If replacing your windows is not financially feasible at the moment, as an alternative you might consider installing storm windows for added insulation and protection from harsh weather conditions. Let’s quickly learn about the different types of storm windows to help you choose the best one for your needs.
Storm windows can be installed either inside or outside your house. They come in glass or plastic types, and there is also a disposable type.
- Interior – These storm windows, which are installed inside the house, are preferred by many homeowners because they are easier to install and maintain and they are cheaper. They are also tightly sealed, making them energy efficient.
- Exterior – Exterior storm windows are, on the other hand, mounted outside the house. They are more difficult to install and maintain. They include a drainage hole so moisture can escape, thus they are less energy-efficient compared to interior storm windows. Exterior storm windows are also more expensive since they have to be made of more resilient materials due to their exposure to the elements.
- Glass – Glass storm windows offer better visibility and versatility but are heavier and more expensive than plastic storm windows.
- Plastic – Plastic storm windows scratch easily and offer less visibility, but they insulate better, are lighter, and are less expensive than glass.
- Disposable – Disposable storm windows are basically plastic or vinyl sheets applied to primary windows. As the name suggests, they have to be replaced often since they are prone to sun damage.