Winter in the South Shore can be cold. January is the coldest month of the year, with average high temperatures barely above freezing and average lows well below. The wind can make it feel even colder – and if your home has leaky, drafty windows, that cold wind can come indoors. Replacement windows are one way to keep cold breezes out, but they’re not always in everyone’s budget. An affordable alternative is high quality storm windows.
There are two types of storm windows: exterior storm windows and interior storm windows. Exterior storm windows are installed on the outside of the home. They serve as your home’s first line of defense, protecting your regular windows from the brunt of winter’s wrath. Snow, ice, freezing rain and wind are kept outdoors. Double hung and sliding storm windows can include an integrated screen feature, so you can open the storm window during pleasant weather. Deadlite storm windows are made for situations where the windows never opened. There are also exterior storm windows available for picture windows.
Interior storm windows are installed on the inside of the home. These windows generally do not open; they are installed with clips or magnetic clasps for easy removal at the end of a season. Interior storm windows are the most affordable option. They can be used on their own, or in combination with exterior storm windows for the ultimate in winter comfort. Interior storm windows are available in a variety of styles to meet the most popular decor styles locally. They come in a variety of finishes, including white, almond and dark bronze.
Luckily, although winter is intense in the South Shore, it’s also relatively short. Once January’s coldest days are behind us, February is but a brief and chilly interlude before spring’s warm winds arrive in March. Storm windows can make the season more comfortable and pleasant for your entire family.