Storm Windows Preserve the Vintage Aesthetic of Historic Homes

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Storm windows are recommended by preservationists as an affordable and effective way to enhance the thermal performance of original, single-pane windows while upholding the essence of the period architecture.

Residents and owners of historic homes and buildings feel a sense of reverence in preserving the period architecture and charming aesthetic of these structures. These landmark buildings evoke nostalgia and pride in neighborhoods and quaint downtown districts. When repairs or maintenance are needed, caretakers must balance the necessity of ensuring the functionality of the structure with protecting its antique character.

For this reason, storm windows are recommended by preservationists as an affordable and effective way to enhance the thermal performance of original, single-pane windows while upholding the essence of the period architecture. Storm windows installed over primary windows create a dead air space that blocks energy transfer, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. They protect primary windows from the deteriorating effects of precipitation and wind, reduce air infiltration, reflect solar heat, and minimize outside noise.

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Storm windows allow a homeowner to keep their authentic, functioning windows while providing a weather barrier at a very reasonable cost, and allow the owner to retain preservation tax credits for maintaining the historic integrity of the structure.

Exterior storm windows manufactured with aluminum frames, mitered or butted corner construction, wrap-around marine glazing, full perimeter weatherstripping and a stabilizing bar perform exceptionally well at protecting original windows. Aluminum storm windows help protect against condensation—moisture will condense on the glass of the storm window rather than collecting on wooden sashes. Weep holes on the aluminum frames allow for drainage of moisture.

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Today’s storm windows are available with a low-e glass coating that can decrease the transference of heat.

Today’s storm windows are available with a low-e glass coating that can decrease the transference of heat. A low-e coated glass storm window has an emissivity level of 0.16 or lower, while uncoated glass is approximately 0.84*.

Double-hung styles allow storm windows to be functional with triple- or double-track operation for easy opening, while slider styles open smoothly with stainless-steel housed rollers. ProVia manufactures custom architectural shapes to match the unique configurations of windows hand-crafted decades prior, and the aluminum frames are available in 17 handsome colors, including Rustic Bronze, Forest Green, Sterling Gray, and Tudor Brown.

Professional installation of storm windows is an uncomplicated and efficient procedure. ProVia aluminum windows have an adjustable 1” bottom expander to simplify installation for out-of-square openings.

Download ProVia’s Aluminum Storm Windows brochure for styles, colors, and glass options for beautiful, protective storm windows.

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