Storm Windows: How to Install
Wilmington NC Storm windows can be installed to improve your home’s energy efficiency, even if it’s not within your budget. How to install aluminum triple track storm windows on the exterior of your Wilmington home:
◉ Choose your window casing style Western window casings include a blind stop that is recessed 5/8 inch (1.6 cm) into the opening. The halt is absent in “Eastern” cases.
◉ Measure the horizontal distance between the inner edges of the window case and the distance between the inside sill and the bottom edge of the outside head casing.
◉ Measure the new storm windows For a Western-style window casing; a storm window should be 1/4 inch (6.3 millimeters) smaller than the opening. The storm window for an “Eastern-style” container should be at least 1 1/4 inches (3-cm) wider and at least 5/8 inches (1.6-cm) taller than its casing measurements.
◉ Weatherproof Use a thick layer of butyl caulk or elastomeric glue where the storm windows will touch the casing. Attach the storm windows before the caulk dries.
◉ Place the storm window On the windowsill, rest the bottom edge of the storm window. Then, square it with the window casing. This is easier for “Western”-style casings. If you are using an “Eastern” style casing, ensure that each fin on the storm window does not overlap the casing. Insert a screw in the top fin.
◉ Attach fins to the casing Begin with the bottom fin. Next, work your way up by driving screws into the corners of the storm windows. Keep the storm windows square and straight.
◉ your work Make sure the sliding storms and screen panes open smoothly.
◉ Make “weep holes” Storm windows must have small holes at their bottom to allow water to seep between the storm window and primary window—[source: US Department of Energy].