Most often we think of storm windows as those heavy panes of glass that are either installed on the inside of existing windows or on the outside. They are two layers of вЂglassвЂ™ but in recent years the traditional glass windows have been more and more often replaced with lower cost plastic, plexiglass or vinyl windows. Some of the newer homes, in fact most of the homes built in recent years come with them installed at time of purchase. But, for those of us who have older homes, we are forced to install our own storm windows. That being the case, we have a major decision to make. Glass windows are stronger and heavier, but they are also more expensive. Also, glass windows are much more scratch resistant whereas plexiglass, plastic and vinyl tend to scratch easier. The up side to that is that they are also more economical and easier to work with if you are installing them yourself because they are lighter weight.
When you are thinking of installing vinyl storm windows in your home, the best thing to do is contact a local supplier to get prices and quotes on any materials you will need for the installation. It is suggested that you contact at least 2 or 3 suppliers to get an assortment of quotes so that you can go with the offer that is most suited to your budget. Sometimes those suppliers can also provide you with a list of construction companies or handymen that could assist you with the installation for reasonable rates. While we all have good intentions of doing it ourselves, sometimes those projects just donвЂ™t get completed. Yes, vinyl is lighter weight and easier to work with, but it is still a major undertaking for someone with little experience in window installation.