So you live in a house built during the Industrial Revolution that still has its original windows, say a Queen Anne sash with a central piece of glass bordered by small panes of glass. Or better yet, an upper sash with a diagonal grid of muntins. That’s a house that still has its soul and character but if it’s drafty and cold, it sure is hard to enjoy that soul and character! If the house doesn’t already have them, storm windows are the answer. Since the 19th century, storm windows have been a traditional approach to helping homes hold heat. And as urban environments have become more dense and noisy, they’ve been used to dampen sound as well. But not all storms are the same. Exterior storms can obscure the character and charm of original windows and they can also be hard to put on and take off each winter. Interior storms, on the other hand, are easier to install and remove but often come with a permanent track or magnetic system that damages the existing wood window frame. Indow’s CEO Sam Pardue will be speaking at the upcoming Traditional Building Conference’s third annual Windows Conference in Boston (epicenter of historic windows) April 28-29 about best practices for preserving historic windows while creating energy efficiency and comfort.
Sam invented Indow interior window inserts for his 1906 Craftsman bungalow, which has beautiful old windows. He didn’t want to damage the existing window frame so he edged each insert in a patented Compression Tube that just presses into the interior of a window frame. They are truly a best friend to the historic preservationist worried about keeping that character and soul intact.
As an aside, if you’re thinking about renovating or adding to a vintage house, we have a great book to recommend: The Vintage House: A Guide to Successful Renovations and Additions by Gordon Bock and Mark Alan Hewitt.