In general, older windows are less energy-efficient and durable than newer ones. Replacing your old ones with newer ones is one way of increasing your home’s energy-efficiency. But a more cost-effective option would be to install storm windows on top of your existing ones.
The window replacement experts at Better View Windows and More elaborates further below.
A Bit of a Misnomer
Contrary to what the name suggests, storm windows have nothing to do with storms. Rather, they’re a budget-friendly add-on to less energy-efficient single-pane windows.
The Pros and Cons
Increased energy-efficiency would translate to lower heating and cooling costs. But there are a few other benefits as well. Storm windows also act as a barrier against the elements, protecting the sealing around your window against moisture and reducing drafts.
However, one major drawback is increased window maintenance. Depending on the storm window’s material, dirt, dust and moisture can easily get stuck between the storm window and the actual window. Left unattended, these three can cause serious damage.
Luckily, there’s a window material that’s nearly maintenance-free: aluminum. If you’re considering installing aluminum storm windows, we recommend taking a look at ProVia’s® premium line of storm windows. ProVia storm windows have features that make them easier to clean. We’ve listed some of ProVia’s most popular storm window options below.
Town and Country – Double Hung Windows
ProVia’s Town and Country Double Hung Windows comes with weatherstripping that help keep the cold and heat out. Cleaning the storm windows is also easier thanks to its removable sashes and half-screen.
Concord – Double Hung Windows
Instead of removable sashes, concord double-hung windows have tilt-in sashes. But they’re just as durable and easy-to-clean as the town-and-country windows.
Whether you’re planning to install storm windows or getting replacement windows, only hire certified contractors. This is to minimize the risk of installation errors.
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