do‐it‐yourself storm windows - clear plastic sheets
Bernard Gladstone Zhan
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Good storm windows will save fuel and help them keep their homes warm and comfortable in the winter by eliminating cold airflow and minimizing ventilation.
Heat lost through a single piece of glass
However, many homeowners still do not have storm windows because the cost of buying custom metal units and installing them professionally is high.
Just peel off the plastic.
Then, flexible paper can be stored and reused when needed.
To increase the practicality of their products tenneco people have also introduced a colored plastic that can replace transparent materials in the summer to reduce the heat absorbed by windows exposed to the Sun
Thus reducing the cost of air conditioning.
The company is also marketing a flexible plastic screening material that can replace winTo's solid plastic insert, providing most of the energy saving benefits of pro.
Fessionally installed the storm belt, but it only cost a small part of their cost, at least two different manufacturers are producing their own hands-on kits, this makes it easy for any homeowner or apartment resident to assemble and install their own plastic storm windows.
These cheap units are mainly designed to eliminate the air-conditioning flow around the loosely mounted windows, providing additional thermal insulation value, and are a boon for those with large or odd size windows, and those that rarely use sliding glass doors;
If any, neither product makes storm windows as easy to use or clean as metal combo storm windows (
Probably not that effective either)
, And is not really intended to be used on every window of the House (
When the window is to be opened, the transparent plastic used for the glass window must be removed)
, But both provide a solution for those who need a storm window but cannot provide a solution.
Price of professional installation equipment-
Or those who have problems with the odd size or the odd-shaped opening.
Advertising both wind-proof windows use clear plastic instead of glass as glass material, both use a molded plastic decoration to form a fairly permanent frame, fix the plastic firmly by the window.
However, they differ in at least two ways: the type of plastic glazing material used and the recommended installation method.
The first one, called the "inside", uses a layer of rigid styrene as a glass material.
Described by its manufacturer (
Plaskolite 1770 Zheng Xinyi Avenue.
COLUMBUS, Ohio 43219)
As a "wind shield" rather than a storm window, it is designed to be installed only on the inside of the window --
When used outside, the transparent styrene does not stand up very well.
The second storm window kit, known as "weather or not", uses a soft, three-layer, thick, transparent vinyl glass material.
Its manufacturer (
Park 80, Westfield Medical Chemistry, Saddle Creek, New YorkJ. 07662)
It is mainly designed for installation outside the window, like a traditional storm window, although it can also be installed inside if it is more convenient (
For example, on the upper floor of an apartment or private residence).
In addition to including a piece of transparent polystyrene plastic, the "Insicir" kit includes rigid vinyl mounting trim strips with self-adhesive backing to allow connection to the frame around the window (or to plaster)
Just press it in place.
These have a folded or hinged face, so that in order to secure the plastic in place, fold the face of the belt, position the transparent plastic sheet, and then, by closing the strap, and break it along the entire length of the strap and lock it in place.
This allows for the removal of transparent plastic at any time by simply "unplugging" the folded vinyl strip that holds transparent plastic.
To replace it, the paper is repositioned, and then the three bands are closed off using a vinyl molded vinyl break, one along the top and two along each side.
In order to provide a tight seal along the bottom where the plastic sheet falls on the top of the windowsill, there is a special windowsill decoration (
Also made of rigid vinyl)
When the plastic is pushed in from the top, it grabs the bottom of the "glass" and once one of the units is installed, the vinyl styling remains permanently --
When protection is no longer needed in summer (
Unless there is air conditioning in the room, it is still a good idea to leave the room), the.
The transparent paper is removed from the mold and stored elsewhere.
Tenneco's "no matter what the weather" kit also uses extruded plastic to decorate the styling, but their styling is actually divided into two parts, one bottom channel and one t-section, which is inserted into it, to maintain the position of flexible transparent plastic materials.
The channel section is cut into the required length on all sides of each storm window, and then these sections are connected through a special lock corner block in each corner.
The flexible transparent plastic sheet is then tightly stretched over a frame formed in this way, and then the T-strip is forced along each side into the groove in the Channel
Therefore, in the case of still tight stretching, lock it firmly in the appropriate position.
The assembled frame is then installed outside the window with small nails, screws, and the staplthe transparent plastic can be removed and replaced at any time by pulling out the t-channel strip, which may be needed during the summer.
Of course, the advertising price of any of the above storm window kits will change with the size of the window.
However, for a typical window of about 2 feet by 3 feet, the internal material will take about $6 to $7;
Materials using weather or similar size windows that do not use the kit will range from $8 to $9.
At present, both companies are marketing through large hardware stores, chain stores and department stores, as well as their own home centers.
A version of the file was printed on page 129 of the New York edition on January 12, 1975, with the title "do-it-yourself storm window ".