From Margaret on February 28th, 2012 in Window Replacement
It’s time for those dramatic spring storms.
Maybe you’ve been living in a tornado-prone area your entire life.
Maybe you’re new to the Texas-termed “frog-stranglers” that darken the sky and throw around neighborhood objects.
Either way, you want to make sure that your windows are safe in the case of overpowering weather.
How to protect yourself from the heavy rain, winds, and hail that may hit your windows? How to know that you’re keeping that strange and wonderful weather outside of your home, where you can enjoy it securely from within?
And, most importantly, how to get fair pricing for those windows?
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For the best types of storm windows, keep reading.
Windows built with steel over 100 years ago are still around and working beautifully today. Steel is classic, versatile, and durable. Metal windows are stronger than nearly any other construction material. The phrase “strong as steel” definitely applies here.
The material is hefty without looking bulky, and can come in a variety of types of windows and even shapes to match any home’s style. Many window brands offer maintenance-free finishes. And you can be sure that this material never rusts, swells, or warps.
Often a cheaper option than steel, vinyl windows can be obtained for less than half of the price of other materials. The installation is significantly less as well. Vinyl has terrific insulation options, so if you’re looking less for the sturdiness of steel and more for insulation from outside elements, be it heat or frost—this may be the option for you.
And yet vinyl frames are known to be excellent for homeowners in coastal areas, where hurricanes abound. Homes in tornado-ridden areas of the country can also benefit from the higher end of vinyl frames with tempered glass for extra protection.
In wet, severe-weather areas, aluminum is a sturdy, safe option. This material protects against driving rains, high winds, and other barrages. Lightweight yet durable, aluminum stands up to rust and corrosion, providing a lasting security at a very affordable price for materials and installation.
Remember also that your actual window glass matters as well. Go with tempered glass, which is a stronger, toughened, energy-efficient window glass. Similarly, laminated glass can help ward off extreme temperatures and provide a more secure glass barrier in stormy weather.