Storm Doors vs. Screen Doors: What Are the Differences?

There’s something hospitable about a special exterior door welcoming you home; it’s nice to think of those hot summer days with children running in and out of the house to play and grab snacks to share with friends. It’s also pleasant to have a door with extra protection during stormy days when you need to close the shutters that shake in the wind.

It’s nice to know that you have options for an exterior door. Before you select one, you need to know the differences between the styles, their benefits, and if they’d work for your home. As you do your research, learn the differences between storm and screen doors.

What Are the Distinctions Between Storm and Screen Doors?

You probably wonder about the differences between these two entries. Storm doors and screen doors possess great attributes, but they aren’t the same at the end of the day. The first distinction is that screen doors are more common in the southern United States, while storm doors are pretty common up north.

A storm door protects your home from the elements. A screen door keeps out bugs and ventilates the air. Storm doors have more parts and two glass panels; a screen door has only a mesh screen.

The latches on a storm door make it easy to lock the entryway for added security. The hinge can hold the door open if necessary. A screen door adds character to a screened-in porch, and a storm door works perfectly on either side of the house.

The Benefits of a Storm Door

Obviously, you need a door to keep out bugs, debris, and the elements—without one, your home would be incomplete. Brighten your home with a screen door or protect it from rain and snow with a storm door—the choice is yours! Here is an overview of the benefits of a storm door:

  • The storm door protects your home from heat, rain, wind, tornados, and cold weather.
  • A storm door has heavy-duty metal parts that keep it in the entry and add security.
  • The tempered glass panel can improve your home’s energy usage.
  • It’s possible to install pet doors onto the storm door.

The Benefits of a Screen Door

A screen door can be perfect if you want to add something simple to an enclosed porch. Here are the benefits of screen doors:

  • Your energy bills decrease.
  • Easy, on-demand air conditioning when you want it.
  • Screen doors have lock systems for added security.
  • Pets and children won’t accidentally open the door when running outside.

A door isn’t only a way to get in and out of the house; it’s a layer of security to keep you and your family safe. If you are indecisive about which door to buy, consider contacting Doors of Pontiac to learn more about our doors. Once we’ve discussed the door you’d like to buy, our professional team of storm door installers will do the work for you. Keep your home looking its best with a new storm door!

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Biffs Coney
Biffs Coney
13:38 22 Jun 24
Great service
Bob Pniewski
Bob Pniewski
23:20 21 Jun 24
Prompt, friendly, efficient and professional service!
Dave Hock
Dave Hock
17:40 21 Jun 24
Andy was very professional and did the job quickly and double checked to make sure everything was perfect. My appointment was for 11 am and he was right on time. Thank you for excellent service.
Sheldon Kirsch
Sheldon Kirsch
22:22 20 Jun 24
Travis “Poke'Man” Trimper
Travis “Poke'Man” Trimper
21:40 20 Jun 24
Randy? Was vert helpful and fun to talk to. He got the job done way quicker than I thought he would. *****
Virgil Schleich
Virgil Schleich
21:20 20 Jun 24
Justin L. Was great to have service our garage door. Very friendly and helpful.
Patrick Mathews
Patrick Mathews
21:02 20 Jun 24
Devon from Doors of Pontiac was great! Prompt arrival, friendly, knowledgeable and competent repair of my door spring. He inspected my door and opener, then adjusted and performed service with advice for my routine maintenance. Reasonable price and good warranty. Definitely recommend!
Virginia Schleich
Virginia Schleich
20:16 20 Jun 24
Justin repaired our door today and did a great job. He was very friendly and professional and explained everything that needed to be done.
Kathy Ratliff
Kathy Ratliff
20:16 20 Jun 24
The door looks great and Mike M, did a great job. He was on time and very nice!
Christina Orosco
Christina Orosco
17:40 20 Jun 24
Installer was professional and informative about the new door. I would definitely recommend. I wish my quote matched what I paid but I understand another element was required by my association that you didn't include in my quote.
Bob Bartlett
Bob Bartlett
17:02 20 Jun 24
They showed up on time did an awesome job reviewing the door and making some needed repairs got the work done at a very fair price I would use them and recommend them anytime
Niki Bordnick
Niki Bordnick
14:40 20 Jun 24
Thanks to Devon, my garage door works great. Very informative. Did a great job.
Ban Atchoo
Ban Atchoo
13:47 20 Jun 24
Honestly, Doors Of Pontiac is the best in town from the people that work in the office and installers. Dan, who installed my door is so professional and really cares about his work. Thank you for an amazing experience
Carroll Douglas Williams
Carroll Douglas Williams
11:17 20 Jun 24
Bottom seal of our new door became loose, they promptly came out and repaired it.
BETH PHILLIPS
BETH PHILLIPS
13:00 18 Jun 24
Drew and Nick replaced the rotten wood and aluminum wrap around my moms garage door today They were on time and friendly and professionalThey did a great job and even went above and beyond to correct some existing issues with the actual garage doorI highly recommend both them and their company
Luke Floyd
Luke Floyd
23:35 17 Jun 24
10/10!!! Great service through the buying process and even better installation with Drew and his crew. Could not be more happy With our garage doors.
Lee Allen
Lee Allen
20:49 17 Jun 24
Harold was great, professional, on time and FAST! Our 2 garage doors needed some TLC and are working much better now. Doors of Pontiac does great work.
Jennifer A
Jennifer A
17:29 17 Jun 24
Highly recommend! Dan and Devon are extremely knowledgeable and efficient. I’ll never go anywhere else!
Amanda Fraifogl
Amanda Fraifogl
14:03 17 Jun 24
Love our new garage door. Doors of Pontiac never disappoints. Professional and on time!
Bonnie Koch
Bonnie Koch
13:38 17 Jun 24
Doors of Pontiac did an excellent job on installing my new garage door. Their price was amazing, their workers were professional and friendly, they worked quietly, and did not leave any mess. They were amazing. I am recommending them to everyone.
Kristin Vogelei
Kristin Vogelei
17:01 14 Jun 24
Harold Junek came out to fix our garage door last week after a cable snapped. Harold was prompt and even sent a text message that he was on his way. He fixed the broken cable, replaced all the wheels and greased up all the joints. Our garage door was up and running in a short time and works great. It's also more quiet. Thanks Harold and Doors of Pontiac. Definitely will be a repeat customer!
Judith Gracey
Judith Gracey
11:01 13 Jun 24
The installer was exceptional:* Professional* Patient* Explained the functions of the productthoroughly* Answered all questions
Tom Budisak
Tom Budisak
18:35 12 Jun 24
Ann Haggard
Ann Haggard
16:56 12 Jun 24
Friendly , professional company from the office, to the quote , to the install. Thank you everyone!
DPC Chief
DPC Chief
14:47 11 Jun 24
On time, great service, competitive pricing. Devon was terrific
iam sports
iam sports
17:08 10 Jun 24
Thank you for the great job Harold. He repaired our garage door that seemed to be too old to fix. Harold saved the day by repairing and replacing all our LiftMaster parts.He got it working again within the hour. THANKS AGAIN...Harold.
Maureen Zale
Maureen Zale
14:43 08 Jun 24
A big thank you to Harold, who came out to my house on a Saturday morning to fix a broken spring. He did some much needed maintenance as well (new rollers and stripping on the bottom).The door now operates like new.
Patrick Wong
Patrick Wong
19:34 07 Jun 24
Harold Junek did a great job replacing my garage door springs, cables and rollers. Very professional, careful, and polite. Initial call was for 1 broken spring; I’m glad other potential issues are also resolved because he showed me conditions of other worn out parts.
E.F. Rossi
E.F. Rossi
18:18 07 Jun 24
Andy did a good job assessing and fixing our garage door. He was clear in his communication to us.
Kristie Galloway
Kristie Galloway
20:02 06 Jun 24
Jennifer Troy
Jennifer Troy
19:22 06 Jun 24
Thank you Harold for the fabulous SAME DAY service!!!! Very professional and knew exactly what was wrong....fixed at a very reasonable price! Thanks
DEEP DHILLON
DEEP DHILLON
15:35 06 Jun 24
Harold is really amazing worked on broken garage door spring.
Joe Rotman
Joe Rotman
14:18 06 Jun 24
They arrived an hour after I called and got it fixed in an hour.
Jere D
Jere D
16:15 05 Jun 24
Quick fix thanks. Right on time and professional. I always call doors of Pontiac if I need anything fixed.
Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert
20:27 04 Jun 24
The entire process went smoothly. Estimate was provided in a timely manner. Installation was completed as scheduled, and installers were professional and cleaned up after job completion. New doors look great. Will certainly recommend working with Doors of Pontiac
dwyer5150
dwyer5150
16:27 04 Jun 24
Harold is top notch…. very knowledgeable and professional. Adjusted my door in no time. Thanks Doors of Pontiac. AAA+++
Shawn Miller
Shawn Miller
22:25 03 Jun 24
They were very quick to get a technician out and priced better than another quote I received.
Nancy Huber
Nancy Huber
16:10 03 Jun 24
Quick and effective door spring replacement!!!
Rose Dickinson
Rose Dickinson
15:54 03 Jun 24
Anthony Gatewood
Anthony Gatewood
23:55 30 May 24
We’ve had a lot of work done by Doors of Pontiac and have always been happy with the work. The people are always friendly and they do quality work! Harold was great at answering questions and got the job done in a timely manner. Thank you!
Doris Martin
Doris Martin
15:22 30 May 24
On time and efficient. Didn't replace trim due to size however I love love love my new storm door.
Susanne Roberts
Susanne Roberts
22:34 29 May 24
Could not have asked for better service from the original service call to the installation! Wonderful business all the way!
Doug Rowe
Doug Rowe
02:02 29 May 24
I called and technician was there next AM, he replaced track and wheel, and lubed everything, reset cable on spring and whole repair completed in 30 minutes. I AM VERY SATISFIED. WOULD RECOMMEND.
ken manderfield
ken manderfield
17:25 28 May 24
Margaret Leuchtman
Margaret Leuchtman
17:18 26 May 24
A big shout out to Harold for rescuing me today which is Memorial. Holiday weekend. He came to fix my garage door within an hour from the time he was notified ! He not only fixed the. Problem but checked everything as well as tightened loose bolts and lubricated all tracks and hinges as well. He was very professional and gaveGreat Customer Service. Many thanks again HaroldHope you can enjoy the rest off you Holiday !
Leon Agan
Leon Agan
19:50 25 May 24
One of our door cables came off the roller on a Saturday. DofP sent service tech Devon that afternoon. He efficiently fixed the problem and performed some general maintenance. The door open/close now sounds better than it ever has before. Thanks!
Tim Egan
Tim Egan
13:35 24 May 24
These guys are great! Harold was on time, efficient and explained everything. Sure, nobody likes when things break... but if you need service done, call Doors of Pontiac. Ask for Harold!! This is a REAL review!
Lucas Farrar
Lucas Farrar
01:26 23 May 24
Harold did. Great job
Colleen Woodard
Colleen Woodard
18:50 22 May 24
Marissa Downs
Marissa Downs
14:52 21 May 24
Our garage door wouldn’t open, either with the motor or manually. We were stuck with a car inside! I called Doors of Pontiac at 7:35am, not expecting anyone to answer so early. Not only was my phone call answered promptly, but it was arranged that a tech would be at my home the same day between 10am and noon. Technician, Harold, arrived at my home before 10am and was completed with his work in about an hour. He was friendly, helpful, and professional, and solved our problem quickly so that we could go about our day with an operational garage door. Thank you to Doors of Pontiac and Harold! We’ve been customers in the past, and you’ll be our first call in the future.
Susan Schoonover
Susan Schoonover
19:33 20 May 24
I am very happy with the service Doors of Pontiac provides. My door opener needed a little tweeking!! Now working perfectly!!!
Lorna Thom
Lorna Thom
13:55 20 May 24
Harold has taken care of us for the second time in about a year . He put braces on the door to extend the life of the garage door plus swapped out rollers . Also a garage door opener the last time he was here. Price was fair. He’s a good guy. Thanks Harold!
R. Coombe
R. Coombe
17:36 18 May 24
As longtime customers of Doors of Pontiac, we called them when a spring broke on our garage door. A big thank you to Harold who came out and replaced both the springs quickly and at a reasonable price.
Patrick Gramith
Patrick Gramith
21:45 17 May 24
Arlene
Arlene
19:47 17 May 24
My garage door was broken, unable to close manually or by power train. Harold from Doors of Pontiac was able to quickly and competently replace the frayed cables. My garage door now working just like new.
Monica Stevens
Monica Stevens
15:50 16 May 24
I’m just thrilled with the timeliness, level of service and cost. Many thanks to Harold for coming out within. 24 hours and replac8ng the wiring in three places to get my garage door and sensors/control panel working again!Will definitely call you again in the future!
Lorri
Lorri
19:00 15 May 24
Karen Plaza
Karen Plaza
16:49 10 May 24
Billy did excellent work! He made sure before he left that I was satisfied with the work that he did. Great experience!
Kelly Gieselman
Kelly Gieselman
14:52 10 May 24
Excellent quality service and friendly knowledgeable employees!
Dena Clouse
Dena Clouse
17:22 08 May 24
Fast serviceTech was friendly and informative
Patti G
Patti G
14:23 08 May 24
We have used Doors of Pontiac for years and years. Drew did repair work today replacing 2 panels and did a great job. He was efficient and friendly .
Sheldon Pearlman
Sheldon Pearlman
20:28 03 May 24
Harold provided Excellent service! He took down the old door opener, repaired the broken cable & installed a new garage door opener in a timely manor & cleaned up when he was finished. Then helped me program the key pad. He was a pleasure!
rick dee
rick dee
13:30 03 May 24
FastKindVery great to do business withVery fair priced
Carl Davis
Carl Davis
03:27 02 May 24
Lynlee McDermaid
Lynlee McDermaid
17:58 01 May 24
Wayne Soucie
Wayne Soucie
22:52 30 Apr 24
Had our storm door installed today, technician did a good job installing. Issue with the screen and they are taking care of that. Good reliable service and company.
Lori Green
Lori Green
18:28 30 Apr 24
They were quick and efficient.
Suzanne Kerr
Suzanne Kerr
14:38 30 Apr 24
Molly Austin
Molly Austin
17:25 29 Apr 24
I hit my garage door with my car and knocked it off the track. Drew from Doors of Pontiac came to my house within two hours of a phone call to request service. He quickly fixed the door for a fair price. Thanks Drew for all your help!
Karen Sherman
Karen Sherman
16:29 29 Apr 24
The garage door broke on Friday and they were able to still come out before the weekend , which was really appreciated . Work was well done.
denise hamilton
denise hamilton
15:06 27 Apr 24
Very professional hard workers❣️
John Stewart
John Stewart
18:44 26 Apr 24
The technician who came was professional and knowledgeable. He quickly accessed the problem and made the necessary adjustments to correct the issue.
Jennifer Sheardown
Jennifer Sheardown
18:17 25 Apr 24
Honest and professional service. I felt the price was fair. My garage door works great again!
Dave Khadra
Dave Khadra
12:51 25 Apr 24
Always great service from the DoP guys !
Tony Sarna
Tony Sarna
18:32 23 Apr 24
Prompt and professional! Prices were reasonable. Andy was friendly and provided great service! I would definitely use them again should the need arise.
alexandra perrino
alexandra perrino
16:26 23 Apr 24
Andy was great and got me set up and installed in no time!
Andrea Miciuda
Andrea Miciuda
14:12 23 Apr 24
Excellent customer service, love our new door and sidelights!
Pam Hardy
Pam Hardy
19:34 22 Apr 24
Bob ,Was Great! Very professional and knows what he’s doing.Fixed front storm door issues. And adjusted one of the other storm doors as well. Highly recommendHim .Thank you for good service!
Debbie Burmeister
Debbie Burmeister
17:34 22 Apr 24
Drew and crew were very polite and efficient. They did a great job!
Debbie Eckert
Debbie Eckert
11:39 20 Apr 24
Mike M the installer was a great communicator from beginning to end and he is a masterful installer.I am a repeat customer with Doors of Pontiac, I never call anyone else.
Emmy Rahbany
Emmy Rahbany
19:33 19 Apr 24
Baird Wohlfeil
Baird Wohlfeil
18:21 19 Apr 24
Drew was outstanding… diagnosed and fixed the problem… was efficient, friendly, and professional! Would call them for any door service in the future!
Steven Dasbach
Steven Dasbach
22:13 18 Apr 24
Andy did a great job installing our new garage door opener. He was very informative and knowledgeable. Wouldn’t hesitate to do business with them, great company.
Allison S
Allison S
01:03 18 Apr 24
Had a great experience with Doors of Pontiac! Karen was so helpful in the showroom and Mike, Billy, Drew and all of the install guys did an excellent job. We couldn’t be happier with our new front door and garage door!
Joanna Dwoskin
Joanna Dwoskin
14:03 17 Apr 24
Brandon Hansen
Brandon Hansen
20:11 16 Apr 24
Came out to our garage this afternoon to see that the old spring in the door had snapped. Called Doors of Pontiac and they had someone out within about an hour to make the repair. Devon was friendly, knowledgeable and got everything fixed and tuned up for us perfectly.
Kelly Oguin
Kelly Oguin
23:19 15 Apr 24
Same day appointment. The service technician (Drew) was very helpful explaining what needed to be done to fix my broken garage door.
Lori Kinsey
Lori Kinsey
15:03 13 Apr 24
The repair man was very knowledgeable, professional, and helpful. Would recommend him to everyone.
Pastor Randy Bell Alpha Omega C.C.M.
Pastor Randy Bell Alpha Omega C.C.M.
15:48 12 Apr 24
We are thankful for the great service we receive from Doors of Pontiac...Especially from Dustin Killewald the installer he did a Great Job!
Tina Maxbauer
Tina Maxbauer
20:54 09 Apr 24
Service was quick and easy. Excellent product!
traci raitt
traci raitt
20:14 09 Apr 24
This door is gorgeous! Thank you Door’s of Pontiac!!! Devin & Mike were incredible! They were polite and meticulous and cleaned up afterward. The install was done very well and I would highly recommend them.
Tony Montante
Tony Montante
14:58 09 Apr 24
Harold was was very efficient and the job was well done.
Jennifer Milne
Jennifer Milne
16:54 08 Apr 24
DD T (DD)
DD T (DD)
12:42 07 Apr 24
This is the 3rd time I’ve used Pontiac Doors! Professional , courteous , prompt are the words that come to mind. David Gadd was the salesperson that initially came to the house to help us find what we needed. Mike And Devon did the installation ..they were awesome! Before and after photos !
Mark
Mark
19:07 06 Apr 24
Andrew Gamalski
Andrew Gamalski
21:42 28 Mar 24
Donna Asp
Donna Asp
13:18 25 Mar 24
Joe
Joe
23:57 24 Mar 24
Barb LeMaigre
Barb LeMaigre
19:53 19 Mar 24
Focused sales, great recommendations. Install was Outstanding! Explained process, began tear out, install new, looks great. Gave 5 stars. No problems, no pressure sales, installed on time, and great quality.
Jason Ballantyne
Jason Ballantyne
16:30 04 Feb 24
Michael Caram
Michael Caram
13:20 22 Sep 23
Joe and an apprentice (Billy?) installed our new front door w/ sidelites yesterday. They removed and reinstalled an existing storm door as well. They were both polite, professional, efficient and did an excellent job. I was very impressed.Side note, Joe was very calm and understanding and a great teacher to his apprentice. As a sports coach to young kids, just listening to the way he explained everything was impressive. Not that Billy didn't understand, but having someone explain the reason for doing something so they actually learn the why is a great asset.
Brenda McGaughey
Brenda McGaughey
02:21 02 Apr 23
Mark Croteau
Mark Croteau
20:49 12 Oct 22
jacob Gebhart
jacob Gebhart
13:25 29 Jul 22
Mark is an exceptional and very down to earth guy. He is honest and will treat you with respect without pushing you into a sale. Anyone looking for new doors or windows should at least give mark a call and get a free estimate.
Tammie Jo
Tammie Jo
01:20 30 Jun 22
Mark came over for an estimate. It was the first time I’ve ever received the honest and up front approach to sales with no manipulation or overselling! He was very patient and respectful of with our many questions and very thorough with making sure we were quoted correctly. I would definitely recommend getting your work done through Doors of Pontiac - Livingston County and be sure to ask for Mark if you live in the area.
mark Croteau
mark Croteau
19:15 22 Apr 22
Heather McPh
Heather McPh
15:22 24 Mar 22
Great customer service! I was able to find everything I needed in one spot. they have a large variety of vinyl stop in many colors and even had a keypad for my garage door!
KK Marko
KK Marko
19:34 21 Mar 22
This place is great! Called and spoke with Vivian for service. She was quick and knowledgeable. A joy to talk to. Received same day service and the tech did a great job!My new "go to" for service. They also do entry doors as well. Highly recommend 👌
KK Marko
KK Marko
19:29 21 Mar 22
Great company. Very polite and knowledgeable. Had some garage door work done. Efficient. Will definitely call again
Michelle Anne
Michelle Anne
10:37 19 Mar 22
Stephen Rafferty
Stephen Rafferty
01:11 11 Nov 21
Donald Abbott
Donald Abbott
15:55 26 Feb 21
I have had dealings with this company. They have been great to work with. The staff really goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that their customers are taken care of.
Sue Zimmer
Sue Zimmer
18:02 17 Feb 21
Great service and professionalism. A pleasure to work with!
Vivian White
Vivian White
16:07 24 Dec 20
The company is super they've got an A.1 office manager the workers are courteous and we'll go the extra mile to help you very well pleased
Daniel Applefield
Daniel Applefield
13:22 24 Dec 20
Excellent work. Timely and professional. Great door company. The owner is very knowledgeable and stands behind his work.
Scott Levigne
Scott Levigne
13:12 24 Dec 20
Stephen Rafferty
Stephen Rafferty
12:11 24 Dec 20
New store in Brighton, so I thought I’d give it a try for some garage door parts, and they are so friendly and knowledgeable. Great quality products and value. I’ll be there again for service (my garage door springs have been on for many years, so they are probably almost due for an upgrade), and start dreaming about when I’ll visit them for a brand new front door!
Tom Lee
Tom Lee
03:11 06 Feb 19
The employees are very knowledgeable with many years of experience. They stock superior door sweeps, thresholds and Weatherstrip door stop sets.
Duane Barry
Duane Barry
18:17 30 Dec 18
I love this place, great products and amazing services everything from Windows, Entry doors, storm doors and garage doors, Even door walls, I can visit their store and purchase things off the shelf everything from garage door hinges, cables and rollers spray lube, door handles even that rubber weather strip on the bottom of my door, the one under my front door too, amazing services they get the job done, they'll come and replace my spring on my garage door at the same time do it complete inspection, their installers are professionals, for all those reasons i give five stars.
Michelle Anne
Michelle Anne
12:47 28 Dec 18
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