Hi all. We are in the process of replacing our entry door with a white fiberglass door. We will also be purchasing a storm door with a white frame and full-view single pane glass and interchangeable screen (Anderson 4000 series).
Due to concern over heat buildup between the storm door and the entry door, we are thinking about having a film applied on the inside of the storm door glass. Our main concern is protecting the door from heat and UV.
The local film installer said he has a product that has the installed
appearance of low-e glass, and that it blocks a total of 55% UV and IR
from getting through (I'm not sure on the details.) There is a lifetime
warranty from the manufacturer on the film for peeling, cracking, etc. About $90 installed. We want the entry door to be seen through the storm door glass from the street, so I don't believe we can go with higher protection than this. It sounds like film that provides higher protection gets more heavily tinted, or mirrored, both of which are not desirable to us.
Also, Anderson has an option for double pane glass, but we don't know if the benefits outweigh the $60 (I believe) price increase and the extra weight on the hinges/frame. This option appears to have the same frame and locking mechanism as the single pane glass. Any thoughts on the single vs double pane option (with or without film on either the single or double pane)?
It can get very windy here. We are switching the hinged side of the storm door to help minimize (but not eliminate) the wind from ripping the storm door out of our hand and taking chunks out of the door frame (where the closers are) in the process (like happened to the prior owners of this house.) Just mentioning this since double pane glass will be heavier (I assume) and can possibly do as much damage to the frame with less wind force.
We would prefer to leave the glass in all year long, but aren't very opposed to putting the screen in if we should in order to protect the door, and for energy efficiency too.
P.S. Background - The current door is steel, painted a medium dark color, and faces WSW. We have a covered porch that extends 8' out from the door, but the porch height is 11'. All this being said, you still wouldn't want to touch the outside of the current steel door the summer sun (it's just too hot), and the airspace gets extremely hot as well. We are in SW Virginia. We don't care for storm doors with sliding glass with a built in screen.
Please feel free to comment on any or all of this. We could use some help sorting this out.