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Storm Window Alternative for Historic Homes

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Storm Window Alternative for Historic Homes

craftsman with historic storm windows

Indow window inserts are an attractive, easy-to-use storm window alternative. Original windows are important to the architectural character of historic buildings. Unfortunately, they’re also a top source of energy loss. The drafts can make you feel uncomfortable, but also drive up energy costs.  While exterior storm windows provide some energy efficiency benefits, they’re difficult to use and often unsightly.  Indow window inserts are an alternative to exterior storms.

diagram of historic storm windows being installed

The Problem with Replacing Your Historic Windows

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency put together a great report (accessible here) on the many issues that come up when considering window replacement. It outlines the harm that can come to a historic home if the owner replaces the windows instead of restoring them or finding another solution.

Why you should use historic storm windows:

  • Sustainability: Tearing out old windows and putting them into landfills is harmful to the environment.
  • Aesthetics: New windows cannot mimic the look of historic windows because they can’t find the same materials like old-growth wood.
  • Maintenance: Many new window materials (vinyl, fiberglass, sealants, etc) are difficult or impossible to recycle at the end of their life cycle.
  • Cost: High quality replacement units can cost three times as much as restoring the original windows.

Historic storm windows are one solution to avoid doing a full replacement. Unfortunately, many storm windows require installing a track system on the window frame. This not only alters the frame, but isn’t aesthetically pleasing.

The Storm Window Alternative

Indow Windows are an alternative to storm windows, and they are laser tailored to each window frame to ensure a perfect fit – even in those out-of-square windows. The simple and elegant design makes them hardly noticeable once installed. Unlike other storm windows, Indow windows fit without any modifications to the window frame, and are held in place with our patented spring bulb tubing around the outer edge.

If your historic home needs an alternative to replacements or clunky storm windows, contact us today!

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By |2019-06-21T18:58:23+00:00February 23rd, 2013|Energy Efficiency Advice|2 Comments

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  1. Ashley Maxwell August 26, 2017 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Thanks for your comment about how storm windows save energy. I didn’t know that they must be installed using a track system. My husband and I are considering switching to storm windows because they are good to use instead of fully replacing them like you said.

    • carrie August 30, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Ashley! Yes, many exterior storms do require a track system to hold the storm in place. The good news about the interior window inserts we make is that they don’t need a track system and are edged in a compression tube made of silicone. They fit snugly into the interior of existing window frames to provide comfort and energy efficiency. Please let us know if we can answer any questions you may have!

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