HELP - triple track storm windows over Jeld-Wen???

mdlnMay 29, 2014

Is it worth putting triple track storm windows over new Jeld-Wen windows???

Yes, I realize Jeld-Wen was not a good choice. Too late, they are already installed.

This is a fire restoration and insurance company will pay to replace the triple track storm windows. Is it worth doing this?

Thank you!

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oberon476

If they are jeld-wen clad wood windows, then yes it is absolutely worth putting the storms on, especially if the insurance company is paying for them.

If they are jeld-wen vinyl windows then there could be questions about possibility of heat build up between the windows and the storms.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 10:16PM
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mdln

Thank you oberon.

They are vinyl....

Have read about the potential heat build up issue, just not sure how significant of a risk it is.

Am in the Chicago area, and we have much more cold than heat. It seems summer lasts 2 months, at best. We had snow 2 weeks ago - in the middle of May!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:36PM
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windowsonwashington

As long as you leave the storm open in the summer, you should be fine.

That being said, I have seen plenty of triple track storms that seal more tightly than the interior window they are married to and what that results in is trapped humidity and a bunch of icing on that outer storm.

Not a good look.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 7:47AM
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toddinmn

Take the money and wait and see how the jeld-Wens perform . The storm window will not be able to removed from the inside with a vinyl window, you'd have to remove the storm window completely to clean the glass.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 8:07AM
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mdln

@windowswashington - thanks for pointing out that keeping them open will decrease the risk. While obvious, I'd not thought of that. THANK YOU!

@toddinmn - cannot "take the money." Need to either get them installed now or lose the opportunity for the insurance company to pay for their replacement. They will only pay - if they see them actually installed.

The Jeld-Wen are double hung, so I can flip them inward to clean.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 6:44PM
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toddinmn

I meant to clean the outside of the storms from the inside.
Usually a vinyl extrusions are to wide to allow the storm sashes to be removed from the inside. The finger pulls can also be hard to get to.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 9:36AM
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mdln

thanks toddinmn for the clarification.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 12:22PM
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windowsonwashington

Good Catch Todd!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 12:37PM
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