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LARSON TRADEWINDS STORM DOOR REVIEW

Larson’s Tradewinds Storm Door is their top line full glass door. Featuring their patented Easy Vent® and retractable Screen Away®, this door provides maximum natural light combined with simple ventilation. It has a low-maintenance aluminum frame with an overlapping edge seal and double weatherstripping for the ultimate in energy efficiency. Its style adds beauty to any home with designer screw covers to disguise exterior screws for a sleek and streamlined finish. A built-in keyed deadbolt lock adds an extra layer of security to your home.

 

Custom Design

This door can be customized to match any exterior décor. The following color options are offered:

 

  • White

  • Almond

  • Black

  • Brown

  • Green

  • Cranberry

  • Sandstone

  • Graphite (Grey)

  

There are two handle designs and eight handle finishes. You can choose a straight handle design or curved. Handle finishes are:

 

  • Aged Bronze

  • Antique Brass

  • Brass

  • Brown

  • Brushed Nickel

  • Matte Black

  • Sandstone

  • White

  

For the glass in the door, you can select from regular glass or low-e glass. Low-e glass lets light through but prevents heat from passing through the door. It is an energy efficient choice that prevents heat from escaping the home in winter and keep heat out in the summer. It does this by blocking the ultraviolet rays the generate heat. An invisible coating on the glass transmits short wave energy like light, but reflects the long wave energy that includes heat.

 

Pre-made doors are available in three widths: 32 inches, 34 inches, or 36 inches. If you need a custom width, those are an option between sizes of 30 – 40 inches. The standard door height fits openings of 80-81 inches, but customized door heights can be between 70 – 97 inches. A French Door Conversion Kit can be purchased as an add-on.

 

Features

 This door’s special features include:

 

  • Retractable Screen Away® Combining the protection of a storm door with the appeal of a screen door, the Screen Away® design gives you the best of both. The screen rolls up discreetly and is not visible when not being used.

  • Extreme Weather Protection: Overlapping Edge This feature creates a strong seal between the door and frame, sealing out harsh weather and drafts.

  • Energy Efficient Low-E Glass Optional Low-E glass reduces home energy costs and makes your house more comfortable. The UV light protection also prevents furnishings from fading.

  • Hold-Open Closer Two adjustable closers, one at the top of the door and one at the bottom, control the speed of the door closing. The bottom one can be used to hold the door open with just a touch of your foot.

  • Deadbolt Lock This door features a built in deadbolt lock for extra security. The deadbolt is built into the door for a sleek look.

 

Care and Maintenance

While this door was designed to be low maintenance, all doors require a minimal amount of care. With very little effort, you can keep this door as beautiful as the day it was installed.

 

  • Glass Use a mild detergent mixed with warm water or household glass cleaner and a paper towel or soft cloth to wash the glass part of the door.

  • Aluminum Door Finish To keep the door’s finish on the aluminum frame looking like new, a non-abrasive paste wax may be applied. Follow the product’s directions.

  • Hinges and Hardware Occasional lubrication with a silicone spray lubricant is recommended. Use as needed.

  • Brass Locksets and Deadbolts Wash with warm water mixed with mild detergent, using a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners or cloths because they can damage the protective finish.

 

 

Warranty

Larson offers a limited lifetime warranty that covers only manufacturer’s defects of the door frame and hinges. These defects can be in paint adhesion, materials or workmanship. The retractable screen has a five year warranty to be free from defects in manufacturing, materials and workmanship. Other components, like the hardware, screen frame, closers, window sash, and retainer strips carry a one year warranty. All warranties date from the day purchased.

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pros 

  • Your door can be customized with many colors and finishes to choose from.

  • It can be used as a screen door when you want one, and as a secure outer door all other times.

  • This model features maximum energy efficiency.

  • Limited lifetime warranty covers any manufacturer defects of door frame and hinges.

 

 

Cons

  • Some have reported issues with the screen buckling or interfering with the closure of the main door.

  • Water can collect on the lower screen handle if exposed to rain.

 

 

Summary

The Larson Tradewinds Storm Door allows maximum light to come through with minimal heat exchange. A versatile choice, the retractable screen converts it into a screen door and back again. The handle set and deadbolt lock provide additional protection for the front entry. Its color and finish options mean that it will complement any exterior décor, making it a good all-around choice for homeowners looking for style, energy efficiency and security.

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