Friday, April 27, 2007

Storm Windows

I couldn't stand it anymore.

I took down one of the aluminum triple track storm windows on the front of my house. The other will follow this weekend.

I know, I know....how on earth could I pull down something so attractive that is face nailed on the the exterior wood trim of my windows?!

After almost 4 years of hunting for vintage wood storm windows at my local salavage places (we are talking weekly trips), I came to terms with the fact that if I wanted wood storms, I was going to have to buy them new. So, I went down to Diamond Lake Ace Hardware and put my order in. They will arrive in 3 weeks.

Of course, I am a glutton for punishment. I told them not to put in any glass. I may have new storms, but I'll be darned if they won't have wavy glass. Now I just need to decide on a paint color for the wood trim (the storms will stay gray).

9 comments:

Carol said...

Hurray for you! I can hear your house sighing in relief all the way over in Chicagoland.

Greg said...

It's finny that I've never lived north of the Mason/Dixon line and even I've heard of how bad triple-track storms look. Good for you.

(Ok, technically, I do now live north of the Mason/Dixon line, but you know what I mean)

StuccoHouse said...

Carol - It's really wierd but it does seem like my house breathes easier with the vinyl & alumnimum coming down.

Greg - Well, in all probability it was me whining for 4 yrs on all of the old house forums about my triple tracks that you heard ;-) I've hated them since day one. They truely are hideous. Once those 2 are down....only 17 more to go.

aaron said...

I've replaced the glass in wood storm windows and it's actually kinda fun. Glazing is tough at first but you get the hang of it and I bet the wavy historical glass will really finish off the windows.

Someone put the aluminum storms on my house and I wonder if they've ever even worked properly, most are missing screens or other components. Maybe one day they will be missing altogether. :)

Charles said...

How much are your new storms going to cost from Ace?

I have a Mpls house also and need to replace the storms for performance more than aesthetic reasons.

StuccoHouse said...

I'll end up paying about $14/ sq ft for my storms.

Of all things, you can also special order wood frame storms from Menards - they use a place called Lindsay Co. I was quoted approx $12/sq ft from tham last year.

There is a guy in St. Paul that custom makes wood framed combination windows. I have his contact info somewhere...I think he was more in the ballpark of $20/ sq ft. A&A Millwork on Hiawatha carries his stuff - but have a large mark-up on it. A&A also makes basic wood framed storms...but I've found them to be very pricey on other things, so I didn't bother to price their storms.

Marvin also makes a wood framed combination that looks pretty good. They are least expensive option I've listed. I'll most likely use these on my remaining (non-street facing) windows.

Anonymous said...

Good on you for fighting the good fight. I and my beautiful wavy-glassed old storms get no respect. "Just get combinations" everyone says, "vinyl inserts are cheap". I shudder at the thought.

Holly Breymaier said...

"There is a guy in St. Paul that custom makes wood framed combination windows. I have his contact info somewhere...I think he was more in the ballpark of $20/ sq ft."
Can you provide a contact for this person ?
Also, did Hiawatha Lumber tell you about the Marvin "wood framed combination" storms ?

Andy said...

Sounds like I'm in the same boat as all of you. I'm really interested in the wood combination storm windows. A & A Millwork wanted $375/window. That's out of my budget. Does anyone know who the person in St. Paul that makes them? Thx

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