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Choosing Storm and Utility Windows

Storm windows are an economical, easy way to increase the efficiency of older, single-pane windows. They reduce the flow of outside air into your home. And, the airspace between the storm window and your existing window works as an added insulation factor.

Utility windows are a low-cost alternative to using regular house windows in areas that do not necessarily require them. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Storm Windows

Storm windows are normally used in conjunction with single-hung, double-hung and slider-type windows:

  •   • Configuration options

You may choose from two track, triple track, two track slider or basement (also called picture) storm windows:

  •   • In a two-track storm window the half-screen and the outer pane or sash both rest in the outside track, and neither one slides up or down. The inside pane rests in a separate track and may be raised to allow fresh air into your home.

  •   • In a triple-track storm window each pane and the half-screen rests in its own individual track, so each sash can move independently. With this added flexibility you can pass items through the open window when necessary. You can also move both glass panes to the bottom of the window with the screen at the top for better cross-ventilation during temperate weather.

  •   • Two-track slider storm windows are just like regular two-track storm windows, except they open horizontally instead of vertically. Two-track sliders are usually used with slider windows.

  •   • In a picture storm window there is only one pane, similar to a typical picture window. The pane is held in place by thumb latches on the outside of the storm window frame for easy removal during mild weather. Some picture storm windows have a screen made into the inside of the frame to keep insects out when the pane is removed. Picture storm windows are usually only available in the following sizes:

Picture storm window sizes

Width Height
32 1/16" 14 1/16"
32 1/16" 18 1/16"
32 1/16" 22 1/16"

Some newer models have multi-point locking systems.

Measure carefully for a good fit.

  •   • Colour Options

  • Storm windows are commonly available in brown, white and mill, a silvery, aluminum colour. Some manufacturers also produce storm windows in almond. Most homeowners should be able to find a colour to compliment their home.

  •   • Measuring for Storm Windows

To ensure a good fit, it is important to have accurate measurements.

Storm Windows are currently not available at Lowe’s.

Utility Windows

Utility windows are great for storage sheds and hobby shops.

Utility windows are excellent choices for storage sheds, utility buildings and hobby shops. These windows feature a sloped sill, full screen, all metal construction and awning type roll out panes. They are available to fit rough openings of the following sizes:

Width Height
17 3/4" 15 1/4"
17 3/4" 22 3/8"
24 1/8" 15 1/4"
24 1/8" 22 3/8"

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