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Title: How to defeat wind driven rain? Storm door?
Post by: maxpower on February 20, 2017, 07:17:55 PM
Hey All,
So I'm building my own house (http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/share-your-badassity/building-our-own-home-three-months-in). A house that happens to be quite exposed due to the fact that it's built on top of a hill. As such, when we get wind driven rain, our entry doors catch the full brunt of it. They leak every time. I'm at the end of my rope!

I've re-done all the weather stripping, added the little corner pads, caulked like crazy everywhere I could think of, had the rep from the company come out and check it out. All that, and the best I can say is that it's gotten a little better, but they still leak. When the wind blows, the pressure difference causes capillary action on both sides of the threshold. Nothing I do stops it.

So I've been thinking of a storm door. However, as I've been reading about them, many of the sites are cautioning to switch to a screen during the summer months to avoid damaging the main entry door from the excessive head a storm door can trap between the two doors. I get that, but wouldn't that completely defeat the whole reason I put a storm door on in the first place?

What's a guy to do?
Title: Re: How to defeat wind driven rain? Storm door?
Post by: Yonco on February 20, 2017, 09:34:57 PM
I have a storm door that the top half slides down and a screen is exposed. During the winter I have the solid glass up, it helps a lot with any leaking/drafts. In the summer, I crack the very top glass so it can breath and it keeps the heat at a minimum.
Title: Re: How to defeat wind driven rain? Storm door?
Post by: maxpower on February 28, 2017, 06:37:45 PM
Thanks Yonco,
Yeah, I suppose just cracking the top wouldn't let in enough water to be much of an issue. I'll look into that.