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Ins and Outs of Storm Window Frames

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Ins and Outs of Storm Window Frames

The best way to keep your home warm in the window and cool in the summer is by installing energy-efficient windows. Because this can be an expensive proposition, the next best solution is to install storm windows. Storm windows can drastically improve the energy efficiency of your home – especially if you have an older home.


The U.S. Department of Energy has an informative webpage with extensive information about storm windows. By learning about the different types of storm windows available and the installation process of each type, you can choose the storm windows that fit your needs and budget.


With a firm understanding of the ins and outs of storm window frames, installing and using storm windows on your home should be a simple process.

  1. With storm windows in place, your furnace and air conditioner will not need to work as hard or as long to keep your home comfortable.

    1.Benefits of Storm Windows

    By installing storm windows on your home, you will receive several different benefits. Various benefits include:


    • Insulation – The additional barrier over the window opening provides additional insulation to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

    • Energy Efficiency – With storm windows in place, your furnace and air conditioner will not need to work as hard or as long to keep your home comfortable.

    • Noise Reduction – The additional window layer reduces noise from the outside such as traffic, dogs and neighbors.

    • Appearance – Storm window frames come in a variety of finishes to complement any home exterior.

  2. 2.Window Styles

    The storm window style you select depends on the window style on your home. Storm window styles include:


    • Two-Track – This storm window features an outer track with a half screen on the bottom and an outer glass pane on the top. The screen and glass pane do not move up and down. The inner track features an inner glass pane that goes up to allow air circulation through the window.

    • Triple-Track – This storm window features two glass panes and a half screen – everything on its own track for movement and adjustment. You can position both glass panes at the bottom and the screen at the top for air circulation.

    • Two-Track Slider – This storm window operates similarly to the standard two-track storm window, except the windows move horizontally and not vertically.

    • Picture – This storm window features a single pane that resembles a picture window. Thumb latches hold the pane in place to enable you to remove it from the outside when necessary.

  3. 3.Storm Window Frames

    As you chooses the frames for storm windows, pay attention to features and colors to make sure they coordinate with the exterior of your home. Many manufacturers make frames in colors such as aluminum, white, brown and almond.


    Frame styles include standard universal sashes, frames with additional adhesive for an airtight seal and wider frames that wrap around the storm window.

  5. 4.Installation

    An accurate fit for storm windows is extremely important, so measure carefully. Windows may seem to be the same size, but they can vary by an inch or two, so measure every window before purchasing storm windows. After installation, check each storm window to make sure they are aligned correctly for an airtight seal.


    With a careful selection and installation process, your new storm windows should add decor, warmth and energy efficiency to your home.

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