The Cost Of Replacement Storm WindowsThe Cost Of Replacement Storm Windows

Storm windows come in a variety of styles and colors to match most home applications. Triple track, combination windows and screen storm windows are designed for installation over double hung windows.

Style variations include sliding window, double-hung, half-screen, and full-screen and picture windows. Finishes include mill-finished aluminum, white, brown, and almond.

They are permanently installed and can be opened any time with a screen slid into place for ventilation.

Measure your existing window to determine the size of storm windows to order. First, measure the width of the inside of your window jamb at the top, middle and bottom. Then measure the height at the right, Center and left sides.

Double track combination units are also available and they cost less. Both kinds are sold almost everywhere, and can be bought with or without the cost of installation.

Most suppliers will order to the closest 1/8", so give exact measurements when ordering. It's better to be a little too small than too big when ordering storm windows. You can save a few dollars 15% to 20% of the purchase price by installing storm windows yourself.

Once your storm windows have arrived, test-fit them to make sure they're the right size. But you'll need some tools: caulking gun, drill, and screwdriver. In most cases it will be easier to have the supplier install your storm windows for you, although it will cost more.

Apply a thin bead of caulk to the outer edges of the window stop at the top and sides. Distribute the caulk as evenly as possible. Do not caulk the bottom of the storm window. You'll want to allow room for rain and moisture to run off the sill. It will take anywhere from several days to a few weeks to make up your order before the supplier returns to install them.

Insert the storm window into the opening. Make sure to center the window between the side stops. It's best to set the window tight against the sill so that the window has ample support. Installation should take less than one day, depending on how many windows are involved.

Two very important items should be checked to make sure the installation is properly done. Most windows are predrilled. If this is not the case, drill holes 12" apart and centered over the window stops. Make sure that both the window sashes and screen sash move smoothly and seal tightly when closed after installation.

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