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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!

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Why Storm Windows Might Be Right For You

When you invest in new windows, there are many materials and styles to choose from. Most people invest in low maintenance materials like fiberglass, aluminum or vinyl. These are all great window frame materials. Some people choose to invest in reinforced storm windows. You can find storm windows with aluminum, vinyl, fiberglass and even composite wood frames. No matter which material you use, you will see many benefits to investing in storm windows. This article explains some of the biggest perks of storm frames.

Storm Frames are Stronger

You have to remember that storm windows are made to withstand the most sever weather conditions. However, they are still ideal for properties in mild climates. Storm frames are generally built with thicker frames. They are thicker and stronger so they can withstand (for example) driving winds, sleet and falling debris. So, they will certainly be able to stand up to everyday usage.

Thicker Storm Frames Have More Insulation

The great thing about thicker, reinforced storm frames is the fact that it adds more insulation to your home. Thick, hollow fiberglass or vinyl frames can even be stuffed with insulation. This will improve the solar and thermal efficiency of your windows.

Storm Frames Have Multiple Panes

Storm frames are also fitted with multiple panes. Two or three panes of glass will dramatically increase the efficient of your window. The space between the panes is filled with pressurized air or argon gas. This further increases the insulation and makes it much easier to keep your home comfortable. During the summer and winter, you can be less reliant on your AC and heating devices: saving some money and running a greener household.

Storm Frames Have Tempered Glass

The panes in storm windows use tempered glass. Tempered glass is safer because it is less likely to break.  If it does break, the glass forms into small round pebbles that are not as sharp as normal glass. This is why some building codes require having tempered glass in all windows in bathrooms.

Storm windows are made for homes in areas where the weather is severe. However, they have plenty of benefits for homes in mild climates. You can have a longer lasting window that will also help increase the solar and thermal efficiency of your home. They will cost you a little extra money, but they could pay for themselves over time when you consider your reduced energy bills. Contact a local window contractor, like Fas Windows and Doors, with any questions.