When I was a youngster my Dad and I enjoyed many “father-son” activities. Most were fun, like playing catch, fishing, or camping. But some were “character building” undertakings that were more work than play. The worst job was one I called “storm window patrol,” and it happened twice every year.
In the spring Dad and I would spend an entire Saturday crawling up and down ladders to remove the storm windows from the side of our home (spring), only to reverse the process and reinstall them in the fall. I learned plenty of colorful language during “storm window patrol” sessions.
For those who are too young to remember, a storm window was a separate, additional “add on” window that was bolted over an existing window. The purpose was to provide an extra layer of protection against the wind and cold during the winter months. But storm windows were never very effective. Their frames were made of aluminum, which actually conducted cold, and the windows featured a single pane of glass that did little to keep the cold out.
Oh, and if the storm window was more than a year old it was probably jammed and warped, so could not be opened.
Still, despite their limited value, homeowners across New England spent their hard-earned money.
Now storm windows are practically obsolete. Advances in the materials used in manufacturing windows have created windows that are engineering marvels. No more wood or aluminum frames, now windows are made of high-tech vinyl that offers true insulating properties. That single pane of glass is now a glass “sandwich” of two or three panes separated by a layer of inert gas (sounds very space age!) that really does stop the cold from penetrating.
The overall package delivers on the promise of reducing energy transfer, thus keeping a home more comfortable while lowering home heating costs all winter long. With the added benefit of keeping things cooler in the summer. All without the trouble of storm windows.
If you are still relying on storm windows to keep your family comfortable, come join the 21st century! Call Rescom Exteriors toll-free at (866) 410-5884. Or visit our web site at www.iwantnewwindows.com.