When we visited our most favorite B&B this past winter, we noted Sarah's (the owner) quality storm windows - custom made in Michigan by George W. Trapp Co. in Redford. We did not want to replace our house's old windows, but did want to improve upon the old storm windows so we placed an order. Thanks to Steve's awesome measuring skills, they all fit! Amongst our vegetable garden planting and 150+ native plant planting (more on that later), we've been installing storm windows. Yes, it's a bit busy around here...
Nice colorful storms!
We first clean the storms...
and scrape and clean the windows.
Then we screw them in place.
And - voila! A window ready for opening and letting the fresh air in without the cats escaping.
We've currently have 13 of the 24 storm windows installed.
We love the way they look!
If you have older windows with character and are considering replacing them with vinyl or any other kind of replacement window consider this:
1) The This Old House Guys affirm that quality storm windows coupled with original historic windows are just as energy efficient as replacement windows.
2) There is much research illustrating that most heat loss is due to inadequate attic insulation and other major leaks and that replacing windows has a poor return on investment compared with other energy efficiency improvements that are often ignored.
Then do what you want (that's what we did) because it's your house.