Skip to main content

Window Q&A

Q: I live in a 19th-century rowhouse with original wood windows. My carpenter says I can't install exterior storms unless I "box in" the windows—which I don't want to do. Could we install interior storm windows? And is that a good idea? —Timothy Boggs, Washington, D.C.

A: Dave Martin, president of Cincinnati-based Allied Window, Inc., says interior storm windows would be appropriate for your home. He says magnetic interior storms slip into U-shaped channels added to the tops of existing windows, attach to aluminum stops, and sit on special weather-stripping at the sill. The result is a tight-sealing magnetic storm window that is easily removable. Operating versions of the inserts with screens are also available.