Last week, we discussed some of the differences between replacement windows and storm windows and how to make the choice between them. Today, we’ll continue to talk about replacement windows and storm windows and help you better decide what is the right decision for your home.
Pros of Replacement Windows
- This is a permanent solution to your window problems because with a quality choice comes the assurance that you won’t have to replace your windows in the coming years just because of their age.
- Better climate control, energy efficiency, and insulation.
- Better and more design choices.
- Increases the value of your home
- Outside noise reduction.
- Allows for more light.
Cons of Replacement Windows
- May cause your home’s value to decrease if you have an older or historic home.
- May change the look of your home.
- Must be installed by an expert and takes more time for installation.
- More expensive than storm windows.
Pros of Storm Windows
- Allows for the aesthetic of an older or historic property to remain the same.
- Less expensive than replacement windows.
- Reduces airflow which leads to better insulation.
- Since the installation process is simple they can be installed by yourself or a professional.
- Protects the primary window from outside damage and helps to reduce outside noise.
Cons of Storm Windows
- May be less attractive.
- Should be replaced every 2-4 years.
- Moisture can become trapped on interior window.
- Less light will be able to come through the windows.
- Maintenance once every 12 months is required or oxidation and pitting may occur.
- Cleaning and maintenance may require removal of the storm windows.
- Regular lubrication and cleaning of tracks is required.
- Not as energy efficient as replacement windows.
For those on a budget, storm windows are the easiest and cheapest option, this will effectively solve your air leakage and UV ray problems. That said, if you are not on a tight budget, the best way for energy efficiency improvement is to replace all of your home’s windows with energy efficient windows. The newer technology is of course the best for your home, but for those that don’t have that option (whether due to budget constraints or historical properties) storm windows are a good alternative.