02:51PM | 12/26/05
Member Since: 12/25/05
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We have 12 windows in the great room of a chalet-style house built in the 1970s. They are single panes, single unit windows that are not designed to open. Each is framed with cedar wood and their widths from one to the other vary slightly -- maybe an inch to inch and a half. Someone told me they had Sears come out several years ago and install exteior storm windows at their house, and that they did so by first installing small metal strips around the exterior wood strips surrounding each window, then snapping into place each storm window, which had a magnetic edge, creating an airtight seal. Has anyone heard of this and its approximate cost. Or is there a better solution? I might note that the six top windows have tops that are at a pretty steep angle, matching the almost "A" frame pitch of the roofline. Our goals in doing this is to raise the temperature of the room in the winter, since it remains cold while the lower-roof parts of the house are warmer. I was also wondering about insulation qualities of Plexiglass vs glass.


10:17AM | 01/18/06
Member Since: 09/09/05
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I've never heard of anyone installing magnetic storm windows on the outside,....only inside.

The ones I have seen are a good addition to picture windows and look just fine. As far as glass or plexi, there is not a difference in energy savings. It's the airtight dead air space that makes the difference.


10:09AM | 04/16/07
Member Since: 04/15/07
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I had some on the inside of doorwalls in a previous home I owned in the 90s...very effective insulators. They had acrylic, and were expensive, but worth every penny. I got them through Sears.

I want them on the windows where I live now, but am unable to find them. Sears doesn't carry them anymore. Does anyone know where I can get them?


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