How to repair storm entry doors
Because storm entry doors are exposed to the elements more often than your regular entry doors, they might face more repair problems. Fortunately, repair problems for storm entry doors can be easy to fix if caught quickly.
Storm Entry Doors: When Repair is Needed
There are a few basic repair problems that storm doors might see throughout their years of service. Sagging storm doors are often the result of loose screws or a door that has been caught by the wind and forced beyond the normal sweep. Start by tightening the loose screws. If that doesn't help, tighten the frame itself.
If the frame has been twisted by a strong gust of wind, you might be able to gently hammer it back into place. If that is not possible, a new frame can be obtained from the manufacturer.
Storm entry doors made of wood might occasionally suffer scruffs and gouges. Scuffs can be repaired with gentle sanding, while gouges in the wood can be remedied with a high-quality wood filler.
Problems with the pneumatic closer on the storm door are a more common repair issue. Remove it from the door and make sure all elements are tightened properly. The closer should provide ample room for adjustments. If the closer seems to be damaged inside the tube, a replacement can be purchased for $10-20 at your local home improvement store.
Replacing the Glass or Screens of Storm Entry Doors
Broken glass or screens on your storm entry doors are a common problem; so common, in fact, that pre-hung glass and screen panels are available at home improvement stores. Measure the broken glass panel or screen to ensure the proper fit, purchase a glass or screen inset of the proper color and model, and then install it according to the manufacturer's instructions. Installation is almost always very easy and takes only minutes.