Alternative to 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 historic storm windows provide some energy efficiency benefits, they’re difficult to use and often unsightly. Indow window inserts are an alternative to exterior storms.
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!