Storm windows--are they any use?

Old 07-31-04, 03:10 PM
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Storm windows--are they any use?

I have a c. 1929 brick craftsman bungalow with original windows, never painted on the inside and real beauties. They all have chain pulls, open and shut fine and made of oak. I would hate to get rid of them and install the plastic looking new windows.

My question is this -- is there any value in replacing the old storms? I have to do something, they are falling apart, but I am afraid that maybe storms are of little use in an old house like mine.

Any input would be appreciated.
Old 08-02-04, 03:25 AM
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I understand your reluctance to replace the original windows, but as you know, they are costing you a fortune in utilities. Rather than replacing them with vinyls and losing the wood look, you could replace them with wood framed windows. As a last resort, build storm windows. They won't do nearly as much in reducing your utility bills as low-E glass and good frames would, but at least they would cut down the drafts and make the house FEEL more comfortable.

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