When windows start to fail, most people start automatically thinking about getting replacements. They aren’t necessarily wrong because failing windows do have to be replaced eventually but replacements are not the only solution to the problem, most especially when your windows are not beyond being remedied. The other solution? Storm windows.
What are they?
Think of them as windows over windows. Storm windows are window units mounted on the exterior or interior side of primary windows. However, they can’t replace windows. Instead, storm windows complement normal windows, helping not just to boost protection against harsh weather but improve insulation as well. If a primary window swings outward, like in the case of casement and awning windows, then Interior storm windows are installed. Otherwise, the exterior option is taken advantaged of.
Interior vs. Exterior Storm Windows
Interior storm windows only have one-track designs while exterior ones come in two- or three-track options. As interior storm windows are located on the inner side of a primary window, they are designed to insulate more versus offering added weather protection.
A two-track exterior storm window is usually fitted with glass for one track and a screen for the other, commonly used for double hung windows. As the storm window is designed similar to a double hung, it also operates like one, allowing air to be let in when the weather permits. A three-track exterior storm window, on the other hand, has sashes that can be moved independently of each other. Each windowpane and half-screen are placed in separate tracks so they can be moved in whatever configuration desired to meet ventilation needs.
Whether you choose interior or exterior storm windows, a variety of material options will be available to you depending on the manufacturer you pick, from plastic panels to aluminum frames, from low-E to tempered glass. As they protect your windows, however, it would be crucial to choose the sturdiest material available to you, ensuring that your storm windows of choice do what they are supposed to.
Want to learn more about storm windows? Head on over to Part 2 of our blog series where we will be discussing what you can get out of getting storm windows.