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A Look At The Pros & Cons Of Exterior Storm Windows

by Clinton Stone

There are a lot of small upgrades that you can make to your home that don't cost a lot of money but yield high advantages, and external storm windows are the perfect example. Mounted on the outside of the house, these simple-framed window units provide an added layer of protection for your home. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of external storm windows. 

Pro: Storm windows are inexpensive and easy to install. 

Storm windows generally cost between $90 and $120 for each window. You may have to pay a bit more to have each window installed. Therefore, these windows are relatively inexpensive compared to the service they provide for your home. Plus, storm windows are not all that difficult to install, especially when they are installed externally on the outside of the house. 

Con: Storm windows may not be a viable option on all window types. 

Most windows are perfectly suitable to cover with a storm window on the outside of the house, but not all types of windows actually are. For example, large bay windows or picture windows do not typically get covered with exterior storm windows because the windows are so large. Yet, if the majority of your home is outfitted with regular windows, it is not going to hurt to get the storm windows for the rest of the house. 

Pro: External storm windows are going to protect the life of your real windows. 

Having the added layer of protection from the outside means that your actual windows will be less likely to sustain damage. For example, if a misguided baseball heads toward the house and lands on a storm window, your regular window is not going to be damaged. Having external storm windows will also protect your regular windows from things like UV rays, wind, and precipitation, so they will last far longer than usual. 

Con: Your external storm windows will have to be cleaned regularly. 

One of the few downsides of external storm windows is the fact that they do have to be cleaned. When you go through the process of cleaning your regular windows, cleaning the storm units will be necessary as well because the external parts of the glass will likely get dirty and dusty.

The positive side of this is the outside of your regular windows will likely not be as soiled as they normally would. For more information, contact a company such as Southern Glass & Mirror.