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In the world of storm doors, the Larson Tradewinds storm door is the top of line. While it is not the most expensive, it is the most durable, easy to maintain, is the easiest to use, and looks the best all at the best price.

These full view doors are about 1 1/2″ thick, extruded (another word for ‘hollow’) aluminum, and are built to last. Since it has aluminum construction, it won’t fade, rust, or degrade over the years like traditional plastic or vinyl storm doors. Since it is so thick, it also provides a better seal helping to keep hot air in the house during the winter, and the hot air of the summer time outside.

Another great feature is the brilliant way Larson has designed the glass and retractable screen. With the hideaway screen there is no more of this changing the glass and the screen out as the seasons change. This is great, especially if you live in places like Colorado, when you can have multiple seasons all in the same day. You simply pull on the lever in the middle of the door to disengage the top window, then grab the large handle on the top window to pull it down, thus revealing the screen. And the screen will stay exactly where you put it. So feel free to leave the window all the way down if you are trying to get a lot of ventilation, or just crack it a little bit.

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32 Responses to Larson Tradewinds Storm Door Review

  • Kevin C says:

    My brick mold opening is 35 3/4. 1/8″ shy of the recommended minimum opening for Larson. Will the standard 36″ storm door still fit?

    • SDG says:

      You should be able to squeak it out with a standard size door. It may be a little tight, and worst case you’ll just have to remove a little bit of wood on the trim where the door hits the door frame.

  • Mary Finney says:

    I am most likely going to buy a Larson Tradewinds storm door, full view with retractable screen. I don’t know whether to get low-e glass or not. Does the coating scratch? Do you have to clean it with something special? It is a North facing door opening up to a fairly shaded patio. Thanks for your thoughts on this!

    • SDG says:

      For your situation you don’t need Low-E. Save your money. Low E is a window tinting they put on the door to reduce heat buildup from the sun (like on a south facing house). Since your door faces north and won’t get direct sunlight for most of the day, you don’t need it.

  • Ray Robinson says:

    Do the Larson storm doors allow for venting hot air that builds up between storm door and steel entry doors? Just replaced an old entry door that was ruined by this heat build up.
    Thamks

    • SDG says:

      Great question. The answer is it depends on the door you get. Any door that has a screen will vent, obviously. In the hot spring-fall months, I always advise clients to leave their storm door windows cracked a little so you don’t get the heat buildup. You can also try low-e glass, but depending how your house sits, I’ve seen heat buildup so strong it melts the low-e coating right off the window.

      Incidentally, Larson does make a self-venting storm door, but they put the vent at the bottom of the door which makes no sense to me because heat rises.

      • BA says:

        Thank you and correct Home Depot doesn’t carry Larson.

        I visited a showroom and they didn’t have Tradewinds, but looked identical to the Tradewinds I looked. They also told me what they had was the same as Tradewinds and of course more money!

        I’m wondering if I was given correct information at the showroom?

        • SDG says:

          Sorry it took so long to respond, I just saw this now. If the box it came in said Larson, it’s probably a tradewinds. If not, it’s a knock off. Larson does have independent distributors throughout the country as well as Lowe’s stores.

  • Char says:

    I’m looking at the tradewinds…I’m also one of those people that leave my front door open all winter in Chicago….Is there a door that is more insulated?

    • SDG says:

      How do you mean ‘more insulated’? All storm doors are single pane glass, unless you look at a Larson Secure Elegance, which is a dual pane glass with a plastic laminate film between the panes. That also adds a layer of security as well as insulation. You could try a wood core door like a Savannah, but I think you’ll find it is colder than a Tradewinds.

    • Donald Langford says:

      Try the Dust Stopper Door out of Panhandle Texas – close to Amarillo
      Address: 500 Elsie Ave, Panhandle, TX 79068 Phone: (806) 537-3382

  • Jim Jones says:

    We are looking at a 36 x 96 Larson trade winds door in Florida. The screen material looks rather flimsy and the mesh doesn’t seem to be fine enough the keep out the small bugs that are called no see ums down here. Any suggestions?

    • SDG says:

      No see ums are incredibly small, and you’re right. They can get through a standard screen mesh like the Tradewinds. Problem is that screen mesh was standard for all Larson products. I say “was” because I just found out they now have a selection of screens including a new, no see um specific screen. I would go to Lowe’s and have them call Larson directly to see if you can special order that screen to be put into the tradewinds, since the 96″ door is going to be special order anyway. Here’s info for larsons ‘no see ‘um screen: http://blog.larsondoors.com/meet-the-newest-larson-door-the-screen-door

      Hope this helps!

  • Katy May says:

    Hi Storm Door Guy, since this door is extruded aluminum, does it have any insulating properties? I love the look and feel of my old wooden front door but living in NY, I would welcome additional insulation (especially on windy winter nights). Or do you have another recommendation? Thank you!

    • SDG says:

      Katy May:

      Yes, this door does have the best insulating properties … air! I know that sounds ridiculous, but air is actually one of the best insulators known to man. From a physics standpoint, air molecules are farther apart so they don’t transfer heat and cold easily. Putting the Tradewinds storm door over the entry door creates a 4-6″ dead air space … and it is that dead air space which will actually give you the insulation from the winter cold. And just because its hollow core, don’t let it fool you. It will keep the cold out. I have clients that leave their front doors open during the winter at times with just the Tradewinds storm door closed. Mind you I wouldn’t do that because the glass will radiate cold, meaning if you walk by it you will feel a cold spot in that area, but it will keep the breezes out. Hope that helps!

  • Mr. Ray says:

    My old, beat up aluminum storm door has 32×80 written on its edge. I don’t see that size in your listings but that size is available at Lowes & Home Depot. Should I buy a 32×80 just going by the size written on the door?

    Thank you

    • SDG says:

      A standard 32×81 should work fine. The 81″ door can shrink to 80″ by moving the expander (bottom piece with the rubber door sweep) all the way up.

  • blake says:

    Hello, I was interested in the larson storm door that’s 1/2 window and the screen comes down from inside. I’d rather swappable because those are easier to replace should something go wrong and I’ve read a LOT of bad reviews of their screens breaking. But I can’t find anyone with the old fashioned 1/2 light, swappable glass and screen. It would be screen all summer and glass in the winter. We have a good interior door for the elements in the summer. Thanks!

    • SDG says:

      I haven’t seen on of those for awhile. Closest thing would be a security door, but then you are dealing with bars. The next closest would be a Larson Tradewinds half-view, but it’s not a swappable screen. In my experience the roll screens perform very well, but every now and then you can get a defective one. I would say maybe 1 in 1000 I install has an issue with the screens.

  • Storm door guy I have a problem with the wind ripping the storm door open right out of my hands and the way our house is made it would be a problem to change the opening of the front door.
    Does anyone make an affordable storm door that is wind proof?Thanks

    • SDG says:

      That would be a million dollar idea. No one makes a wind proof door. The best they’ve come up with is a wind chain door stop, but if seen winds so powerful they break the chain. It really is a problem of torque. The winds hyper-extend the door, then all that force goes to the door closers, and ultimately the 3-4 screws that mount the storm door closers to the entry door jamb, ripping them out and damaging the entry door jamb.

  • Rosemary Clark says:

    Hi Storm door guy, I’m looking to purchase a new storm door for the front of my house. I get full sun and I have no overhang to protect it from the elements. I live in NJ so we get it all, snow rain etc. Would you recommend the Larson Tradewinds for my situation? Or do you have a better recommendation? ( I have to have a screen in it too.) Thank you!!

    • SDG says:

      The tradewinds would be a great door, especially since the screen self stores. Because of the way your home faces, any storm doors useful life will be shortened due to the weather. Tradewinds is a smart choice because it is extruded aluminum, which means it won’t degrade like a wood core. The door is powder coated, which means it won’t fade. The hardware will fade, but you can replace that every few years for about $25. Just make sure during the hot months of the summer you leave the top window cracked a little bit to allow the air trapped between the storm door and your entry door to vent. Tradewinds would be the smartest buy in my mind. Good luck!

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