Author: Duffy Hoffman
Title of Treatment: Storm Installation, Extruded Aluminum Product
Class of Treatment: [ ] Maintain, [ ] Stabilize, [ ]Repair, [x] Upgrade, [ ] Exception
Type of Treatment: [ ] Traditional, [x] Contemporary, [ ] Conservation
Condition to be Treated: Window that needs a storm.
Description: Installation of an Extruded Aluminum, Flush Mount, Commercial Product, Residential Storm Window
Carefully read and understand the manufacturer's installation instructions before you begin installation. Always follow the manufacturer's procedures and directions exactly when installing a commercial product storm window. The manufacturer's directions should take precedent over the following guidelines.
Assure the mounting surface at the sill and around all three surfaces of the blind stop (storm bed) are clean and smooth.
Assure the existing casing trim or brick molding and blind stop around the window opening are solid and securely fastened. Assure the sill is solid and slopes to the exterior for water and condensation flow to the outside.
Measure the exterior storm bed (blind stop and sill) opening for a storm that fits into the storm bed and not over the face of the window casings. Follow manufacturers recommendations for measuring. Perform all horizontal measurements for width from the top, middle and bottom. Similarly, all height measurements should be done at the right, center and left. This allows you to see if the opening is out of square.
Pick a color for the aluminum that matches the sash color or use metal oil based paint to match the sash color. If painting, it's best to do so in a controlled shop environment rather than after installation. Spraying will give a better appearance than hand brushing.
Use a paintable sealant to seal the storm into the storm bed without covering weep holes along the bottom edge of the rail system.
• Storm window
• Metal oil paint
Quality of Results:
Storm is installed neatly and fills the entire storm bed. Weep holes on bottom rail of storm are fully opened and not sealed shut. Casings and blind stops are secure. Sills are pitched/angled to the outside. Operable glass and screen panels move smoothly. Paintable sealant was used to bed the storm window frame. Painting of aluminum was sprayed in the shop and done well.
Storm is installed neatly with a few areas of wood showing in the storm bed. Weep holes on bottom rail of storm are fully opened and not caulked shut. Casings and blind stops are secure. Sills are pitched/angled to the outside. Operable glass and screen panels move smoothly. Paintable sealant was used to bed the storm window frame. Painting of aluminum was done after installation and shows brush strokes.
Storm is not installed neatly. Storm frame was not sealed to the storm bed. Weep holes at bottom of storm rail have been sealed shut. Casings and blind stops were not secured. Sills are pitched/angled to the inside. Operable glass and screen panels don't move smoothly. The aluminum frame is a different color than the window sashes.
Controlling the movement of air and heat through windows.
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