Storm windows can give you the added protection against the elements which your property so badly needs, without the need to spend thousands of dollars on having a completely new installation carried out, and without having to have your property in a state of total disrepair for several weeks while the enhancement is made. You can fit a storm window on either the outside or the inside of an an existing window, and in both cases the insulation properties of the window will be enhanced. The choice is one of practicality and appearance.
People who already have an installation of windows which are framed with the latest materials, and which are highly effective against the elements, may wonder what are storm windows actually for? Of course, it is not these people which are in need of them in the first place. If you have the resources to have a completely new installation of windows carried out in your home, then you will achieve a higher degree of insulation than you can possibly gain by modifying your existing windows. If you can have the installed to Energy Star standards, you will gain even more. The initial outlay is prohibitive for many, though, and that is where a storm window installation comes in.
The materials which are used in a storm window installation are not as critical as they would be for an outside window, especially if the storm window is going to be fitted inside. A interior installation is not going to have to deal with being battered by the elements, and it is not going to have to have a fitting which is there to help rain water drain away. What it will need to be able to do is insulate the room against heat loss by effectively providing an extra layer to the existing window, and turning single lazing into double glazing.
A well carried out installation of storm windows can also help to make the property more secure against intrusion. It is important not to rely on these windows as a layer of defense, and to make sure that your exterior windows are as secure as possible, but there is no harm in having an extra layer of security should it be needed. If you fit the windows in the right way, it can be impossible to simply shatter the glass and enter the property, and the window frame can also be made impossible to force open.
Installing any kind of window is not a job for those who are unaccustomed to to it, even when that window is merely an interior extension of the existing window. If you have the necessary skills and experience, you will certainly find this an easier job than a full window installation, and you can save money by investing your own sweat equity into your property. You are likely to find this especially appealing if your main motivation for creating the extra insulation was to save money, but be careful not to cut any corners.
You can also have storm windows professionally installed, and this should ensure that the fitting is carried out to the highest possible standard. Now that the Internet allows independent reviews of service businesses to be published, it is harder for workmen who do not do a satisfactory job to stay in business. This will be a relatively minor job for a professional window installer, as there is no structural alteration to the property. As long as you can give a concise description of what it is you want to achieve, you should be able to benefit for many years from your new storm windows.