Especially for those of us who live in the Tampa area, storm windows can be a particularly good addition to your home for a wide range of reasons. However, as is the case with any home improvement that you choose to make – it’s important to go into it with clear eyes and a realistic idea of what the pros and cons of your decision are.
Today, we’re going to talk about just that. Here are some of the pros and cons of storm windows that you should consider before you buy. Let’s jump right in!
First thing you’ll enjoy hearing is that storm windows more or less pay for themselves thanks to their energy efficiency. They provide a tighter seal on your home, meaning you’ll be able to control temperature better – which will certainly take the edge off the monthly utility bill every month. Speaking of efficiency, storm windows are always less expensive than normal windows – costing about a third as much as commercial grade or ‘ordinary’ windows.
And last but certainly not least, there’s the protection. Particularly in extreme weather areas like Florida, storm windows will give you considerably more protection than other windows – especially when it comes to high powered storms, salt and heat.
While storm windows bring a lot to the table, just like with anything, they come with their fair share of challenges as well. The first and most notably being that they can be harder to clean and maintain than normal windows. They’re usually bigger, harder to access and maneuver – meaning maintaining them – or at least making sure they look clean on a consistent basis- can be a bit more of a headache than usual.
The second downside is that storm windows aren’t always aesthetically pleasing although that’s begun to change a little bit more in recent years. Especially when you install them on older homes, there are folks out there who think they can look a little gaudy or at the very least – a little out of place.
The last downside is that storm windows can be expensive to fix and replace. While they break or malfunction at about a 1/10th as much as regular windows – when they do go it can be costly to get the fix. And once you’ve made the decision to go with storm windows, replacing them can be more expensive up front.
Like we said earlier, storm windows are like anything else – you have to know what you’re dealing with. If you’re interested in installing storm windows on your home, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with some guidance. Until then – good luck!