Should I get new storm windows?

Answered by Brendan ~ October 30, 2010 ~ No Comments

I currently have outside storm windows over my inside wood windows. They are falling apart and need to be replaced. Should I get one whole new window or look for just storms? What is the best mid-grade replacement window? My house is not sided and has wooden cedar shakes on the outside. If I put in replacement windows, they will cover the painted trim around the edge of the window that matches the trim on the house and it will be all white. Then there will be no contrast around the window. A storm window will not cover that wood but I'm told storms are old news.

Ginny ~ Keyport, New Jersey

Brendan Fowler

Let me start with your window replacement concerns. Replacement windows can come in a variety of colors and exterior trim details. Therefore you would not have to give up any of the exterior trim details on your home. There are many windows that would fall into the midrange of price, quality and performance. The only way to really suggest a window would be to know which element; price, quality or performance is most important to you. Storm windows are a very good option. A well made and properly installed storm window can achieve the same net effect as replacing the old windows. However, really good storm windows can cost as much as some replacement windows. There is no right or wrong answer here. You will have to weigh the elements of price, aesthetics and functionality to come up with the right solution for your home. Getting a few bids from window and storm window contractors would be a good place to start. They may be able to offer some other option once they see your specific situation. Good luck!

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