air than windows alone. Storm Windows had a cousin named the Storm DOOR designed to do the same thing for doors, because many doors had windows (glass panes) built-in.

But then, Man created the double-paned glass window, which made the Storm Window obsolete, and then extinct, just like the dinosaur. Yet, Storm DOORS continue to walk the Earth, even though real doors ALSO now have doubled-paned glass. So for decades, homeowners have wondered why the double-paned-glass meteor that struck the Storm Window only grazed the Storm Door, merely giving it a flesh wound.

By the count of your humble correspondent, these are the four best reasons that Storm Doors have not met their maker:

  • If your entry door happens to be in a dark section of your house without windows, you can open that door and the Storm Door will let light in.
  • If you have one of those louvered fans on a hallway ceiling, you can open your door, and let the screen in a Storm Door provide a large opening for fresh air to be sucked into your house. Even without that fan, it’s a larger opening for fresh air than any window.
  • When those darling little boy/girl scouts or trick-or-treaters knock on your door, you can talk to them and get your money to pay them, all without slamming a door in their face, or having Fido or Felix run out of your house.
  • If you live in Minnesota, they’re great at keeping snow drifts away from your front door. Oh, I forgot. Minnesota is outside our service area. Never mind!

So, call Fix St Louis if you have a good reason to add or fix a Storm Door, or if you would prefer to have one our talented surgeons perform a Storm-Door-ectomy. But however you decide, don’t let that Storm Door hit you on your way out.

Dr Steve
Fix St Louis
314-434-4100

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