How Much Do Storm Windows Cost?
Storm windows are self-contained, fitted windows that are placed over your current windows to provide extra insulation for you home or building. A storm window may seem like something new to you but it is a great way to protect your home against the wind, storm and extreme cold weather. If you want to have extra protection for your home or if you do not like the idea of getting rid of old windows, you might consider installing storm windows for your home.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a storm window may vary greatly depending on the circumstances. For example, the size, installation, quality, material, specifications, and labor may affect the cost. On average, plan on spending around $15 to as much as $150 per storm window. A small basement window can cost less than $25 while a window that measure 32″ x 55″ can retail for $75 to $115.
- As for professional installation, plan on spending around $75 to $175 per storm window with installation combined.
- Menards.com has a handful of storm windows for sale. Here, the average window can cost anywhere from $49 to $89.
- On the other hand, according to doityourself.com, temporary storm windows are cheaper than permanent storm windows. This is because they do not require much equipment to fit them properly. A permanent storm window would require a professional to install them. Plastic is the cheapest material you can use for the interior of a storm window. A do-it-yourself plastic storm window costs around $60.
What is going to be included?
- Storm windows may be temporary or permanent. The cost of permanent windows usually includes the cost of labor, installation, sashes, and screens.
- Storm windows are available for all types of windows such as exterior or interior mount models, which means that you can install them either on the inside or outside of the primary window unit.
- A storm window also includes various materials, sizes, shapes, colors, and designs. They can be made of plastic panels, plastic sheets, carbon, glass, laminated glass and polycarbonate plastic among many other materials. The last two materials offer greater durability and resistance to breakage but are therefore more expensive. Common materials include wood and aluminum.
- These windows can either open up and down (vertically) or side to side (horizontally). This should be matched to the way that your current windows open.
- Most storm windows purchased at a local hardware store will come with pre-drilled holes for easy installation. The should also come with removable paneling for easy cleaning.
- There are many advantages of having storm windows installed.
- Installing storm windows can significantly decrease your energy monthly bills by allowing less heat and air to be lost to the elements.
- Storm windows have been said to control the temperature of a room more efficiently instead of it rising and falling as the sir or heat turns on and off.
- The way that storm windows are made allow them to block the UV rays that enter through the window. This means that the furniture you have placed near the windows will not fade over time.
- The last advantage, and the reason for the name “storm windows,” is that these windows provide an extra layer of protection against storms and harsh weather. Because they are made from shatter-proof glass or plexiglass, there is a very small chance of them shattering in a storm or for any other reason.
What are the extra costs?
- A standard frame costs around $10 for a single window. Without this, the window will look unfinished.
- Extra costs may also be necessary for the installation of the storm window, particularly a permanent one. This will cover the cost of labor and other related expenses. Want to know how much your exact project will cost? Consider using free tools such as HomeAdvisor.com. They can not only provide you with an estimate, but they can also give you the information of contractors in your area. Some of the contractors may even be rated so that you have an idea of their experience and quality before you hire them.
Tips to know
- Before getting a storm window for your home, compare the prices first from various stores or online. This will greatly help you determine how much budget to prepare and decide on the material and specifications that would best suit your needs.
- Storm windows can actually be a fairly easy do it yourself project. There is a nice step-by-step guide to installing your own storm windows at howstuffworks.com.
How can I save money?
- You can save money by installing a storm window (a temporary storm window for instance) instead of hiring a professional to do the job for you. Even if you do not have experience installing windows, the job is not as hard as you think. Most professionals can install one within 10 minutes.
- Watch for promos and discounts when you buy a storm window for your home. This will give you more savings. The more windows you purchase at once, the more you are going to be able to save per window and installation.