Preventing Condensation, Stopping Drafts and Other Challenges With Windows

Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.

Permanent Vs. Temporary Storm Shutters


Storm shutters can truly protect your home in desperate times. During severe storms, rains, and flooding, a properly installed storm shutter can keep water out of your house and protect your glass from impact. There are obviously many different types of storm shutters on the market. This article compares permanent storm shutters to temporary shutters.

Permanent Shutters

Permanent shutters are those that are always attached to the outside of your windows on hinges. They can be easily opened and closed at a moment's notice, too. This is obviously very convenient in the case of a sudden storm. Most people who have permanent shutters obviously want something that isn't going to be an eyesore.

Plantation-style shutters are an extremely popular window shutter treatment. You don't have to sacrifice functionality when it comes to plantation shutters. They can be just as protective as any other type of shutter. If you can make a plantation shutter look good with the style of your home, it is one of the most convenient options. Plantation shutters can match the trim colors around the rest of your home. Most storm shutters are made out of water resistant materials like vinyl or stainless steel.

Temporary Shutters

Many people don't like having any sort of shutter permanently attached to the outside of their home. They just don't think they look good or match with the rest of their exterior decor. If you are one of these homeowners, temporary shutters are the only option.

A temporary shutter basically needs to be attached to your window before a storm hits. You can keep the shutters out of sight, in storage or in a garage. Of course, the mounting mechanisms will need to be permanently attached to the outside of your windows. However, these are usually very low profile and hard to notice. For some homeowners, especially those who live in areas where storms are very rare but it is still necessary to have storm shutters, temporary shutters are a great choice. They can usually be attached within a matter of a couple hours, and they provide great protection to your windows.

In the end, there is no right or wrong solution for any home. It really comes down to how frequently you will need to utilize your shutters, and what you want the outside of your home to look like during the time that you don't have your shutters attached. It really comes down to personal style because both products are equally functional.


25 March 2018