Storm Windows on Aluminum Windows

All the directions I've seen for installing a storm window on an existing window have to do with screwing the flange into a wooden frame. My frames are aluminum and very narrow; any screw going through the aluminum would probably interfere with the window track. The exterior wall is brick. How would a storm window be installed in this situation?
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You should be able to use metal screws. It's hard for me to imagine that they are so large to interfere with install since the screws would only need to penetrate the frame slightly. It would leave an ugly hole in the frame when the storm is removed, a cosmetic isuue.
Better, contact the manufacturer of the window if possible. If your window are designed for storms they will know and may have them for sale. If you live down south this it very possible that your windows were not made with storms in mind. Why do you feel you need storm windows. What is the weather like in your location? Replacement windows are not so difficut a project. Don't rule it out.
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Lawrence wrote:
<<Better, contact the manufacturer of the window if possible. If your window are designed for storms they will know and may have them for sale. If you live down south this it very possible that your windows were not made with storms in mind. Why do you feel you need storm windows. What is the weather like in your location? Replacement windows are not so difficut a project. Don't rule it out. >>
Hi Lawrence, thanks for your reply. I live in Tennessee. I don't have a tremendous need for storm windows for their intended purpose, but I'm considering them as part of an overall noise reduction system.
I didn't realize that some windows were made for storms and other were not. That's not addressed in the literature I've read, but I have taken your suggestion and emailed the manufacturer. I may need to send them a photograph before they know what I'm talking about.
Thanks.
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Most modern windows will not be designed with storms in mind. Some of these are made for the southern market. Tennessee is pretty far south but for sure gets some cold weather. In other cases, double or triple paned windows are already so efficient that no storms are needed.
In some cases a storm window can be fitted into the location where your window screens reside. Typically sreens are swapped for storms seasonally. You local hardware (Ace) may be able to build this type of window for you with the same thickness frame as your existing screens.
I live in Minnesota where a lot of older homes have the storm windows. Storm widows here are only used on the old-fashioned windows that were designed with them. Folk with modern windows have no need for storm windows and do not use them. Your best choice for noise reduction will be new windows.
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New quality replacement windows will reduce sound tremendously. We are a block away from railroad and the new windows when locked block the majority of noise. I cannot believe what a difference the new windows make. When we do the rest next year I will be so happy.

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<<Your best choice for noise reduction will be new windows. >>
Lot more money, though. And some of these windows are double-width. I'm already making some interior solid shutters that *may* provide the sound insulation I need, but I was hoping for a quicker, easier fix.
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Yea, money is always a problem. Interior shutters are a very good idea but make sure you keep track of what yu spend on them since the issue is money. If you plan to shutter the windows from the inside and block out the noise as well as the air and the light then you may as well board them over completely giving you security as well, haha.
Seriously, I do that with my windows each summer on the south side of the house. I use one inch of foil backed foam board cut to fit inside the window frame. Don't know about the noise though since the A/C makes so much noise. Definitely helps keep the kichen dark and cool. I won't do this with all my window though. It would be too much like a cave.
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Lawrence wrote:
<<It would be too much like a cave. >>
Yeah, that is a concern. I may replace the solid shutter with one that has a thick piece of glass; hence I was hoping for the option of a storm window to make up for any lack of adequate sound insulation.
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You should consider replacing them but not with metal frames. Metal frames suck cold weather into the house. Get vinyl frames and you'll never have to paint them.
WHat about blowing insulation into the walls? That will also make a big difference in noise.
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is their any room next to the window with wood on it before it hits brick or is it brick to window.
if you have brick to window I hope you have newer thermal windows. my nieghbor just replace his with this type of set up. try real shutters that close and latch. hence (storm) windows. :)
I have a similiar set up. and there is a alumium frame extension for the window you don't see that goes un der the wood siding then there's the brick. and the stormwindow goes right out side of the aluminum window frame and is screwed in.
good luck.
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On Jun 21, 8:38 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
<<is their any room next to the window with wood on it before it hits brick or is it brick to window. >>
Brick to brick. I might be able to screw some wood strips into the brick to provide a mount for the windows.
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<<Brick to brick.>>
Sorry, make that "brick to window."
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Well... of course you can do that. There are several techniques and fasteners designed for masonry. It would be hard to make it look good, don't know if you are concerned with appearance.
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Lawrence:
<<It would be hard to make it look good, don't know if you are concerned with appearance.>>
That's always a factor. I'm thinking that the flange on the storm window will hide any wood strip, though.
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