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Posted on Sep 27, 2018 by Sam Heer

3 Tips to Make Your Exterior Doors Storm-Ready

The first step to weatherproofing your home is storm-proofing your exterior doors. Considering that Central Illinois gets precipitation all year round, it’s sensible to explore every avenue to protect your doors from the elements. After all, inclement weather can be damaging on many levels.

To make your entry and patio door systems storm-ready, use these tips from Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois:

Invest in Storm Doors

Exterior doors are some of your home’s top protectors against nature. And nothing can protect them better than other doors. The addition of high-quality storm door systems may seem like an afterthought, but they’re a necessary expense.

ProVia storm doors reinforce weather protection, but their full set of advantages goes beyond that. They also contribute to energy efficiency, serving as extra insulating layers to reduce heat transfer. Also, they keep bugs and intruders at bay, fortifying them against unwanted guests.

Put a Premium on Weather Stripping

As operating units, patio and entry doors can never be water- and airtight without well-designed weather strips. These components are relatively prone to damage, which is why it’s imperative to choose a manufacturer that provides excellent weather stripping guarantee.

At Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois, our weatherstrips come with an industry-leading 10-year warranty. Under normal circumstances, expect our products to remain draft-free when closed for many years.

Don’t Skimp on Hardware

The strength of your exterior door system is only as good as its weakest hardware. This is particularly true when it comes to swinging units that rely on hinges to support their weight. More than just aesthetics, pay attention to the construction and finish of door hardware to ensure durability and longevity.

When it comes to patio doors, our Estate™ Collection of hardware is your safest bet. It’s forged (not stamped) from solid brass to withstand the effects of the weather and everyday use. Estate Collection brass, nickel, and chrome hardware finishes have a special coating, increasing their tarnish and corrosion resistance.

Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois to receive expert guidance on exterior door design for maximum weather protection. Give us a ring today to schedule your FREE consultation in Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign or any nearby town.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

Eric L.

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