The decision to replace old windows versus storm windows is a subject of a long debate between homeowners and contractors. There are many factors to consider, and each situation is unique. If you notice hot or cold spots on a window, chances are the window has become inefficient and it’s time to replace it.
Storm windows are windows that are installed inside or outside of the primary window. They provide extra wind protection, weather insulation and help to normalize the temperature inside your home. Storm windows can be custom ordered to fit over the primary window at a fraction of the cost of replacement windows.
Storm windows are usually cheaper but can be less energy efficient than replacement windows. Over time, old storm windows can lose their energy efficiency. But storm windows do significantly reduce airflow, providing better insulation and allowing you to maintain the your home’s aesthetic appearance. They are also easy to install by yourself or with the help of a professional. Most of all, installing storm windows helps to keep the window warmer and protects the primary window’s insulation.
Did you notice higher cooling costs over the summer? A cold draft coming from your window as the cooler nights arrived? This could be a signal to replace your storm windows. Do you have frost buildup on the inside of any windows? This means cold air is leaking in and causing condensation on your window. It also means your storm windows may need to be replaced. Inspect the paint surrounding your windows – if you see peeling paint then air is getting in and causing the exterior frames to expand and contract.
If your home is older than 15 years, it’s likely that your storm windows need to be replaced. Investing in a quality storm window now will save you money in the long run by reducing your energy costs – it’s also a smart and cost-effective option versus purchasing and installing all-new windows. If you need help determining if your storm windows need replacing, consult a window professional.