Being a vinyl-siding contractor as well as a deck builder, I'm interested in low-maintenance alternatives, so now I use storm doors made of aluminum instead of wood for the panels.
Being a vinyl-siding contractor as well as a deck builder, I'm interested in low-maintenance alternatives, so now I use storm doors made of aluminum instead of wood for the panels.

Over 20 years ago, on a vinyl siding job, I screened in a deck that had a shed roof. I used wooden screen doors for the panels and framed out openings to fit them. Several years later, I went back to the same house to install some windows, and the vinyl siding looked great - but the screens didn't. The frames hadn't been painted in some time; what was left of the paint was peeling, and the frames had started to rot. I see a lot of wood trim that's been neglected, just like the screen-door frames on that porch. Being a vinyl-siding contractor as well as a deck builder, I'm interested in low-maintenance alternatives, so now I use storm doors made of aluminum instead of wood for the panels. They last for decades with only seasonal cleaning, as the finish doesn't peel and the aluminum doesn't rot.

Aluminum storm-door panels aren't just durable; they're also versatile. The screens can be swapped for glass, extending the seasonal use of the porch considerably. Even in winter, the porch can be comfortable for parties and holidays, with the help of a space heater.

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