“Why in the world would you buy vinyl replacement windows? Storm windows are just as good, and you don’t have to spend any money!”
That’s the well meaning advice one home owner was given. They came to us to see if it iwas true.
Can storm windows do the job of vinyl replacement windows? Or wood replacement windows? Or fiberglass replacement windows?
Long story short, no. Storm windows were never designed to match the energy efficiency offered by vinyl home replacement windows. They aren’t built the right way: there are no storm windows that feature the triple pane glass, insulating gas and low e coatings that can be found on the best vinyl home replacement windows. That’s not even taking into the account the insulated frames found on quality vinyl replacement windows. Storm windows do not mitigate cold air nor moisture penetration as effectively as vinyl replacement windows do.
Bear in mind that vinyl home replacement windows offer benefits beyond energy efficiency. Generally, vinyl home replacement windows, such as the Alside Excalibur windows, are far more attractive than most storm windows.
Vinyl replacement windows also offer enhanced sound-buffering capabilities, reducing ambient and environmental noise levels. Additionally, their superior construction helps ensure the safety and security of your home: multi-point locking systems keep the bad guys from coming in — and the easy open design means that if there’s a fire, your family can quickly get out. That’s not the case with a storm window, where the only escape option may be to break the window, resulting in razor sharp shards of glass to dodge while you’re trying to flee the flames and smoke!