Triple Track Storm Windows
The storm window has been a popular answer to home protection for many years, and most of the internally fitted storm windows will serve you well and solve a percentage of your problems. What they cannot do is offer any protection to your window glass from the extremes of bad weather.
It is important to take the time out at the start to consider every possibility for improving your windows, and to make sure that you make the right choice. A lot will depend on your objectives, but the age and condition of the property, the area in which it is located, the prevailing weather conditions and the length of time you intend to live there are all important factors. The most comprehensive solution is also the most expensive and difficult one, and that is to have the existing windows completely replaced with new energy efficient ones. Even that will not provide any greater degree of protection to the glass itself, whereas external storm windows can and will.
The materials used in triple track windows are also significant because the outer layer has to be able to withstand everything thrown at it. It is still possible to use modern toughened glass, and even glass which would be suitable for use in the main house windows. The material in the third layer is typically a screen as it only has a limited role to play in insulation and protection. The frame materials will also have a direct bearing on the longevity of the entire installation, as they will be constantly battered with the elements as well. The sun can be just as great a threat to window frames as the bad weather, as strong ultraviolet light can cause warping.
The three most common frame alternatives for triple track storm windows are aluminum, wood and vinyl, although other polymers and fiberglass compounds are now coming on to the market. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, so it a case of choosing the most suitable solution for your specific circumstances. If you live in a warmer climate, aluminum will be a good choice as the fact that it is not efficient at storing heat will not matter. You will benefit from the fact that aluminum will not warp and bend when subjected to strong ultraviolet light as other materials do.
Where the climate is colder and heat loss is a serious problem it is probably better to use a wooden or vinyl frame, as aluminum will conduct the heat you generate out into the air. The major problem with vinyl is that it can warp and bend dramatically in hot weather, but if the temperature will rarely reach those levels it can be durable and easy to maintain. Wood will always need more maintenance no matter what the temperature or weather conditions. If you live in a climate which experiences both hot and cold extremes, fitting fiberglass may be the best solution.
Whichever material you choose for your triple track storm windows and frames, it will need to be installed to the highest standard to prevent leakage and damage in the future. External fittings can be fitted by the home owner if they have enough skill and the right tools, but having the job done by a qualified professional will guarantee that you will gain the most benefit from your windows, as long as you can find the right installer. The Internet makes it easier to find quality installers of triple track storm windows.