Differences Between Storm Windows and Replacement Windows

Have you been considering whether to have storm windows installed, but you’re not sure if you need them? First, it’s important to understand the main difference between storm windows and replacement windows. Storm windows are usually installed on the outside of the currently installed windows. Replacement windows, meanwhile, are what you get when you remove the old window and install a new one. 

Another difference between storm windows and replacement windows is that storm windows provide more insulation, which is not necessarily the case when you are getting a replacement window. With storm windows, you are likely to be able to keep out the cold air and maintain the warmth of your home even when it is cold outside. 

Usually, you might make the decision to have storm windows installed due to a drafty window, while you could get a replacement window for a number of reasons — such as a style upgrade, or to have windows that are easier to operate and clean.   

Benefits of Storm Windows

One important benefit of getting storm windows is that storm windows are much cheaper than replacement windows. You also enjoy the benefit of a much quicker and easier installation when you decide to get storm windows instead of replacing your current windows. Storm windows help keep out outside air so your HVAC unit can maintain the inside temperature you want more easily. This means your HVAC unit is more energy-efficient thanks to storm windows. 

Storm windows provide greater insulation for your home, as well. You get added insulation, due to the fact that air has a more difficult time getting through the opening because of the increased air space between the glass panes. You can even improve the exterior look of your home with storm windows since storm windows come in a variety of different exterior colors. 

Another benefit of getting storm windows is that they lower the amount of outside noise that gets into your home. Perhaps the most obvious benefit you receive by getting storm windows is that they protect your primary windows. Not only will your primary windows remain in better condition thanks to storm windows, but storm windows can safeguard your windows from damage due to lengthy exposure to wind, light, and dust. 

Materials and Installation of Storm Windows

One common material that is used in the creation of storm windows is vinyl. Another commonly used material when building a storm window is fiberglass, which is often used to build storm windows simply because it is a sturdy material and will protect your primary windows well. A third material used in building storm windows is composite wood.

Storm windows are installed outside your primary windows, and installation generally follows this pattern: Butyl or elastomeric caulk is applied where the storm window will go. The storm window is installed before the caulk can dry, and the installer makes sure to center the storm window. The next step in installing a storm window is ensuring that the fins on the storm window go over the window casing equally, and then the installer will attach the storm window’s fins to the window casing. 

Should You Get Storm Windows?

If you are looking to fix some problems with your windows while not spending the maximum amount of money, storm windows are a good choice. You also might prefer to purchase storm windows if you want to keep the existing windows of your home. Storm windows are a low-cost solution to the problems that come with having an older home with drafty windows.

For expert storm window installation in the Memphis area, contact American Window & Door today and we’ll give you a free estimate!