Storm windows are a type of window that is created from a single paned existing window by simply putting a piece of glass between the inner and outer parts of the existing window.By doing so, the window is transformed to serve as a strong buffer in between the violent weather condition outside and inside the home. This added glass, called the storm window pane, increases the insulation efficiency of the original window of insulation. The outside and inside panes trap the cold and hot air and prevent them from getting inside the home. In the same manner, they prevent the air inside from getting out of through this window. A standard storm window is not custom-fit to the existing window and thus while it limits entry of hot or cold air, it does not serve as a sound proof window and is not noise-free.
Why Choose Storm Windows?
Storm windows are installed to protect the home against the elements and insulate it to make it cooler during summer and warmer during winter. Mounting can be done inside or outside the glass using materials like plastic and glass panels and sheets. The interior type of this window can be easily attached and detached. It serves to minimize air infiltration by sealing tightly the primary window. The exterior kind is installed over the existing window creating dead air and a layer of glass in between the windows. It serves to prevent debris, noise, and draft from the home. Some have weep holes below the frame to catch moisture and drain. Both windows reduce the energy costs by 50% and is thus an economical and wise investment of homeowners.
What Are The Average Costs Of Storm Windows?
Cost, durability and effectiveness of this type of window depend on the materials used to create the window. The least expensive is made of plastic. However, compared to glass, windows made of this material can be easily scratched and does not last long. Those made of laminated glass and polycarbonate plastic is sturdy and more resistant to cuts or breaks. They provide more protection from storm and even intruders.In choosing a good storm window, the criteria should be effectiveness, energy efficiency and comfort. Durability of hardware as well as high qualities of frames is important attributes of these windows.
Storm Window Considerations
The prices vary widely based on a number of factors. These numbers vary based on the installer’s company and any extra features such as different window glass types, not to mention size and material.Installation costs also differ so these numbers are for reference only.
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