How to Install an Aluminum Storm Window

These aluminum storm windows were tough enough to keep the cold outAn aluminum storm window is a standard type of window in use in current house designs. They mostly appear as mountings on the glass or metal windows. Because they provide extra security, you may be thinking of installing a storm window to your house.

Storm windows can also save you money as they appear as additions on your old window frame. Their primary objective is to increase spaces that can be opened either to improve security and the amount of air coming into the room through the window or to conserve heat in the chamber.

Many of the metal storm windows are flexible and can be installed from the outside of the window or on the inner sides. Sadly, storm windows being what their purpose is to serve more as replacement windows in many house upgrade settings.

Apart from making your window last longer, these windows are equally easy to install as well. Installation of such windows is a straight forward affair that does not take long even for those not endowed in carpentry.

While there is so much good about them, many carpenters and home owners do not know how to install them. There are few ways to install this type of window on your house. Let’s look at some of the steps during storm window installation.Window repair from hail storm

  1. Identify and measure the point of installation

The style and other preferences may change with the installation point. It may be that you want to install the metal storm window on the inside or the outside of your existing window.  Interior storm window installation improves the house looks from the inside while the outside window facilities give the home a visible new look from the outer.

Choosing where to install it, therefore, depends on your objective whether you want to get all the benefits and increase the aesthetics or the job may account for your consumption. In the end, you may need to take the step of measuring the area of installation.

There are dimensions involved to allow the window fit perfect. Take the height measurements by placing your tape at the center then move and measure the height to the opposing corners of the window. Take the width measurements following the same procedure by placing the measure at the center and moving it to the other two ends.

Most of the home owners fail to notice that window dimensions are better on the lower sides than when they are on, the higher. Even if the measure is less by a few inches, fitting it will be easier than when it’s large.

  1. Point of installation

There are so many considerations that you will need to make while choosing where to install such a window. If you are doing an interior storm window, the job may be pretty simple. It is not the same when you are doing an exterior installation.

In such a case, you need to consider how many tracks of window styles you need to involve. Two track window styles require a lot of work, unlike single track window installations. Many of the metal storm window frames come in aluminum and require that you have the drilling tools to fit.

  1. Prepare the installation point

Whether yours is an interior or exterior storm window installation, the space needs smoothing for ease of installation. You may sand or wash the area on the old window and apply enough glue on the upper and side edges.

In many storm window installations, the lower part of the sides is left to enable the ventilation of the room. When metal glue, in this case, has taken a few minutes, it’s time to fit your window in place.

  1. Insert the window on the old window sill

This part is tricky if you are doing an exterior installation and you need to take care.  The window will need enough support from the original frame and so ensure that it fits within the area you had measured. Push it to lie correctly on the wall and fasten the flanges to the frame using screws.

If the window in question is custom-made, then your work is cut out as it comes with pre-drilled holes. Such holes allow for ease of fastening. However, you can still fasten by drilling the holes on your own starting from the top and then the sides as had been marked.

  1. Fill the spaces

When you are through with the storm window installation, you may need to get a weather stripping material to fill the little gaps on the sides and the top to make the job look perfect. Doing this also shields your window from regular repair works as it keeps frost out of its joint surface.

Finally, ensure that the window closes and open as expected. If you have any doubts about what you’re doing ask an expert from the National Window Directory by visiting this link: