Save Energy With Storm Windows
A look at the latest products and how to install them.
Synopsis: Over time, corrosion on aluminum storm windows can make them inoperable. Instead of replacing the existing windows with new insulated units, sometimes it makes sense to replace the storm windows instead. In this article, contractor and FHB editorial adviser Mike Guertin reviews the major types of storm windows, their construction, available options for glass, and their general cost. He also shows how to measure for new storm windows, and the best practice for installing them. Photo: Charles Bickford
A client contacted me about installing replacement double-hung windows because she said the old ones were leaky and difficult to operate. It turned out that the double-hung wood windows on her 1960s ranch were actually in good condition. The problem was with the storm windows, which were aluminum triple-track models that had corroded. Many of the spring-loaded sash locks had frozen up, so the sashes wouldn’t latch in position, and the…