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.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered various parts of understanding how to choose windows for your custom home. Minimizing the cost of cooling and heating is a huge part of the decision for energy-conscious home owners. For existing older homes, home owners are usually faced with the decision of keeping and repairing the current windows in your home or replacing them with new windows.
One of the first steps in deciding whether or not to replace your windows is to do the math to figure out the cost-effectiveness of new windows. This process is not difficult, you can run a home energy audit. This can be a DIY project or you can hire a professional to assist you. Either way, this will identify where the major energy-loss areas are located. This audit will help determine if you need to replace all of your windows or simply reapply the weatherstrips or replace some caulk.
Historical or older homes, where the original windows must or should be kept as an essential part of the character of your home, may just need the addition of a storm window that will protect the original window and elevate the energy performance to that of a modern window. A storm window is window is that is typically installed on the exterior of the primary house windows (they are also sometimes installed on the interior), they are installed for weather protection of the original window, and normalizing interior temperatures. They can be custom made to your particular window needs
If you believe that your house’s windows should be completely replaced instead of renovated (it’s a good idea to get a second or third opinion about this), you can still keep with the character of the house and win with substantial energy savings while you’re at it. Another advantage of replacing older windows with new windows is the improvement of durability as well as having a warranty.
Questions to Consider:
- Is this a DIY project? Storm windows are relatively simple to install, replacement windows are trickier and you should gauge your skill level carefully.
- How old are your windows? Windows that are 30 years old should generally be replaced UNLESS they add historical value to your home. Keeping the esthetics of a historical home is very important.
- What is your budget? Replacing windows can be very costly while adding storm windows is relatively inexpensive.