Decided to get storm windows for your home? Congratulations! You have made a very wise choice. To help you get started, here are some installation considerations for you to keep in mind:
Interior or Exterior?
As we previously talked about, there are two kinds of storm windows: one is installed internally and the other on the outside. To decide between the two, consider the kind of visual impact they will provide your home. Do you want your primary windows to be in full view or are you fine with letting them be obscured a bit? If you have beautiful windows and feel it would be a shame to cover them up, then interior storm windows might be more up your alley.
Don’t forget to factor in what you need, keeping in mind that interior storm windows are best for improving insulation while exterior windows provided added physical protection from the elements, thanks to their respective one- and two- and three-track designs.
What Frame Material Should You Choose?
Some of the most popular material options for storm windows include aluminum, vinyl and wood. Aluminum frames are easy to maintain and very durable while vinyl is more affordable but less sturdy. Wood, on the other hand, offers the most visual appeal but requires high maintenance.
Glass or Plastic Panels?
Glass panes provide better visibility and last longer, but they can be fragile and heavy. Opting for tempered glass, however, may take care of the fragility issue. Plastic panes, on the other hand, are easier to install but can be more prone to getting damaged. There are tougher plastic panels that are lighter and more durable than glass like acrylic thermoplastic, but these can be easily scratched. Some plastic panels also have a tendency to turn yellow over a period of time.
Take into consideration these points based on which ones will address your needs the most. Don’t hesitate to talk to your local contractor if you have questions or concerns! Getting storm windows may be cheaper than replacing your primary windows but it is still an investment so it’s important to find the right ones for you and your home.