Storm windows are an affordable, simple way to increase the efficiency of older, single-pane windows. By adding a storm window to your older single pane window, you can reduce the flow of outside air into your home. It’s almost like patching up a draft.
High-quality storm windows may be all you need to put an end to leaks and at a fraction of the cost of replacement windows. Also, the airspace between the storm window and your existing window can function as an added insulation factor. Some studies say that storm windows can reduce heating and cooling bills up to 30 percent.
The most economical form of a storm window comes in a plastic film that then gets taped to the inside of the window frame. You can usually find these films in prepackaged kits. Other storm windows can function in place, year-round, or can be removed from windows for ventilation during milder weather. They can also be customized to fit any size rectangular window. In fact, some manufacturers promote themselves for being able to fit a variety of geometric shaped windows.
The only major downfall is that although plastic films are easily installed and removed, they are also easily damaged. They may also reduce visibility. It depends on the type of material used. Common storm window materials include:
- Fiber-reinforced polyester
Each one of these plastics can be fastened directly to the window frame or mounted in channels around the frame. This is usually done on the outside of the window. Keep in mind, these more durable materials are also available in kits.
Manufacturers of Storm Windows:
- Allied Window
- Kaufmann Window & Door
- Climate Seal
- Columbia Doors & Windows
- Connecticut Screen Works, Inc.
- Innerglass Window Systems
- Marvin Windows and Doors
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