Storm windows have been around for quite some time. Traditionally, storm windows were either wood-framed windows that were installed over the existing window to protect the underlying wood window, or were bulky aluminum triple-track structures that were installed on the exterior of existing windows. While not necessarily attractive, they performed a function.
Advancements in window technology led to the modern double-pane replacement window, which became a preferred option to the old style storm window. But for many homeowners who appreciate the architectural beauty of a building’s original windows, the option of installing a vinyl replacement window that will need to be replaced in another 15 years just isn’t a good option. They are not architecturally appropriate for many homes, and are certainly not a good investment when you consider the lifespan.
Low-e Storm window technology combines the advancements of state-of-the-art replacement windows into improved design storm window systems. The result: A homeowner can add an interior or exterior low-e storm window to achieve the same performance in terms of energy savings and comfort that would be achieved with a new replacement window. But in this case, they keep their original windows. This is almost always a much smarter investment than replacement, because a low-e storm window has a substantially longer life span than a replacement window.
Some manufacturers offer architectural low-e storm windows, which combines the functional performance of low-e storm windows with the design features that make these products a sure bet for historic properties, or estate properties where replacing the buildings original windows with plastic replacements just will not fly.
Want to learn more:
- Do I need replacement windows?
- Department of Energy -- Low-e Storm Windows.
- More information -- All about Low-e Storm Windows.