Summertime is storm season here in the Minneapolis area. And while things like thunderstorms are in the forecast, ‘storm’ brings to mind the importance of storm windows for those who have historic homes. Replacement windows and exterior doors for older and historic homes are specialties of our company, and in this post we’d like to talk about what high-quality storm windows can do if you’ve got one of these homes.
Many of the historic homes in the Twin Cities, as well as other areas like Fairbault, still have their beautiful, original wood windows. They really make a home like this stand out and make a statement all its own. However, they can also waste a lot of energy. Since these windows are gorgeous and were manufactured using a high quality wood, we generally don’t recommend replacing them just go get more energy efficiency.
Fortunately there are ways that you can keep the cool air inside in the summer or the warm air in the winter. Just because those old wood windows aren’t energy efficient doesn’t mean you can’t make them so.
If you can restore those old wood windows, then this is advised. The next step is to protect the outside of your window frames while adding another layer of insulation to reduce wasted heating or cooling energy. The acoustical storm windows we install from Mon-Ray are tailor made just for this purpose.
Benefits of Installing Storm Windows on Historic Homes
Get Energy Efficiency Gains
Old wood windows are usually constructed with one pane of glass. It is true that double paned windows are a better, more energy efficient choice.
However, you shouldn’t be quick to throw out those single pane windows when storm windows are an option. Our storms can be installed either on the inside or outside of your windows, depending on the look you want and desired function. You’ll cut down on energy usage and save even more money by having storm windows put in at a fraction of the cost of replacing your existing windows.
Protect and Preserve Your Historic Windows
When you add storm windows to the outside of your historic windows you’re actually helping to preserve them. When the storms are put on the exterior, you’ll also eliminate frequent repainting, staining, and caulking, making those old windows virtually maintenance free on the outside.
Maintain Your Home’s Historic Character
Mon-Ray storm windows are easy to install. They sit perfectly over the existing windows and preserve that historic charm that comes from the older windows on the home. They can even use the same hardware that the original window is using, making it ideal to have them installed quickly and do their job.
If you’re considering adding storm windows to your older or historic home, contact us here at Window Outfitters, we are THE replacement window company for the Twin Cities and can provide the best selection and installation of the storm windows.