Installing storm windows

Traditional storm windows go on the exterior of your house, and interior storm windows are set up on the inside of your primary windows. Either type will sum up to wind protection and weather insulation to your home. Any storm windows Deerfield can be custom-ordered to fit over your current windows. If your windows are in standard sizes, you might be able to purchase stock storms.

Low emission storm windows have an ultra-thin, nearly invisible layering of metal. The metal reflects heat back to its source, safekeeping your home warmer and saving you energy and money. Similar to all other storm windows, low-E storms make up an insulating air layer between the storm and the existing window, while also minimizing how much outside air can seep in. As an extra benefit, the low-E window coating restricts damage from ultraviolet rays, reducing fading of colors on window treatments, floors, and furniture.

Steps to install a storm windows Deerfield:

  1. Measure the size of the window
  2. Measure the opening width at three locations top, center, and bottom
  3. Determine the opening height on the right, left, and in the center
  4. If the measurements change, use the smallest of the three when purchasing a new storm window.Both stock and custom sizes come up with local retailers.
  5. Prepare the surface of the window opening
  6. You may require to scrape off some old paint.
  7. Caulk around all the sides and top of the opening before you screw the window into place.
  8. Exterior storm windows are fashioned with holes at the bottom to allow water or condensation to drain so do not caulk the bottom.
  9. Check that the window is square and install following the designer’s instructions. Alternatively, follow these step-by-step guide from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  10. Set up the expander on the bottom of the window so it’s tight against the windowsill.

Important considerations:

  • A good short-term solution are window insulation kits that come with weather-stripping and plastic film that can be maintained with a hair dryer to create a tight seal.
  • Window insulation kits, weather stripping, and Low-E storm windows can be located at your local home improvement store.
  • If you have old windows with cracked glass or rotted frames that need a lot of maintenance and are in total disrepair, replacing them with new high performance windows is probably the good option to go.
  • There are non-energy benefits for replacement of your windows, like improved property value and ease of use, but the cost of new windows will not probably be offset by energy savings alone.

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