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Storm Windows Costs

Storm windows costs will run $100 to $250 fully installed for a normal window opening. This equates to approximately $20 to $50 per square foot fully installed. Installation costs on storm windows are relatively straightforward and should run $25 to $75 per opening, depending on whether they are installed on the inside or the outside of the home and the overall condition of your frames and sills.

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Storm Window Basics

Storm windows are removable inserts that are installed on either the exterior or interior of an existing window and provide increased insulation, damage protection and soundproofing qualities to an existing window. The frame of a storm window is constructed from either aluminum, vinyl, or real wood. The window itself is almost always a single pane (as opposed to a dual pane) that is sealed within the exterior frame to create a watertight unit. Most storm windows will have one or multiple vents in the frame to allow the storm window unit to "breeze" and not collect excess condensation on the inside of the pane.


Exterior Storm Windows

Typically, exterior storm windows are used to provide additional protection to the existing windows for homes in areas that are prone to severe storms and weather systems. Aesthetically, this protects the visual appeal of the interior of the window (but not necessarily the outside). In addition, they will provide insulating properties that will help the overall energy efficiency of the home.

Exterior storm windows are more complex in their construction - they are typically either two or three tracks. With the 2 track option, the outside track will have a 1/2 glass pane on the top and a 1/2 half-screen at the bottom. The inner track will have a 1/2 glass pane window that cane be lifted or lowered for ventilation. The 3 track storm is similar but allows for more configurations and options.


Interior Storm Windows

Interior storm windows will typically be used for increased soundproofing, insulating purposes or for historical homes that want to preserve the original look of the home from the street. The interior storm is inserted into the window opening and should fit snug so as to be virtually undetectable and blend into the opening more or less seamlessly. Some storm insert manufacturers, such as Indow, use a compression sheathing that allow the inserts to fit more snuggly into the window opening. Interior storms often look more seamless, but must be removed for ventilation purposes.


Vinyl Storm Window Costs

The cheapest and one of the most flexible options is a vinyl storm. Vinyl, as a material, is relatively inexpensive, gets good energy efficiency numbers and requires no maintenance. Consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $20 per square foot for the insert itself. Installation for storm windows is relatively straightforward and should run $25 to $75 per opening, depending on whether they installed on the inside or the outside and the condition of the frames and sills.


Aluminum Storm Window Prices

Aluminum storm windows are by far the strongest option, although they leave something to be desired when it comes to energy efficiency. Aluminum storms will be on average 25% more than the vinyl equivalent and should run $20 to $30 for the insert itself. Installation should run $25 to $75 per opening, depending on whether they installed on the inside or the outside and the condition of the frames and sills.


Wood Storm Windows Costs

Wood storm windows are going to be the most expensive option, but aesthetically they look much better for most consumers (more of an option for interior storms). Wood storm windows will be, on average, $25 to $40 per square foot for the insert itself. Installation for storm windows is relatively straightforward and should run $25 to $75 per opening, depending on whether they installed on the inside or the outside and the condition of the frames and sills. More On Best Hurricane Windows








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