Homeowners can replace their old single-pane windows with high performing double-pane windows. Doing so is always a good value for the money spent and will produce great results from the moment they are installed. However, installing storm windows in Palmetto, FL can also provide very good value, and the cost is initially far lower than full replacement.
Storm windows do not replace your existing windows. Instead, they are installed as a secondary window to work in tandem with those windows already in place. They help reduce air movement and heat transfer between the external and internal environment. These reductions improve comfort and bring down the energy costs to cool your home under the hot Florida sun.
Benefits of Low-E Glass
In warmer climates like ours, low-E storm windows provide more energy efficiency and savings than cooler climates. Our storm windows can be optionally installed with a low-E glass coating, which will lower the emissivity of the glass. Lower emissivity significantly reduces heat transmission through the window. For example, glass without a coat of low-E has an emissivity of about 0.84. Low-E coated glass, on the other hand, has an emissivity of about 0.16.
This measured reduction means the hot exterior temperatures cannot pass through the glass to the interior of your home. At the same time, on cooler weather days, the internal temperature in your home will not easily dissipate. Low-E coated glass also helps to protect your drapes and carpets from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.
Advantages of Storm Windows
- As much as 75% less expensive than replacement windows
- Cost breakeven of 5-7 years
- Reduce home air leakage by as much as 10%
- Increase the comfort of the home
- Minimize outside noises
- Save energy and lower utility bills
- Radiant heat reduction
Exterior versus Interior Storm Windows
Almost all primary windows can be fitted with a storm window, either inside or outside. There are pros and cons to both types, so you’ll need to weigh them out before you decide which is best for you. If you need a little guidance deciding which storm windows in Palmetto, FL will meet your needs, our specialists here at Armored Dade Windows & Shutters are available and happy to help you.
Interior storm windows are more convenient than their exterior counterparts simply because of access. Generally speaking, they are easier to install and detach. They also don’t need as much regular upkeep since they are not outside under the stress of sun and weather. Interior storm windows also tend to be better at reducing air leakage because they can be more effectively sealed to the primary window.
Exterior storm windows protect your primary windows by adding an additional barrier against winds. They also provide all the benefits listed in the advantage section above. Exterior storm windows are not the same as hurricane windows, although they can be somewhat strengthened to provide better protection against more intense weather occurrences.
However, if you can afford to install external storms windows that are hurricane hardened, we suggest you consider installing a replacement window altogether. The cost is comparable, but they are more energy efficient than storm windows, are more aesthetically pleasing, and can be upgraded with impact glass to meet hurricane standards.
Storm windows can be manufactured using a variety of materials. Everything from cheap, disposable plastic sheeting or adhesive films meant for one season to full glass and frame options complete with a low-E coating designed for several years use.
Glazing for storm windows varies quite a bit. Depending on your budget and your needs, you can install high-quality glass panes with high visibility or less expensive plexi-glass or plastic. Glass provides better visibility and lasts much longer but is weighty and breakable. Plastics are tougher than glass, but will scratch and may yellow and age in the sun.
We offer storm window frames made from aluminum or vinyl. Aluminum is lightweight, strong, and does not require much maintenance, but it conducts heat quickly and does not insulate well. Vinyl is also strong and light, and requires almost no maintenance, but is subject to sun warp and fading.
Free Consultation for Storm Windows in Palmetto, FL
Since 2005, our pro team here at Armored Dade Windows & Shutters has been helping our community with all of their window needs. From energy efficiency to hurricane ready, our team can help you think through the details. You can schedule an appointment with one of our specialists to come to your home for a no cost, no obligation consultation. It’s a chance for you to interview us and evaluate whether or not we can help you. We’re confident we can!
If you are looking for storm windows in Palmetto, FL, give us a call. You will get your questions answered. If after our discussion you determine there are better window solutions, we can help you explore those options as well. Either way, we want the best for our friends and neighbors in the community. Call us anytime during business hours at (941) 798-9010. Or, visit us at our showroom at 8112 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210. We’re here to help.